M.S. Counseling - School Counseling



Program Goals

The School Counseling Emphasis prepares students for Oklahoma K-12 School Counselor Certification. Graduates are prepared in the core areas of counseling theories, group and individual counseling techniques, human development, developmental guidance, career counseling, assessment and appraisal, and principles and administration of guidance services.

Students must also complete relevant field experiences. This rigorous and unique program includes a 600 clock hour supervised internship experience. This program also meets or exceeds the educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oklahoma as well as most other states.

Program Objectives

Our Masters-level graduates will possess expertise in the following areas:

  • Human growth and development
  • Helping relationships (individual and group)
  • Appraisal or assessment techniques
  • Counseling theories
  • Counseling methods and techniques (individual and group)
  • Research
  • Lifestyle and career development
  • Social, cultural, and family issues
  • Professional orientation

Degree Available at

  • Tahlequah
  • Broken Arrow


Professional Certification & Licensure Disclosures

Programs at Northeastern State University that prepare students for certification as school counselors are designed to meet the certification standards set by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Students seeking certification as a school counselor in another state are advised to contact the appropriate state board of education to determine specific requirements of guidelines for reciprocity.

Additionally, programs at Northeastern State University prepare future school counselors to become licensed professional counselors. Students seeking licensure as a licensed professional counselor in another state are advised to contact the appropriate state licensing board to determine the specific requirements of guidelines of reciprocity.

NSU cannot confirm whether a particular certification or licensure program meets requirements for certification or licensure outside of the State of Oklahoma.

-School Counseling: For a list of the state departments of education that oversee certified school counseling, see the U.S. Department of Education s state contacts webpage or you may click here to view NSU's state-specific matrix.

. For questions related to certification, please contact Lois Buttress at buttress@nsuok.edu.

-School Counselors pursuing licensed professional counselor status: For a list of the state licensing boards that oversee licensed professional counseling, see the American Counseling Association s website. For questions related to licensure, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Keller-Dupree at kellere@nsuok.edu.