The Master's in Counseling: School Counseling program prepares students who wish to qualify for school counseling careers in PK-12 settings and to become licensed and/or certified school counselors. Students will gain knowledge and experience in research, testing procedures, career development, consulting, counseling theories, ethics, techniques and philosophy.
Students in the School Counseling Master's program will be prepared for jobs in elementary schools, middle schools, and/or high schools. The School Counseling option is open to students with or without a Michigan teaching certificate. Graduates may meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Michigan
The Master's in Counseling: School counseling program is offered in three formats. Traditional 16-week face to face courses on the CMU campus in Mt. Pleasant; 8-week face-to-face cohort courses offered at extension sites in Dearborn, MI, Southfield, MI, Grand Rapids, MI and Saginaw, MI; and 8-week online courses available in Mt. Pleasant and at extension sites.
The MA in Counseling is also available with concentrations in Addiction Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Click here for details and locations.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
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
Graduate assistantships may be available
through this graduate program. Please contact the Department of Counseling and Special Education for more details. Graduate students are
eligible to apply for professional development funds to attend professional
conferences and events.
Application deadlines are February 1 for
Summer and Fall admissions, and September 1 for Spring
admission each year.
You must hold a baccalaureate or equivalent
degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at
least 2.7. Admission may be considered if your GPA is less than 2.7.
Please visit our department website for more details and additional
A complete application includes:
- a Graduate Application;
- all transcripts from
undergraduate and graduate course work - directly sent
to the Admissions Processing department (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- recent (not more than five
years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be
sent directly to the Admissions Processing Department (use
- written Statement of
Purpose and General Plans for Graduate Study; plus
- two completed Program
Recommendation Forms with Attached Letters are required for your application. Letters
from family members or friends are not acceptable. Use the
following Program Recommendation Form to provide to those people
from whom you wish to receive recommendations: Program Letter of Recommendation Form.
Apply online at apply.cmich.edu.
After the completion of required coursework,
students will complete a 100-hour practicum in CMU's Center for Community
Counseling and Development or at an off-site PK-12 school setting; and a
600-hour internship experience in a PK-12 school setting under the mentorship
of a licensed school counselor. Prior to graduation, students must successfully
pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).
The counseling program is currently pursuing
accreditation through the
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational