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A Regent alumnus: Pursue your Master's in School Counseling degree at Regent University online or on campus in Virginia Beach, 23464.

M.A. in School Counseling

Your Affirmation & Guidance Could Be Their Game Changer

Now, more than ever, students need compassionate leaders who will listen, challenge, redirect and advocate for them. Is this your passion? The M.A. in School Counseling, online or on campus in Virginia Beach, will prepare you to become the kind of school counselor who can empower others with skills and resources to transform their own lives.

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Expand Your Career Potential 

Gain solutions-focused student skills to address specific, real-world problems faced by students, teachers, and families today.

Hands-On Fieldwork Experience

Enjoy experiences supervised by masters in school counseling and put classroom lessons into practice.

Collaborate With a Network of Leading-Edge Professionals

Become part of Regent’s respected community of school counselors, with the advantage of a science-faith integration to inform your career.

Presented from a Christian worldview, you’ll learn effective techniques relevant to today’s youth while you earn your master’s from highly experienced faculty in Virginia Beach and beyond.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

Through this master’s in school counseling degree, you will:

  • Apply the skills needed to meet the Virginia requirements for a career in professional counseling within the public school system.
  • Advocate for the personal/social, career development, and academic success of students.
  • Practice counseling skills and classroom management strategies to increase promotion, graduation rates, and college readiness.
  • Prepare for real-world practice and consultation in public and private school settings.

Program Evaluation & Outcomes

Career Opportunities

  • K-12 School Counselor
  • Private School Counselor
  • Public School Counselor
  • Charter School Counselor
8%
Projected employment growth for school and career counselors from 2018-28 (faster than average) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

An intensive examination of the counseling strategies used with school-aged children. Assessment strategies and diagnosis will be examined. Recognition of the rights of special student populations will be given attention. Problems, concerns and dynamics underlying the behavior of children and adolescents and their treatment in counseling will be examined. Prerequisites: COUN 526 and COUN 540.

Provides an understanding of comprehensive K-12 counseling programs to include planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating. Learn how to provide preventive and remedial services that meet and enhance developmental needs and the educational program of the school, and how to be flexible in reacting to differing consumer demands and proactive in providing counseling, consulting, coordinating and guidance services within a school counseling program.

Needs assessment, data collection/analysis, design, implementation, management, and evaluation of a school counseling program are the purpose of this course. The basis is the integration of the assessment information, the American School Counselor Association’s National Model and the National Standards for School Counseling. Prerequisite: COUN 516.

Culminating experience to apply the knowledge and experience gained during the school counselor program under close supervision by a trained school counselor in an assigned school setting. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: December 1
    Cohorts are online only.
  • Fall: July 1
    Cohorts are both online and on-campus.

Important Note: If admitted to an online program, you will be required to attend and successfully complete two one-week residencies during the course of the program. Students have the option of attending a residency in January or August. Students wanting to pursue the accelerated pace will need to attend both the January and August residency their first year.

Prerequisites:

Master’s applicants must:

  • Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Desirable degrees include those in counseling, psychology or related human behavioral fields. Other degree fields will also be considered.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA for all undergraduate coursework.

Application Process:

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire Licensure Survey

Step 4: Resume
Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae to include three references with contact information. References should be able to address questions related to character, as well as your interpersonal and relational skills. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master’s Application Pieces.

Step 5: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 6: Official Test Scores
Submit either official MAT or GRE scores. Waivers are only considered in the following instance: (Please keep in mind waivers are only considered for master’s program applicants.)

  • The applicant has completed a doctoral degree with at least a 3.5 GPA from a regionally accredited college or university.

MAT: Miller Analogies Test
To learn more about the MAT, visit www.milleranalogies.com/.

GRE: Graduate Record Exam-General Test
The School of Psychology & Counseling does not require the Psychology Subject Test. For more information about the GRE you can contact: GRE (Educational Testing Service), Princeton, NJ 08541, 609.771.7670 / 866.473.4373, www.ets.org/gre/

Average test scores of admitted students: MAT – 400. GRE 152 – Verbal and 141 – Quantitative (revised score scale). These are averages based on the scores of enrolled students over the last three years.

Step 7: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 8: Pre-Admissions Interview
Pre-admissions interviews for all licensure programs are by invitation only and completes your process prior to submitting your file to the admissions committee for their review. These required interviews are conducted online, and you must have both a webcam and microphone to participate. Your admissions counselor will provide information regarding interview days/times for you to register once your file is complete.

International student applicants should allow at least 4-6 weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email psycounadmissions@regent.edu, should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6753$2,025
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,625
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,250
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,570
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,260
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6753$2,025
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,625
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,355
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,390
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,250
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Upcoming Residency Dates

Fall 2021:

Residency A (On-Campus) – Sunday, August 8 – Friday, August 13, 2021

Residency B (Online) – Thursday, October 14 – Saturday, October 16, 2021

Spring 2022:

Residency A (On-Campus) – Tuesday, January 4 – Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day

Residency B (Online) – Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, March 5, 2022

Any questions regarding residency should be directed to Academic Services Manager, Linda Harrell at lindha5@regent.edu.


Online students in our master’s counseling programs are required to participate in two week-long residencies from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern Time). Residencies provide networking and mentoring opportunities for students; and facilitate discussions with faculty concerning relevant issues, course matriculation, licensure issues and state/national exams.

During residency, students will begin a course that will be completed during the remainder of the fall semester. First-year students will receive an orientation to Regent and participate in sessions on graduate level writing and online learning technology. The School of Psychology & Counseling usually provides lunch and two breaks daily when courses are in session.

Students should consider the following residency costs: transportation, lodging, meals and textbooks purchased prior to residency. We discourage students from bringing their families during residency as the coursework is intensive and requires a considerable amount of study and preparation time, leaving no time for extracurricular activities.

Waiving of residency requirements will not be considered.

What do school counselors do? 

School counseling is a dynamic and gratifying career. School counselors “provide support to students in pre-K through grade 12 in academic, career, and personal/social development.”1 These professionals advocate and care for students. The role of a school counselor is to consult and collaborate with teachers, administrators, and families “to help all students be successful academically, vocationally and personally.”2

The importance of a school counselor’s role is difficult to deny. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) revealed that school counselors are making a difference in their schools by addressing systemic racism, reducing inequities, and promoting mental well-being.3

How can I become a school counselor? 

The role of a school counselor is to better the development and educational progress of students. It is a career path worthy of consideration and admiration. 

1. Acquire a bachelor’s degree.

Although it is commonly assumed, you do not need to have an undergraduate degree in psychology to become a school counselor. At Regent University, we do suggest applicants for the School of Psychology & Counseling have at least nine credit hours of psychology-related coursework. Again, this is not a prerequisite for admission. Recommended courses include:

  • Intro to Psychology
  • Research Methods/ Statistics
  • Personality Theory
  • Human Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychological Test & Measurements
  • Social Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology

2. Earn a master’s degree in school counseling.

Entrance into Regent’s School of Counseling & Psychology mandates the applicant to have an entrance exam from the GRE or the MAT. Waivers are only considered if the applicant has completed a doctoral degree with at least a 3.5 GPA from a regionally accredited college or university.

The Master of Arts in School Counseling at Regent includes an internship for all students. It can even be completed online! With our suggested three-year plan, you can quickly move forward to get licensed.

3. Complete your licensure requirements.

Licensure requirements can differ by state, so it is important to know that it may alter your completion timeline depending on where you choose to be licensed. The general standard for licensure is:

  • The completion of an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. in School Counseling or an M.A. Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Two years of supervision (post-degree)
  • A state licensure exam is what most states require to become licensed as a professional counselor or its equivalent.

School Counseling licensure or certification is determined by the Board of Education in most states. Find out more about how Regent complies with licensure criteria by state. (Usually an M.A. in Counseling in School Counseling is sufficient.) Students should examine the requirements for licensure in the state or states they would like to practice in the future.

Once you complete all these steps, you can seek employment and become a school counselor!

What is the salary for a school counselor?

According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics,  the mean pay for school counselors was $61,000 per year or $27.42 per hour in 2019.4 The average school counselor salary differs by state. School counselors are in demand. The job outlook shows an expected 8% increase in employment for educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors — an increase of 26,800 jobs — for a total of 360,400 jobs by 2029.5 This is a much higher growth rate than the average 4% in other career paths.

What is it like being a school counselor?

Dr. Jasmine Knight, an associate professor who worked for several years as professional school counselor, has valuable real-life insight into the profession. School counseling is a “fast-paced, solution-focused, student-first” profession. Main responsibilities include:

  • Designing and delivering comprehensive school counseling programs that promote equity and access for all students
  • Proactively addressing student needs and improving student success
  • Engage in professional advocacy to highlight the work they do impacts student development and learning

Being a school counselor can be very rewarding! School counselors are the primary people in the schools “focused on the holistic development of the child.” They are “uniquely positioned to the support the student, the family, and improve academic success through their efforts.” As a school counselor, Dr. Knight says that one will be expected to fulfill different roles and complete duties that sometimes fall outside the role of a counselor which can be challenging.

Still, students are facing many struggles, obstacles, and mental health concerns. “For many students, a school counselor is the only counselor they have access to.” School counselors make a difference in the lives of students every day. Dr. Knight advises those who are considering pursuing a career on school counseling to speak with a practicing school counselor, learn about the expectations of the role, and be sure they have a heart for children.

Sources

1. Virginia Board of Education. (2004). Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools. [PDF file]. Richmond, Virginia: Commonwealth of Virginia.

2. American Counseling Association. (2005). What is a School Counselor: A Resource Guide for Parents and Students. [PDF file]. 

3. American School Counselor Association. (2021). State of the Profession 2020. ASCA Research Report.

4,5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2020, April 10). School and career counselors: Occupational outlook handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved April 3, 2021.

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