Salem College’s online Master of Education in School Counseling (MEd – SC) program prepares passionate educators who want to make a difference in the lives of students. As one of the top Master of Education degree programs in North Carolina, our online graduate program meets the expectations and needs of the most sophisticated and demanding educators.

Through a research-driven program, Salem’s online MEd – SC degree program allows students to gain the knowledge and skills required to become licensed school counselors. Students will learn about advocacy, ethics, legal issues, assessment and evaluation, career counseling, personal development counseling, action research and program management.

The program is comprised of online classes, internship experiences and two weekend seminars on the beautiful Salem College campus. The MEd - SC program follows a cohort model in which new students begin in fall semester and can complete their degrees in 36 months.

The demand for knowledgeable and highly-skilled school counselors is significant and on the rise. Counselors enjoy a rewarding career with a high level of responsibility, and are vital to any educational institution. Counselors provide support and guidance for students throughout the education process. They also collaborate with parents, teachers and other school personnel to promote positive outcomes in students’ academic, career, and social-emotional development.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or at least 12 hours of graduate work with a 3.0 GPA (applicants with a GPA of 2.70-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission if there is availability in the cohort). Applicants must also have acceptable writing samples, criminal background check, and professional references. For the present cohort, we are focusing only on students who are residents of North Carolina. 

The School Counseling Curriculum Guide lists the program courses which must be taken and in the order or combination in which they are listed. Please contact Dr. Nancy Matthews, at or 336/721-2660 with any specific questions.

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Candidates who successfully complete the MEd - SC program and who earn the required minimum score on the PRAXIS II Specialty Area Test in Professional School Counseling will be eligible for North Carolina licensure as a school counselor.  Candidates interested in being licensed in other states should research the specific requirements for licensure in those states.

We are currently accepting applications for our fall 2020 cohort.

Online Information Session

Register to join us January 28, 2020, 7:00-8:00 pm for an Online Information Session.

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