School Counseling (M.A.)

Prepare yourself to be a social-emotional learning leader in the schools across the state

The Master of Arts degree in School Counseling has an outstanding reputation based on long-standing tradition. Our faculty are involved in research, practice and professional service at all levels of education. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to implement a comprehensive, sequential, developmental program as described in the National Standards for School Counseling Programs.

Education degrees, certificates, or teaching experience are not required for admission. Non-teaching majors must take two additional hours of coursework to meet state requirements.

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Darcie Davis Gage headshotDarcie Davis-Gage, Ph.D
Division Chair & Program Coordinator of Counseling
(319) 273-4243
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Linda Davis

Counseling Master of Arts Graduate Program Secretary

(319) 273-6414

Career Opportunities

In addition to the strong foundations in counseling, students at the University of Northern Iowa also are trained from a neuro-informed perspective in Group facilitation & counseling, Human development & wellness, Crisis & trauma, Career & life planning, among others. Examples of careers our alumni have landed on are:

  • At-Risk/Guidance Counselor
  • Elementary Student Success Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Professional School Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • Student Services.

Courses & Curriculum

Along with the required core courses, specialty courses for the School Counseling option can be:

  • Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Foundations of School Counseling
  • Counseling Issues with Families and Parents in School Settings
  • Current Issues in School Counseling
  • Leadership, Consultation, and Collaboration in School Counseling.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has granted accreditation from 2015 through 2022 to the following programs in the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) and School Counseling (M.A.).

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