Master's in School Counselor Education

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Utah State’s Department of Psychology has a nationally accredited master’s degree program for School Counselor Education. This program is designed to prepare students for professional licensure in school counseling and job opportunities in K-12 school counseling positions. Students are trained in subjects including behavior and education assessment and intervention, ethical and professional standards, individual and group counseling, career development and college and career readiness. Students receive hands-on experience through practicum and internship experiences in private and public K-12 schools.

Beginning Fall 2022, the program will be offered across the state of Utah via a web-based live, interactive, hybrid format with classes offered via Zoom, broadcast, or online asynchronous. Courses are delivered in the method that is deemed best for student learning and course content. Broadcast centers are located across the state of Utah at 32 USU sites, with center usage varying based on the geographic location of accepted students. The USU School Counselor Education program is designed to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students with part-time evening programming. Following coursework, students are required to complete a 600-hour internship in a K-12 setting. More information on the course offerings, days and times, can be found on our program resources page.

Career Opportunities

USU’s School Counselor Education Program prepares students to be licensed school counselors in K-12 school settings. Coursework and experiential components of the program prepare students to work in elementary, middle/jr. high, and high school settings with diverse K-12 student populations. Additionally, many K-12 teachers find that a master’s degree is School Counselor Education provides depth and breadth to their teaching career.

Although our program does not specifically provide training for positions in higher education, our graduates have found success in higher education roles such as career services/advising, academic advising and program coordinators.

Student Spotlights

Department Spotlight: Emily Mellor

Emily Mellor is a first year student in the USU School Counseling Education Program. After recognizing the power of social and emotional education in her own life, Emily decided to pursue a degree in school counseling to become an advocate and trusted sup...

Department Spotlight: Heidi Pitkin

Heidi Pitkin is a third year student in the USU School Counseling Education Program. Heidi got her undergraduate degree in social work, and always wanted to further her education. In 2019, she realized she wanted to become a school counselor and enrolled ...

Department Spotlight: Jennifer Madsen

Jennifer Madsen is a second year student in the USU School Counseling Education Program. After getting her undergraduate degree in 2019, Jennifer found her passion for helping students overcome obstacles. Jennifer decided to pursue a master's degree to he...


Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

Utah State University is governed by the State Board of Regents and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1924. The NWCCU is “an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions” (

The program is fully accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and is approved by the Utah State Office of Education and most other states.

Contact Information

Jessie Koltz

Jessie Koltz

Assistant Professor | Director - M.Ed. in School Counseling Program

Phone: 435-797-1250
Office Location: EDUC 471

Kelli Palma

Kelli Palma

Graduate Program Coordinator - M.Ed. in School Counseling Program


Phone: 435-797-1466
Office Location: EDUC 493
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