Counseling - School Counseling, Master of Education

Program Description

This 48-hour CACREP-accredited program meets the coursework requirements for the Arizona Department of Education’s K-12 Guidance Counselor Endorsement and the national school certified counselor credential of the National Board for Certified Counselors.

You can enroll in this program at our Phoenix, Tucson, or Flagstaff campuses.

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As a student in the MEd in Counseling - School Counseling program, you’ll take courses, do fieldwork, and participate in practica and internships that will prepare you to be a professional school counselor.

Upon obtaining your degree, you’ll be prepared to provide counseling services in the following areas:

  • human growth and development
  • social and cultural foundations
  • career and lifestyle development
  • research and program evaluation
  • professional orientation

The MEd in Counseling - School Counseling program at Northern Arizona University is accredited by the Counseling for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  Initially accredited in November 1998, our current accreditation runs through March 31, 2022.

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In the 2015-2016 academic year, there were five (5) graduates of Northern Arizona University’s Master of Education in Counseling - School Counseling Program.  All five (5) persons completed their degree requirements on the main campus in Flagstaff.  Of the students in this program, all (100%) graduated within the expected time period.  Graduates of our school counseling program fulfill Arizona Department of Education requirements for immediate endorsement of their school counseling credential.  Although some of these graduates take the NCE exam in order to become Nationally Certified Counselors, no exam is required for school counseling certification in Arizona.  Eighty percent (80%) of the graduates of this program who pursued positions as school counselors found employment for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Application Due Date

Flagstaff Location

  • Completed application files are reviewed and admission decisions are made once each year for the program.
  • All application materials must be received by the Educational Psychology Department by June 30, 2017 (recently extended deadline date).
  • Applications will be reviewed and admission notifications are sent to students by approximately July1
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.

Phoenix and Tucson Locations

  • Application deadline dates vary for MEd Counseling programs at sites other than Flagstaff. Please check the EPS program admissions and deadlines regarding the application deadline for the next cohort.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.

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Practicum and Internship Manuals and Forms for Masters Candidates

Please visit our forms page for the practicum and internship manuals and forms.

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Mission and Goals

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Mission Statement for the EPS CACREP-Accredited Programs

The mission of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited masters programs is to prepare professional counselors who meet national standards of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as well as state counseling licensure or certification in their specialty area. Our programs are designed to be comprehensive in nature and to focus on the development of evidence-based counseling practice in a variety of settings and with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Objectives for School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs

Successful completion of the Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Education in School Counseling prepares students to:

  1. Become familiar with the requirements for being a professional counselor, including the relevant research and literature pertinent to the discipline.
  2. Become familiar with and knowledgeable about the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
  3. Develop a thorough understanding of knowledge and competencies related to issues and trends in a multicultural and pluralistic society, and to effectively demonstrate multicultural counseling competencies.
  4. Demonstrate effective counseling skills.
  5. Become familiar with studies in group dynamics and to demonstrate effective group counseling skills.
  6. Understand major theories of career development and related life factors, and to demonstrate effective career counseling skills.
  7. Develop an understanding of assessment processes, and to demonstrate skills in individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  8. Become familiar with research, statistics, and program evaluation as they apply to the practice of counseling.
  9. Develop a clear sense of professional identity in counseling, which includes professional ethics, legal responsibilities, professional preparation standards, participating in professional organizations, and obtaining necessary credentials.
  10. Acquire knowledge about counseling supervision, and to experience peer, site supervisor and faculty supervision that allow students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired to practice.
  11. Experience continuous course-related and overall program-related feedback to enhance their professional development as they become professional counselors.
  12. Acquire knowledge and skills related to the ways that counselors use a variety of technologies designed to assist students, clients, and the systems they work within.
  13. Acquire knowledge related to the professional identity, roles, and functions, of professional counselors.
  14. Practice ongoing assessment of one's own skills, strengths, weaknesses, professional and personal development as related to counseling professional identity, counseling ethics, and the principles of ethics of client autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, justice, and fidelity.

Program Policies

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  • Electronic portfolio: You must purchase and maintain an electronic portfolio through Task Stream, sections of which you will upload for review. We will use your portfolio to review our program and assess its outcomes. Data will also be submitted to NCATE and CACREP during review cycles.
  • Credit transfer and GPA policies: Visit the GraduateCollege website for more information about these policies.

Program of Studies

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The program of study is the agreed-upon plan between you and your faculty adviser on completing program requirements.

It is used as a verification document when you apply for graduation. You should complete the program of study with your adviser during the first semester of graduate work.

The original, signed program of study should be given to the Department Chair to be placed in your file in the Educational Psychology Department and you and your adviser should both keep copies.

Amendments to your program of study can be made with your adviser’s approval.

The time line policy for completing a Masters degree can be viewed online through the Graduate College.

Some of your courses may have prerequisites you must meet before enrolling. Find more information in the academic catalog.

Clinical Hours

Please review the clinical hours table for the number of practicum hours and internship hours required in clinical, testing, and intervention School Counseling classes.

Related Forms

EPS Course Offerings by Semester

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Program of Study, School Counseling, Master of Education, 2016-2017

Professional Code of Ethics and Licensure Guidelines

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Students in this program should follow the professional code of ethics and licensure guidelines established by the following organizations:

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Arizona School Counselors Association (AzSCA) 
State of Arizona Department of Education 

The most recent criteria for obtaining a Guidance Counselor Certificate (K-12) are available from the Arizona Department of Education. These include:

  1. a master’s or more advanced degree from an accredited institution
  2. completion of a graduate program in guidance and counseling from an accredited institution; valid guidance counselor certificate from another state may substitute for this requirement
  3. One of the following:
    • completion of a supervised counseling practicum in school counseling from an accredited institution
    • 2 years of verified, full-time experience as a school guidance counselor (verified by letter from District Superintendent or Personnel Director)
    • 3 years of verified teaching experience

Counseling - School Counseling Program Faculty

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Dr. Pit Kolodinsky, Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 928-523-8495
Dr. P. Kolodinsky Bio

Dr. Y. Evie Garcia, Associate Professor
Phone: 928-523-7106
Dr. Y. E. Garcia Bio

Dr. Kim Kalas, Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 928-523-8206
Dr. K. Kalas Bio

Dr. Gene Moan, Professor
Phone: 928-523-9604
Dr. E. Moan Bio

Ms. Katherine Pastor, Affiliate Professor
American School Counselor's Assoc. 2016 School Counselor of the Year
Ms. K. Pastor Bio

Dr. Tim Thomason, Professor
Phone: 928-523-1341
Dr. T. Thomason Bio 

Phoenix (North Valley)

Dr. Patricia Young, Assistant Clinical Professor and School Counseling Program Coordinator
Phone: 602-776-4673
Dr. P. Young Bio

Dr. Steven Farmer, Associate Clinical Professor and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator
Phone: 602-776-4646
Dr. S. Farmer Bio


Dr. Joyce DeVoss, Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 520-879-7940 
Dr. J. DeVoss Bio

Dr. Saumya Arora, Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 520-879-7931
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