University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

MA in Counseling with a K-12 School Emphasis



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling with a K-12 School Emphasis

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling with an Emphasis in School Counseling prepares you to promote the academic, career, personal, and social development of K-12 students. This part-time, online program will provide you with a broad, theoretical foundation in counseling. You will receive hands-on experiences that will provide you with the skills and training needed to become a professional school counselor. A commitment to social justice and appreciation of diversity is also integrated throughout the curriculum. As a graduate of the online MA in Counseling program, you will: -Work in K-12 settings as a professional school counselor, assisting students and parents with educational planning and the social and emotional development of the student. -Help students evaluate their abilities, talents, and personalities to develop realistic academic and career goals. -Use interviews, counseling sessions, interest and aptitude assessment tests, and other methods to evaluate and advise students in educational and personal development. -Develop, implement, and evaluate high quality, comprehensive school counseling programs. -Assist students who have academic and social development problems or other special needs. -Teach students the life skills they need to deal with problems. Designed for working professionals, you will participate in "live" Web classes held at set times in the evenings. This program requires 4 brief visits to the UND campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota and participation in a school practicum and internship near your local community. Completion of this program leads to eligibility for state department of education licensure in North Dakota as a school counselor and may be compatible with licensure requirements in other states. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition rate, this can translate into big savings for you!


Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 48-50

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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