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Education - School Counseling

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The school counseling program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education to prepare students for careers as school counselors in K-12 public, private, and charter schools. The program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Faculty members are recognized leaders in the field of school counseling and provide students access to a network of local, state, and national professionals.

Program Overview

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in school counseling includes important educational components for individuals who wish to become school counselors. The program is designed to prepare students with the skills needed to develop and manage a comprehensive school counselor program.


The school counseling program is guided by the American School Counselor Association National Model. It includes a minimum of 36 credits and is designed to be completed in two academic years for full-time students or a minimum of three academic years for part-time students. Students will study a variety of subjects, including:

  • Cultural competency
  • Educational policy
  • Social/emotional development
  • Academic development
  • College and career readiness
  • Counseling techniques

Career Options

The curriculum prepares students for work in K-12 school settings. Students have the opportunity to design their program of study with a targeted emphasis for elementary, middle, and/or high school students. The degree leads to a school counselor endorsement on a current teaching certificate or a school counselor license in Michigan. For more information, visit

Why Study School Counseling at Grand Valley?

  • Professional Identity. Emphasizes an educator-first identity with a specialty in counseling.
  • Hands-on. Students have the opportunity for early exposure to area professionals through practica and internships in the field of school counseling.
  • Intentional. All emphasis-area courses, practica, and internships are specific to K-12 educational settings.
  • Career-oriented. Leadership and professional engagement is available through the School Counselor Graduate Student Organization.
  • Supportive. Faculty with extensive experience encourage success among students as school counselors in their academic endeavors at Grand Valley and later in their careers.
  • Flexible. Evening, weekend, online/hybrid, and summer classes make it easy for working adults to schedule.


“Grand Valley's program worked extremely well. I felt the coursework prepared me for my job today. I feel confident in my student-management skills and I feel very knowledgeable within my field. The program allowed me to make connections within the geographic area where I wanted to eventually work.”


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