Master's in School Counseling in Oregon

Oregon has six schools that offer graduate programs in school counseling. Learn more about the program offerings, coursework, tuition costs, and admission requirements of these institutions. Schools offering Counseling degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers a 75-credit hour Master of Counseling degree with a focus on School Counseling. Designed as a part-time program, the degree takes three years to complete, with 50 percent of coursework done online through the university's Ecampus unit and 50 percent via classroom sessions for two weekends each term. Applicants should note that courses provided via Ecampus are not formally approved for licensure outside of Oregon.

Oregon State University-Cascades

The School Counseling Master's Program of Oregon State University-Cascades campus requires 78-84 credit hours with full-time (two years) and part-time (three years) options. Students with a teaching license and at least two years of teaching experience only need to earn 78 credits, while those with no teaching credentials must complete an additional six credit hours of school-based observations and classroom instruction.

Portland State University

Portland State University's three-year School Counseling graduate program offers two tracks depending on teaching credentials, with each track requiring 90 credit hours. Track I students with at least two years of teaching experience must earn six credits of elective courses, while Track II candidates with no prior classroom work will have to complete 200 hours of teaching practicum. Students can earn either a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree; MA candidates must be proficient in at least one foreign language.

George Fox University

The master's program in School Counseling at George Fox University requires 57 semester hours (63 hours for those with no licensed teaching experience) that students can complete in 2-4 years. Students with full-time jobs usually follow the four-year plan, but those who started on the two- or three-year track may also shift to a longer plan if they find the course load to be too heavy. Founded as a Christian university, George Fox integrates spiritual principles in its curriculum although graduates are not necessarily trained to be Christian counselors.

Lewis & Clark College

Lewis & Clark College offers a Master of Education in School Counseling requiring 42-45 semester hours depending on teaching experience. The program takes 21-24 months to complete for full-time candidates while part-time students can spread out their course load over three years or more. The program coursework is based on the Transformed School Counseling Model, a data-driven and standards-based framework that emphasizes advocacy, leadership, and collaboration.

Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University's School Counseling Master's Degree requires 48-51 credits for students with two years of licensed teaching and 54-57 credits for those with no teaching license or two-year experience. The program makes use of a Christian framework, and courses are taught by Christian faculty.

School Name Programs Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
Oregon State University Master of Counseling in School Counseling $12,555 in-state, $23,787 out-of-state
Oregon State University-Cascades Campus Master of Counseling in School Counseling $12,555 in-state, $23,787 out-of-state
Portland State University Master of Arts or Master of Science in Counselor Education $11,178 in-state, $17,010 out-of-state
George Fox University Master of Arts in School Counseling $15,504
Lewis & Clark College Master of Education in School Counseling and Preliminary License $16,704
Northwest Christian University Master of Arts in School Counseling $16,680

*Source: NCES

Program Information

A school counseling master's degree prepares graduates to be eligible for licensure and work as professional school counselors in levels K-12. Graduate programs offered in Oregon are usually accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the state's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Courses often tackle theory and techniques in counseling, diversity and social justice, ethical and legal issues, crisis management, and career planning to name a few.

Career Development

A career development course seeks to develop students' counseling approaches and consultation skills in relation to career planning for children and adolescents. The class will discuss development theories and career trends, and may also look into strategies that encourage equitable opportunities for underserved populations. After completing the course, students are expected to be skilled at using measurement instruments in career counseling and are able to utilize relevant guidance and information systems.

Ethical and Legal Issues

A counseling course on ethical and legal issues will examine relevant state and federal laws as well as ethical codes pertinent to educators. Topics may include confidentiality of student records, reporting of child abuse cases, discrimination, sexual harassment, and bullying. The class will also discuss case studies and frameworks for ethical decision making.

Social Justice and Diversity Issues

A graduate class on social justice and diversity will focus on theories and practice of multicultural counseling, advocacy strategies, and equity issues. The course will train candidates to recognize biases and prejudices, develop cultural self-awareness, and identify societal barriers that impede student development. Class discussions may include race and ethnicity, socioeconomic inequality, and sexual identity.

Admission Requirements

Most school counseling graduate programs in Oregon require applicants to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission. Universities will also evaluate applicants based on academic background, professional and volunteer work, letters of recommendation, and personal suitability. While not a requirement, a bachelor's degree in social and behavioral sciences can be an advantage. Some programs also look for relevant experience in social service settings including schools, mental health facilities, child welfare institutions, and the like.

These graduate programs in Oregon provide an array of options for individuals who are considering a career in professional school counseling. Students can consider each program's credit requirements, tuition cost, and length of completion to decide which one suits them best.

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