Master of Education in School Counseling online

Create Positive Change in Children’s Lives as a School Counselor

The Master of Education in School Counseling online (SC online) program is designed for those who aspire to become school counselors in K–12 settings. This program explores relevant challenges affecting 21st-century schools, focusing on the well-being of the whole child through support of their social, emotional and academic needs.

This program prepares students to pursue a credential as a school counselor.

The SC online program prepares students to:

The Master of Education in School Counseling online program is 49 units. There are full-time and part-time paths available, and the program can be completed in two to three years.

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Teaching Credential

The USC Rossier SC online program is officially recognized as a credentialing program that prepares students to be recommended for the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing External link ’s Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling credential (PPS-SC). The PPS-SC credential is required when applying to be a school counselor in California. In order to graduate, all SC online students must complete the Basic Skills Requirement External link prior to starting field experience.

Applicants Outside of California

The USC Rossier Master of Education in School Counseling online program is a national program that is able to enroll residents in the United States. Because USC Rossier is based in California, students who complete our program will be recommended for a California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) school counseling credential. A California credential, if earned, can be a competitive factor when applying for reciprocity in another state.

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Master of Education in School Counseling online Curriculum

The master’s in school counseling program curriculum is informed by professional competencies and standards put forth by the American School Counselor Association’s National Model for School Counseling and by critical research in the fields of counselor education, sociology, philosophy, education, and counseling and community psychology.

Areas of Focus

As a student in the SC online program, you will gain theoretical and hands-on knowledge needed to become a school counselor through the lens of modern school counseling techniques, structured around three key focus areas:


In addition to your courses, you’ll complete fieldwork in K–12 schools within your own community where you can apply what you learn to real situations affecting children, families and school administration.

You will be required to complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship over the course of the program. Our team of placement specialists will work with you to identify sites that fit your needs.

Begin Your Career as a School Counselor

Our SC online program will prepare you to tackle today’s toughest challenges and promote the well-being of K–12 students — in school and in life. And you’ll be in demand: the projected change in employment for school and career counselors is expected to increase by 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is nearly double the average growth rate for all occupations.[1]

Online Student Experience

Our SC online program is rigorous, hands-on and collaborative. You’ll form meaningful relationships with your peers and professors — and you’ll be welcomed into the global #TrojanFamily for life.

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[1] U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook, School and Career Counselors (accessed July 23, 2019).