2019 Accredited Online School Counseling Programs

Quick Facts
Accreditation: CACREP
Degree Levels: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $24,731
Avg Salary: $52,689

The 72 schools on this page offer online degrees in school counseling at the master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. In addition to this comprehensive list, we provide a list of the best online master's programs in school counseling, ranked based on tuition rates and alumni salaries provided by PayScale. Prospective students interested in a career in school counseling will need to earn both a graduate level degree and a state license or certificate.

Students interested in pursuing a degree in school counseling should look for programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). School counseling students should also consider which state they plan on working in after graduation as each state has different licensure and certification requirements.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - School Counseling Degrees ( 68)

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Full List Accreditation Annual Tuition Recommend Rate
Full List (68)
Adams State University HLC $20,456 100% (1 review)
40 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling
Angelo State University SACS COC $17,161 100% (1 review)
35 Programs, 4 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Academic Advising Certificate
  • Athletic Academic Advising Certificate
  • Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling
  • Texas School Counselor Certification
Arkansas State University HLC $14,778 33% (3 reviews)
61 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MS in College Student Personnel Services
Ball State University HLC $25,942 100% (4 reviews)
125 Programs, 7 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Graduate Certificate in Identity and Leadership Development for Counselors
  • Graduate Certificate in Response to Intervention
  • Master of Arts in Educational Psychology
Bradley University HLC $32,930 Add Review
9 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling – Professional School Counseling (PSC)
Campbellsville University SACS COC $25,400 50% (2 reviews)
64 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Education in School Guidance Counseling (P-12)
Capella University HLC $14,250 65% (571 reviews)
234 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
Chaminade University of Honolulu WASC WSCUC $24,514 100% (1 review)
36 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology- School Counseling
Colorado State University-Fort Collins HLC $28,903 100% (5 reviews)
78 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in PreK-12 School Social Worker
Columbia University in the City of New York MSCHE $57,208 Add Review
75 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Advanced Certificate in College Advising
  • Teachers College Advanced Certificate in College Advising
Concordia University - Wisconsin HLC $28,600 67% (3 reviews)
109 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MS in Education - Counseling
Concordia University-Irvine WASC WSCUC $34,100 0% (1 review)
29 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - School Counseling
Creighton University HLC $38,750 100% (3 reviews)
65 Programs, 4 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventative Mental Health
  • Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventative Mental Health - Elementary Specialization
  • Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventative Mental Health - PK-12 Guidance Counseling Specialization
  • Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventative Mental Health - Secondary Specialization
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $14,668 100% (2 reviews)
36 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling
  • Master of Education in Special Education - Behavior Management
Emporia State University HLC $19,918 Add Review
85 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MS in School Counseling
Florida Atlantic University SACS COC $17,276 100% (4 reviews)
37 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Certified Appreciative Advisor
Florida International University SACS COC $18,954 88% (8 reviews)
117 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising
Grand Canyon University HLC $17,050 53% (407 reviews)
220 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MED in School Counseling (ITL)
Hamline University HLC $40,332 Add Review
21 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Certificate in Bullying Prevention
Indiana Wesleyan University Online HLC $25,980 47% (17 reviews)
129 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling
Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education HLC $25,980 29% (7 reviews)
152 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • M.A. School Counseling
  • Post-Master's Degree Certificate - Student Development Counseling and Administration
Jackson State University SACS COC $18,314 Add Review
23 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Specialist in Education in School Counseling
Jacksonville State University SACS COC $15,582 100% (1 review)
50 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Educational Specialist - School Counseling
Keiser University eCampus SACS COC $18,488 41% (63 reviews)
81 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
Lamar University SACS COC $18,274 67% (9 reviews)
42 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Education in School Counseling
  • Professional Preparation Program - Counseling and Development Certification
Lehigh University MSCHE $50,740 Add Review
31 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in International School Counseling
  • M.Ed. in International School Counseling
LeTourneau University SACS COC $29,320 100% (2 reviews)
36 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling
Liberty University SACS COC $11,700 60% (240 reviews)
537 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • M.Ed: School Counseling (TC)
Lubbock Christian University SACS COC $21,794 Add Review
6 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Science in School Counseling
Marian University - Wisconsin HLC $27,400 Add Review
20 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - At-Risk and Alternative Education
Messiah College MSCHE $34,160 Add Review
39 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MA in Counseling - School Counseling
Minnesota State University-Moorhead HLC $15,878 Add Review
43 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in School Counseling
Missouri Baptist University HLC $26,020 Add Review
23 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in School Counseling
Morehead State University SACS COC $13,426 Add Review
51 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) - School Counseling
New York University MSCHE $50,464 100% (2 reviews)
72 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MA in Counseling and Guidance - Bilingual School Counseling
  • MA in Counseling and Guidance - School Counseling
North Carolina Central University SACS COC $19,106 Add Review
29 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Career Counseling
  • Master of Arts in School Counseling
Northcentral University WASC WSCUC $17,526 49% (209 reviews)
272 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology
Northwestern University HLC $52,678 0% (2 reviews)
53 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
Nova Southeastern University SACS COC $29,930 71% (7 reviews)
228 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - School Counseling
Our Lady of the Lake University SACS COC $28,192 Add Review
13 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling
  • Master of Education in School Counseling
Prescott College HLC $30,501 100% (1 review)
35 Programs, 3 in School Counseling (view all)
  • M.Ed in School Guidance Counseling
  • M.S. in School Counseling
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in School Guidance Counseling
Regent University Online SACS COC $17,288 54% (13 reviews)
519 Programs, 7 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in School Counseling
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership - Educational Psychology
  • M.A. in School Counseling
  • M.Ed. – Individualized – National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) Educational Therapy Certification Program
Sam Houston State University SACS COC $18,022 100% (2 reviews)
67 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Certificate in Academic Advising
San Jose State University WASC WSCUC $19,601 100% (1 review)
20 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Certificate in Pupil Personnel Services (California Residents Only)
Seton Hall University MSCHE $40,588 Add Review
35 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MA in School Counseling
Southeastern Oklahoma State University HLC $15,390 Add Review
34 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • M.Ed. School Counseling
Southern Arkansas University HLC $12,156 100% (2 reviews)
30 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • M.Ed. in College Counseling and Student Affairs
  • M.Ed. in School Counseling
Southwestern Assemblies of God University SACS COC $19,994 100% (1 review)
75 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Education in School Counseling
St. Bonaventure University Online MSCHE $33,331 Add Review
9 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • M.S. Education - School Counseling
Texas A&M University-College Station SACS COC $36,606 67% (3 reviews)
129 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Educational Psychology - School Counseling
University of California - Los Angeles WASC WSCUC $41,275 100% (2 reviews)
137 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Certificate in College Counseling
  • Specialization in Fundamentals of College Counseling
University of Cincinnati HLC $27,334 83% (6 reviews)
136 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis
University of Louisiana-Monroe SACS COC $20,570 100% (2 reviews)
55 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Science in Counseling - School Counseling
University of Massachusetts-Boston NECHE $32,985 100% (1 review)
41 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MEd in Education: School Counseling
University of Memphis SACS COC $21,029 50% (2 reviews)
89 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in College and Career Counseling
University of Missouri HLC $26,506 Add Review
139 Programs, 4 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
  • Educational Specialist in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Practices in Schools
  • Master of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology - Educational Psychology with a focus in Student Learning and Well-Being
  • Master of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Practices in Schools
University of North Carolina at Charlotte SACS COC $20,266 40% (5 reviews)
45 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Post-Master's Graduate Certificate in School Counseling
University of North Carolina at Greensboro SACS COC $22,409 100% (2 reviews)
41 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Advanced School Counseling
University of North Dakota HLC $20,047 67% (3 reviews)
75 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling with K-12 School Emphasis
University of Northern Iowa HLC $19,241 Add Review
43 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Career and Technical Education Professional Development Certificate
University of South Florida - Main Campus SACS COC $17,324 80% (5 reviews)
149 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising
The University of Tennessee - Martin SACS COC $14,996 Add Review
31 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education - Counseling - School Counseling
The University of Texas at Tyler SACS COC $20,872 100% (2 reviews)
36 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MA in School Counseling
University of the Cumberlands SACS COC $23,000 100% (3 reviews)
66 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D. CES)
  • Master of Arts in Education - School Counseling
University of the Southwest HLC $16,200 40% (5 reviews)
44 Programs, 2 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MSE: Mental Health Counseling
  • MSE: School Counseling
University of West Alabama SACS COC $16,818 100% (3 reviews)
74 Programs, 4 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Education Specialist in Counseling - Non Certification
  • Education Specialist in School Counseling
  • Master of Education in School Counseling with Certification
  • Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling
Valdosta State University SACS COC $17,196 100% (6 reviews)
71 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in School Counseling
Walden University HLC Not Provided 49% (483 reviews)
635 Programs, 1 in School Counseling (view all)
  • MS in School Counseling

Online School Counseling Degree Overview & Career Information

Those interested in pursuing an online school counseling degree can find programs at the master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. Doctoral-level programs in school counseling are also available for those who already have a master's and wish to advance their education even further. Students will spend two and a half to three years taking classes, researching, and writing a dissertation. Upon earning a doctorate a professional will be able to work in such jobs as counselor supervisor, mental health counselor, university teacher, or therapist.

Lastly, there are online school counseling certificate programs that can be completed as well. These programs are usually offered at the post-master's level, and are intended for those who have a master's degree in counseling or a related field, and who want to move into school counseling roles. These programs take a year to complete and can be found at colleges and universities. Once a student has finished their school counseling certificate, they will be able to work as school counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools.

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Online Master's in School Counseling

A master's in school counseling is the minimum level of education that needs to be completed before an individual can find work as a school counselor. These programs typically take two years and can be found at the university level. Graduates can work as counselors in K-12 schools. To learn more about online master's programs in school counseling, see our master's overview which includes a list of the best programs.

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Online Doctoral Degrees in School Counseling

Graduates who have a master's degree in counseling or a related discipline will be eligible for doctoral programs. Other enrollment requirements include letters of recommendation as well as a CV that demonstrates career progression, leadership skills, and other professional achievements. Doctoral programs consist of 96-150 credit hours and typically take two and a half to three years to complete. Credit hours from a master's degree are typically granted toward doctoral programs. Studies in doctoral school counseling programs are made up of research, practicum, internships, and dissertations. Students can expect to take courses like Advanced Research in Human Development, Advanced Counseling Theories, Counselor Supervision, Qualitative Methods for Counselor Education Research, and Dissertation Course. Through the knowledge and skills gained in a doctoral program graduates often go on to hold job titles such as counselor educator, counselor supervisor, crisis center director, mental health counselor, and therapist.

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Online Certificates in School Counseling

A variety of colleges and universities offer certificate programs in school counseling. The post-masters graduate certificate can be earned by completing 12-credit hours of studies over the course of a year and is available to applicants who hold a master's degree within the counseling field. Students can expect to take courses like Consultation and Case Management in Schools and Community, The Professional School Counselor, as well as Administration and Leadership of School Counseling Services. A minimum of 300 hours of advanced internships per semester are also required, although additional hours may be necessary depending on the student's clinical training and experience in previous academic programs. Once students have completed all required course work they will take the PRAXIS II exam, which will prepare them for licensure. It is important to note that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state which needs to be considered prior to enrolling in a school counseling certificate program. Upon graduating with a school counseling certificate participants will go on to hold job positions as student counselors at the K-12 level.

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The Importance of an Accredited Online Degree in School Counseling

Before an applicant enrolls in a program at any institution of higher education it is important to research the school's accreditation. Accreditation is important because it measures the standards and quality of the institution.  It is also always important to factor in the possibility of having to transfer credits in future academic plans. Accreditation can make the transferring process faster and easier for students interested in moving on to different schools or programs. This can also play a role in job searching post graduation, as many employers require degrees from accredited schools. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs  (CACREP) is an organization that accredits masters and doctoral degree programs in counseling offered by both national and international colleges and universities. CACREP is dedicated to setting a standard for counselors and counselor educators that will ensure that students receive exceptional educational experiences. CACREP standards are organized into six sections including The Learning Environment, Professional Counseling Identity, Professional Practice, Evaluation in the Program, Entry-Level Specialty Areas, and Doctoral Standards for Counselor Education. School counseling programs and institutions are evaluated in each of these areas to ensure the highest of standards are being kept before being accredited by CACREP.  

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State Licensure and Certification for School Counselors

All states have different requirements for obtaining certification as a school counselor. Some require that school counselors pass a test in order to become certified, while others require a certain number of hours in an internship or practicum setting. Many states require that school counselors have a license, although licensure is not always necessary for positions outside of the K-12 school system. The American School Counselor Association provides more information about each state's specific requirements. States may also provide higher salaries or additional stipends to counselors who receive certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates Inc. (NBCC) or the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

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School Counselor Jobs 

There are a variety of different career options within the school counseling field. Key job titles include guidance counselor and school psychologist. Guidance counseling is needed at the elementary level as well as the junior/high school level. The primary function of a school guidance counselor is to provide students with counseling based on their learning, social, personal, career, and vocational needs. Some day-to-day tasks that a guidance counselor will perform are: scheduling students in appropriate courses, conducting career and educational planning activities, advocating on behalf of students and taking reasonable precautions to protect them, assisting students with college entrance as well as scholarship and financial aid applications, and submiting all required reports on time and with accuracy. Applicants for guidance counselor positions must possess a master's degree in school counseling as well as a current license based on the state requirements for the state they are applying in. Most employers also expect a minimum of three years experience in teaching or counseling.  

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