Program Description

As a student in the school counseling master's program, you'll work hands on with professionals and educators to learn counseling techniques and prepare you for jobs in elementary schools, middle schools, secondary schools or PK-12 schools.

The school counseling option is designed for students with teacher certification who wish to earn a school counselor endorsement. Graduates will meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Michigan.

At select CMU satellite locations, the MA in Counseling may be available with concentrations in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health, and School Counseling. Click here for details and locations.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Graduate assistantships may be available through the school counseling program. Please contact the counseling and special education department for more details. Graduate students are eligible to apply for professional development funds to attend professional conferences and events. School Counseling students may also apply for funding to engage in innovative service learning projects benefiting communities through the Counseling and Special Education (CSE) for Change program. In addition, various opportunities to engage in research projects with faculty are available.

Admission Requirements

Application deadlines are February 1 for summer and fall admission and September 1 for spring admission each year.

A complete application includes:

  • a graduate application;
  • all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degree work;
  • recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores;
  • written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study; and
  • two letters of recommendation – one professional (supervisor, employer, academic professor, etc.) and one personal (not a family member).

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Graduation Requirements

After the completion of required coursework, students will complete a 100-hour practicum in CMU's Center for Community Counseling and Development and a 600-hour internship experience in the counseling field under the mentorship of a licensed counselor. Prior to graduation, students must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).


The school counseling program is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, and is currently pursuing accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

For More Information

Department of Counseling and Special Education
321 EHS Building
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859