Graduate Program (MA)

School Counseling

Trusted and confident. Problem solvers and decision makers. Collaborators and consultants. That's a school counselor. Rooted in the Jesuit tradition, Xavier shapes school counselors willing to offer the individual attention, community building, and ethics and values that it takes to work in a school setting.

Admission

We invite applications from students with a bachelor's degree and a solid academic background. You may begin the program in the summer, fall, or spring term. To apply for official acceptance as a degree-seeking student, submit the following application materials online to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  • Completed online application (choose Counseling, then Clinical Mental Health)
  • One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work from accredited colleges or universities.
  • A resume.
  • A five hundred word minimum statement of purpose for graduate study.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals commenting on the applicant's academic/professional potential.
  • Official test scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • The MAT is offered here at Xavier. For information about registering for the MAT, please call 513-745-3531. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.

Applicants should either have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above and a MAT score of 390 or above, or a score of 4.0 or above on the analytical section of the GRE.

Application deadlines are:

  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Summer Semester: February 1
  • Fall Semester: February 1

Faculty will review the pool of applications after each of these dates and will then invite selected candidates to an on-campus interview to continue the application process.

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Curriculum

The Master of Arts in School Counseling program offerings are divided into four groupings that will lead the student through a general sequence of academic experiences. Introductory courses are presented in Group I, with intermediate offerings available in Group II. Students should complete most of each group before proceeding to the next group. Groups III & IV requirements should be attempted only after Group I courses are completed.
Group I 17 hours
  • COUN 501 (3) Lifespan Development
  • COUN 533 (3) Counseling Theories & Techniques
  • COUN 536 (3) Group Process
  • COUN 537 (3) Intro to School Counseling
  • COUN 579 (2) Psychological & Achievement Testing
  • COUN 636 (3) Career Counseling
Group II 11 hours
  • COUN 509 (2) Counseling Research Methods
  • COUN 631 (2) Counseling Issues & Ethics
  • COUN 638 (2) Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • COUN 640 (2) Family Relations
  • COUN 669 (3) Pre-Practicum
Group III 10 hours
  • COUN 773 (3) Counseling Practicum
  • COUN 503 (2) Crisis Intervention in Schools
  • EDAD 565 (3) School Law I
  • COUN 502 (2) intro to College Counseling
Group IV 13 hours
  • EDSP 500 (3) Special Education: Identification & Issues
  • COUN 538 (3) Advanced School Counseling
  • COUN 539 (3) Child Psychopathology
  • COUN 670 (4) Counseling Internship
Electives To Be Taken Anytime 9 hours
Total 60 Hours MA awarded

All students must complete COUN 670 (4 sem. hrs.). COUN 670 requires that a minimum of 600 clock hours of on-site school counseling activities be completed under the direct supervision of a school counselor. Of these 600 hours, a minimum of 240 clock hours must be conducted in direct service activities with clientele. On-campus class meetings are also scheduled as part of this experience.

Sample Courses

COUN 501 - Lifespan Development - 3 Credit Hours - Understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, learning theory and personality development, normal and abnormal behavior, lifespan transitions.

COUN 533 - Counseling Theories & Tech - 3 Credit Hours - Theory of counseling, case method, ethics, relationships to testing and to other sources of data, interviewing, place and value of records, clinical procedures.

COUN 537 - Intro To School Counseling - 3 Credit Hours - Administrative operations related to school counseling services, personnel and staffing, budget, and public relations.

COUN 579 - Psychological & Achieve Test - 2 Credit Hours - Group tests. Testing procedures. Rationale of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interest, and personality tests. Selection and evaluation of group tests.

COUN 642 - Consultation and Supervision - 3 Credit Hours - Historical development of consultation and models of consultation. Application of theoretical material to case presentations. Supervision techniques, strategies, and ethical responsibilities of supervisors in a counseling setting.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MA Counseling Programs $620
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2018-19 school year, and include classes from Summer 2018 though Spring 2019. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.

offerings Since a majority of students are employed, class and curricular offerings are scheduled in the late afternoon, evenings, and weekends to accommodate student schedules.

offerings

Since a majority of students are employed, class and curricular offerings are scheduled in the late afternoon, evenings, and weekends to accommodate student schedules.

SCHOOL COUNSELING

internship
INTERNSHIP

All of our students complete a 600 hour internship under the supervision of a current school counselor. This type of experience makes connections for our students and prepares them to transition straight to a school counseling role upon graduation.

counselor certification approved
COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION APPROVED

Each state has its own requirements in applying for and granting school counseling certification. That said, the Xavier School Counseling Program already meets the course requirements for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, plus other states. To check all states, simply connect with our Office of Graduate Services.

broad career opportunities
BROAD CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Xavier school counselors are employed in elementary, middle, and junior high schools, as well as high schools and post secondary schools.

Fully Accredited

The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Xavier by the numbers

1

CLASSES MEET ONCE A WEEK MAKING OUR PROGRAM FLEXIBLE FOR STUDENTS WHO WORK

Over 100

PARTNERSHIPS WITH SCHOOL AND CLINICAL SITES TO OFFER PLENTY OF INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

23

NUMBER OF STUDENTS PER CLASS

2017

ROBERT FRANK OUTSTANDING COUNSELOR EDUCATION PROGRAM RECIPIENT