Master of Education in School Counseling

Grand Valley State University's Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling prepares students to work as school counselors in K-12 public and private school systems. The M.Ed. in School Counseling program leads to a school counselor endorsement or a school counselor license in Michigan to be used in a school setting.

Students accepted into the M.Ed. in school counseling must have completed coursework in their undergraduate degree in school learning, and classroom management or coursework in these areas will be required as part of their planned program.

Grand Valley State University's College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The faculty are leaders in their fields, combining the philosophy of education and your needs as a practitioner.

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HIGHEST 10% EARNED $170,160


The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $76,000 in May 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest 10 percent earned more than $170,160. The overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Both part-time and full-time postsecondary teachers are included in this projection.School counseling graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Professor

Why Study School Counseling

  • 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.

Courses Offered

The M.Ed. in Educational Technology program is a minimum of 36 credits.

See PDF link below for the Planned Program and the College of Education Course List page for full course descriptions. 


  • Program Type: The School Counseling program allows completers to work in K-12th grade settings.
  • MTTC Certification Test: To be certified and licensed in the state of Michigan, candidates must take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for School Counselor (051). Test information and registration is available on the MTTC website.
  • MDE Endorsement Code: The School Counseling program leads to Michigan Department of Education (MDE) School Counselor License (NT endorsement).
  • Student Outcomes for School Counseling, M.Ed.


The M.Ed. in School Counseling admission requirements and application for admission are available online. The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

Early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be admitted on the basis of program approval. When all application materials have been received, Admissions will forward the complete portfolio for consideration to the College of Education – Student Information and Services Center. Once an application is complete, candidates should allow 4-6 weeks for written notification of their admission status.

  • May 15 — Fall Semester Application Intake
  • September 15 — Winter Semester Application Intake
  • February 15 — Spring/Summer Semester Application Intake

View the Admissions Requirements


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 


For more information, contact:

Judy Stearns Williams
(616) 331-6492

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