School Counseling (M.Ed.)

School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Upon completion of this program plan, initial license/experience, and passing the required assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program's area of endorsement. Click here for the advising guide information.

Counseling Courses
COUC 502Human Growth and Development3
COUC 504Multicultural Counseling3
COUC 515Research and Program Evaluation3
COUC 522Career Development and Counseling3
Total Hours12
School Counseling Courses
COSC 500Gate 2/Orientation to School Counseling0
COSC 501Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in School Counseling3
COSC 505Counseling Techniques for School Counseling 13
COSC 510Theories of School Counseling3
COSC 512Structured Groups 2,33
COSC 513Gate 2.5/Practicum Application0
Total Hours12

COSC 505 is offered in synchronous online format


COSC 512 is offered in synchronous online format, after COSC 505 is completed.


A background check will be required

School Counseling Advanced Courses
COSC 521Foundations of Exceptionality3
COSC 604Foundations of Education and School Counseling3
COSC 611Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools: Social Emotional Development and Exceptionalities3
COSC 612Advanced School Counseling Interventions3
COSC 622Assessment and Evaluation in School Counseling3
COSC 660Principles of School Counseling3
COSC 661School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation3
COSC 662School Counselors as Leaders: Consultation, Collaboration, and Integration3
COSC 665Crisis Counseling in Schools 3
Total Hours27
Professional Courses
COSC 690Gate 3.0/Internship I Application0
COSC 691Gate 3.5/Internship II Application0
COSC 692School Counseling Practicum3
COSC 693School Counseling Internship I 13
COSC 694School Counseling Internship II 13
Total Hours9

One semester of internship must be at the elementary level, and one semester of internship must be at the secondary level


Take Praxis II Exam: Professional School Counselor, or state equivalent National Counselor Exam (NCE) may be taken during the final semester of the program (NCE is optional. If passed, may lead to National Certified Counselor/NCC).

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Two courses required in Synchronous Online Format1,2
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

COSC 505 is offered in synchronous online format


COSC 512 is offered in synchronous online format, after COSC 505 is completed

Program Offered in Online Format

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