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Master of Education in School Counseling (Online)

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Salem College’s online master of education in school counseling, or MED-SC, program prepares passionate educators who want to make a difference in the lives of K-12 students. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to become licensed school counselors and learn about:

  • Advocacy
  • Ethics
  • Legal issues
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Career counseling
  • Individual, group, and career personal development counseling
  • Action research
  • Program management

The MED-SC program consists of online classes, internship experiences, and two weekend residencies on the Salem campus. It follows a cohort model in which new students start with the fall semester and complete their degrees in 34 months. Salem College’s masters of education in school counseling program was ranked among the top ten online programs in the nation by Forbes Advisor in 2023.

Upcoming Online Information Sessions

To learn more about the program and have the chance to ask questions to our faculty, please make plans to attend one of the following online information sessions over Zoom. There will be registration links available for these events at the end of January.


Student Experience

Students in the School Counseling program have opportunities to explore connections with their professors and each other through, among other things, the program’s signature Residential Weekends. The weekends focus on developing key skills needed for successful counseling through observational hands-on experiences, role playing, and individualized feedback. In addition, students participate in 700 hours of Practicum/Internship in which they are placed in local community schools, working alongside licensed professional school counselors as they carry out-do the day-to-day responsibilities. Finally, Salem’s program is unique in that it follows a cohort model in which students receive dedicated attention from their professors and develop strong relationships and networks with their peers and future colleagues.


Health Leadership Highlights

Mental health is woven throughout the school counseling curriculum. Two examples include:

  • Students in EDUC 664, Individual Counseling learn how effective counseling practice produces changes in the brain and builds new neural networks through neural plasticity and neurogenesis. Students also learn how negative plasticity is associated with long-term stress and trauma and how prevention and intervention efforts may provide a pathway toward improved physical and mental health.
  • Students in EDUC 695, Contemporary Issues in School Counseling study mental health topics as they play out in schools and among students (e.g. violence, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, etc.). Prevention and intervention strategies are emphasized.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by an accreditor that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education or the U.S. Department of Education at the time the credit was awarded 
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or minimum graduate-level grade point average of 3.0 (minimum of 12 completed hours of graduate coursework) 
  • Relevant degrees, coursework, licensure, or work experience in specialty area for which candidate is applying 
  • Satisfactory writing sample  Two professional recommendations  
  • Acceptable criminal background check

Jobs and Outcomes

Demand for knowledgeable and highly-skilled school counselors is on the rise. Counselors enjoy a rewarding career with a high level of responsibility and are vital to any educational institution. They collaborate with parents, teachers and other school personnel to promote positive outcomes in students’ academic, career and social-emotional development. Candidates who successfully complete the MED-SC program and earn the required minimum score on the PRAXIS School Counselor exam II Specialty Area Test in Professional School Counseling are eligible for North Carolina licensure as school counselors. Our graduates are in high demand as K-12 school counselors, career counselors, professional coaches, and social-emotional learning coaches or teachers.


Program Leadership

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