College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School Counseling


***Reminder: School Counseling applicants do not need a teaching/education degree to apply to the program.
All undergraduate degrees are eligible to apply.*** 


Program Overview

The UNI School Counseling program has an outstanding reputation and received the NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Master's Degree Program Award in 1999. Our program is based on long-standing tradition and is delivered by highly energetic faculty who are extensively involved in research, practice, and professional service at the local, state, regional, and national levels. 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. A teaching certificate and teaching experience are not required, but non-teaching majors must take 2 additional hours of coursework to meet state department requirements (see program planning sheet for non-teaching majors).

The UNI School Counseling Program:

  • Prepares graduates for K-12 certification
  • Includes courses specific to working with children, adolescents, and parents
  • Emphasizes practical applications of concepts in all coursework
  • Includes school-based practicum (150 hours) and internship (600 hours) with weekly individual supervision and group seminars by UNI faculty

UNI's counseling faculty expect that graduates of this program will:

  • Be highly competent MA school counselors.
  • Advocate for quality counseling services for all students.
  • Have a strong knowledge base as well as clinical skills.
  • Be sensitive to and knowledgeable about diversity.
  • Become accepted as credible school counseling professionals.
  • Promote counselor accountability with the public and the profession.
  • Be psychologically healthy persons who use high levels of self-awareness in their work.
  • Adhere to the ethical standards of the profession.