Graduate Program Counseling: School Counseling

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Counseling: School Counseling Masters Degree Overview

Our school counseling master’s program prepares professional school counselors to work in P-12 public and private schools. Our program prepares school counselors to be change agents and advocates within the school environment promoting equity for all students to grow personally, socially, academically, and to achieve their life-long educational and career goals. We focus on preparing school counselors who are skilled in providing developmentally and culturally responsive prevention and intervention for students and families within schools, who work effectively with individuals and with complex systems, and who collaborate and partner with other professionals and their community to promote the growth and well-being of students.

Degree Details

Counseling: School Counseling Master's Degree: Why PSU?

Our faculty are committed to promoting social justice, equity, and cultural competence. We ensure that students are connected with field experiences that provide profound and transformative learning experiences for our candidates allowing them to put their learning into action throughout the 3-year program.

We have excellent community partnerships and school counseling students complete their own individual action research projects at one of their field placements along with a professional portfolio.

What can I do with a master's degree in Counseling: School Counseling?

Graduates of our program go on to find jobs as early childhood and elementary school, middle school, high school, and college and career adviser counselors. Our alumni have worked in schools throughout the regional Portland area, especially within Portland Public Schools.


Students who have a teaching license and two years teaching experience take 6 additional elective credits (Track I). Students who cannot document a teaching license and two years of teaching experience must complete a 6-credit, 200-hour Effective Teaching sequence to obtain licensure as a school counselor.


  • COUN 526 Effective Teaching (Track I, 0 cr.; Track II, 6 cr.)
  • COUN 527 Counseling Individuals with Diverse Needs
  • COUN 545 Youth at Risk
  • COUN 546 Grief and Loss
  • COUN 547 Legal & Ethical Issues in School Counseling
  • COUN 555 Counseling Children and Youth
  • COUN 575 Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling
  • COUN 576 Parents, Families, and Communities in Schools
  • COUN 589 Action Research in Counseling
  • COUN 596 Foundations of School Counseling
  • COUN Electives Electives (Track I, 8 cr.; Track II, 2 cr.)


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Portland State University's Counseling programs are accredited by CACREP, the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practice Commission (TSPC), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).