Guide, Advise, and Inspire

The online school counseling concentration for the Master of Arts Degree in Counseling program focuses on evidence-based practices, developmental psychology, and counseling for diverse and exceptional children.

Students are immersed in the program’s mission and competencies including the following:

  • Development of strength based school culture interventions
  • Application of Adlerian principles of encouragement, belonging and significance
  • Application of ASCA national model
  • Integration of social justice & equity minded practices
  • Knowledge and application of systemic assessment and change practices
  • Knowledge and development of crisis interventions & understanding of addiction
  • Application of consultation process in schools

Powerful Online Curriculum — The Only One In Minnesota

This 60-credit master’s program is an online accelerated program and can be completed in two years. The school counseling concentration requires successful completion of a combination of required and elective courses, and an electronic portfolio that reflects and showcases students competencies acquired throughout the program. All school counseling courses are held virtually on Zoom.

Students in this program are eligible for dual licensure in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling upon graduation. 

Find Your Mentor

The diverse faculty is the foundation of the Adler Graduate School learning experience. Learn to create an open and inclusive community through the principles and teachings of Adlerian psychology, while following the ASCA National Model for school counseling programming.

Diversify Your Education

Enjoy the flexibility of taking courses across our other disciplines, including clinical mental health counseling, co-occurring disorders and addiction counseling, art therapy, and marriage, couple, and family counseling.

Licensure Information

Adler Graduate School’s school counseling program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota, and we will work with you to verify eligibility in your state. Click here for details on school counselor licensure in the different states.

This program is fully approved by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).

Your Future

At Adler Graduate School, you’ll experience professional growth as well as personal transformation. Take a look at where your master’s with a concentration in school counseling can take you.

A Day In the Life

School counselors interact with students, parents, teachers, and administrators on a daily basis. On any given day, you might provide individual and group counseling, develop curricula, engage in conflict resolution, crisis management, help with schedule changes, and assist students in planning their futures.

Career Options

  • Elementary, Middle, or High School School Counselor
  • Academic Advisor
  • Academic Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • College Counselor

Field Work

Hands-on experience is key to your success as a licensed mental health professional. All students are required to complete 700 hours of field experience, including hours both in practicum and in direct service with clients.


Apply your learnings and face real workplace challenges through your required internship experience. With a well-rounded structure — including high school, middle school, elementary school, and alternative hours — you can discover your passions while feeling prepared for any opportunity.

Required Courses

The school counseling curriculum is built around a carefully curated list of required courses, each one designed to impart field-ready skills through an Adlerian and equity focused lens. Browse course descriptions, view field work requirements, and begin to map out your education.

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Program Objectives

All Master of Arts Degree in counseling with a school counseling concentration students graduate with the ability to:

  • Cultivate key skills, including student advocacy, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and intervention, violence prevention, and conflict and disciplinary resolution and mediation.
  • Support the intellectual, social and personal development of students K–12.
  • Create and adapt instructional and counseling opportunities for students from diverse cultural backgrounds and with exceptionalities.
  • Encourage student development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills through a variety of instructional and counseling strategies.
  • Facilitate positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  • Plan and manage counseling and guidance instruction.
  • Communicate and interact with parents or guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community to support student learning and well-being.

Expressive Arts Therapy Specialty

Harness the healing power of creative expression and exploration with the Expressive Arts Therapy Specialty. Our unique, 12-credit specialty integrates the practical application of the expressive arts with Adlerian theory. This experiential program includes modalities such as visual arts, movement-based creative expression, sound/music, creative writing, and nature-based practice. Hands-on learning opportunities include a supervised internship and a one-week, on-campus residency.

Next Steps?

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