School Counseling (MSE)

Preparing professional school counselors for K-12 school systems

UD School Counseling graduatesAs a graduate student in the School Counseling program at the University of Dayton, you'll gain the knowledge and skills for employment as a professional school counselor in a K-12 school system. Our faculty work to empower you to embrace holistic, ethical and innovative approaches to your personal life, professional endeavors, and the school system in which you serve.

Our 48-credit hour master's degree program incorporates 600 internship hours in a school setting. You'll integrate scholarly theory with the opportunity to serve, which will allow you to develop as a counselor.

Upon completion of the master's degree, the Ohio Department of Education requires the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) specialty examination in school counseling.

Program highlights


Total credit hours


Hours of practicum experience


Hours of internship experience

Program objectives

  • Demonstrate a professional school counselor identity through participation in professional organizations, acquisition of ethical and legal knowledge and recognition of a professional developmental process.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to enable an appreciation of cultural differences and their influence on counseling practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply an understanding of the process of human development as holistic.
  • Demonstrate abilities to successfully practice school counselor professional duties in the K-12 school setting by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to design and implement comprehensive school counseling programs as defined by the ASCA National Model.

Gain professional experience

The School Counseling program integrates coursework with practicum and internship experiences. These clinical experiences are intended to provide you with opportunities to perform a variety of counseling activities that licensed professional school counselors perform. Practicum consists of 100 hours spent at a designated school site. Internship consists of 600 hours at the same site, or within the district directly following your practicum experience.

Practicum is expected to be completed during the course of one semester. Internship is divided into three 200-hour sessions, which must cover a minimum of two semesters.

Throughout both field experiences, you'll receive supervision at your site by a licensed professional school counselor and UD faculty. During the semester before enrollment in practicum, you'll complete an online practicum application and attend an orientation session.

Eugene K. Moulin Award of Excellence

The School Counseling program recognizes students who contribute to the profession of school counseling through commitment to learning and the Marianist spirit embodied by the University of Dayton. In honor of dedication to the field of school counseling, we annually award the Eugene K. Moulin Award of Excellence to two graduating school counseling students (one from the Dayton campus & one from the Dublin campus), who embody the characteristics that former UD professor Dr. Moulin dedicated his professional career to foster in UD students.


Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962