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Education, School Counseling, 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. It 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.

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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.

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 as school counselors encourage success among students 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.

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For More Information

College of Education
401 W. Fulton St, Building C, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 331-6650

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is May 15; winter deadline is September 15; spring/summer deadline is February 15. Early application is strongly encouraged, those received after the deadline will be considered for the next cycle. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major are fully online.

Format: Online


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

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