Online School Counseling

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Online Program in School Counseling

Gain the skills to be a school counselor at Teachers College, Columbia University — all online.

Make the most of online learning flexibility and stay on track towards earning your degree at the #1 Graduate School of Education in the country – and the birthplace of Educational Psychology. Our program is dedicated to the preparation of future school counselors, professionals who set K-12 students up for lifelong success. Online students have the same exceptional experiences as students on campus: faculty mentorship, thought-provoking classroom discussion, connection with peers through a cohort model, and assistance with fieldwork placements.

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Online School Counseling

  • Entry Term: Summer Only
  • Number of Credits: 60
  • Degrees Available: Ed.M., with options for a simultaneous M.A. in Psychological Counseling and advanced certificate in College Advising
  • Deadline for App: January 15 (Priority), April 1 (Final)
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid Options Available
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The Ed.M. is designed to prepare students for the position of school counselor with awareness, knowledge, and skills for promoting the academic, social, postsecondary, and interpersonal development for all K-12 students. The program is designed to bring knowledge into practice through a combination of coursework, interaction with faculty and peers, and fieldwork. You’ll graduate well-prepared to advise students on major life transitions and carry out assessment, evaluation, and treatment of socio-emotional disorders and dysfunctions.

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Looking to advance your career, find a specialization or change paths completely? Our School Counseling program is offered in an online format that combines synchronous and asynchronous modalities – often scheduled in the afternoon and evening. You’ll receive assistance securing a fieldwork placement in your area, with no obligation to relocate.

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TC’s Online School Counseling program leads to initial certification in the state of NY. Requirements vary from state-to-state – we encourage you to ensure the program meets your goals. As you complete your education, you can earn two degrees simultaneously – a Masters of Arts in psychological counseling and a Master of Education in school counseling, along with an Advanced Certificate in College Advising. Students see strong fieldwork placement rates and receive 1:1 support from advisors. Generous scholarships are available for the program.

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The role of school counselors is crucial at this juncture – we need them now more than ever before. TC’s School Counseling faculty place significant emphasis on the importance of social justice, multiculturalism and diversity. Students at TC prepare, and become equipped to, work with children with a variety of family backgrounds, those experiencing mental health issues, and students with marginalized identities.

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