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. Candidates may complete the program via our long established face-to-face format or via our newly approved online format that is specifically designed for distance learners.

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HIGHEST 10% EARNED $84,810
HIGHEST 10% EARNED $84,810

The median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $56,310 in May 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest 10 percent earned more than $84,810. 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 school counselors are included in this projection. School counseling graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • School counselor
  • Guidance counselor

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 School Counseling program is a minimum of 36 credits.

Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements.

Courses Offered

  • 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 Endorsement (NT endorsement for those with a current teaching certificate) or a School Counselor License (for those who do not have a valid Michigan teaching certificate.
  • 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.

Applications for the College of Education Graduate Studies programs are now being accepted for Spring/Summer 2020Fall 2020, and Winter 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis, for a limited time.

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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:

Shawn A. Bultsma, Ph.D.
(616) 331-6648

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