Master of Science in School Counseling

According to Florida’s Department of Education, there’s an ongoing nationwide demand for licensed school counselors. School systems in counties surrounding Southeastern are often unable to fill their counseling positions each year, and that need is only expected to increase, likely by 2,000 additional workers by 2020–2021.Prepare for the next level of excellence as a school counselor through a program that consistently integrates Christian faith and learning. In order to help meet this need, Southeastern’s Master of Science in School Counseling is preparing professionals for this higher degree of service. In the program itself, you will complete 63 credit hours, which includes your academic classes, practicum courses and supervised internship. Classes are taken primarily in the evenings at our Lakeland campus, in addition to two weeklong sessions offered on campus during the summer. This flexible scheduling allows you to complete your graduate studies while continuing in a full-time job, though you will need to account for significant hours of daytime field experience on site at schools during the spring and second fall semesters of training. Though the program can be completed in as few as 24 months, you may prefer a slower pace by taking only one or two courses at a time.

Assist young people in school settings, advocating for them and standing by them in the midst of difficulties.

Program Details

48 hours of major core
15 hours of experiential courses
Total credit hours — 63

Cost per credit hour — $525
Estimated total tuition cost — $33,075

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

Complete syllabi for any course available upon request of department staff/faculty.

  • Philosophy, Organization and Administration of Guidance Services (PCOU 5163) — Study and practice in narrative, poetical and dramatic writing. The course includes reading and discussing student work in groups and in conferences with the instructor.
  • Consultation for the School (PCOU 5173) — This course examines consultation theory and practice as employed by guidance counselors working in educational institutions. Various forms of consultation strategies will be explored, examining the framework for consultation with other professionals, educators, parents and administrators. The study of information and research for the development of effective parent communication skills and effective school staff interaction skills will be emphasized.
  • Specialized Counseling in Elementary and Secondary (PCOU 5183) — This course explores the evolving roles and responsibilities of school counselors, including counseling program development, parent and teacher consultation, developmentally appropriate interventions for diverse populations, emergency procedures, ethical and legal considerations, documentation, referral, job/school partnerships and lifespan planning.
  • Integration of Psychology and Theology (PCOU 5203) — This course is a study of the contemporary evangelical efforts to integrate psychology and theology, focusing on the value of an integrative approach to both disciplines. Topics include behavior, cognition, emotion and motivation.

The Master of Science programs in Professional Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling at Southeastern University strive to:

  1. Educate and train students from a Christian worldview that is grounded in, informed by, and shaped by the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith.
  2. Prepare and train competent mental health counselors, school counselors, and marriage and family therapists to work with individuals, couples, families, groups, agencies and organizations from an appropriately diverse clinical perspective.
  3. Intentionally integrate theology and counseling in the process of education and training, emphasizing a balanced approach to emotional, social, spiritual, personal, and professional growth and development.

Foundations of Counseling

Counseling Theories and Practice

Research Methods

Group Theory and Counseling

Human Growth and Development

Professional Ethics

Human Sexuality

Individual Evaluation and Assessment

Counseling Special Populations and Groups

Career and Lifestyle Development

Philosophy, Organization and Administration of Guidance Services

Consultation for the School

Specialized Counseling in Elementary and Secondary

Substance Abuse Counseling

Integration of Psychology and Theology

Counseling Practicum I and II

School Counseling Internship I and II

Elementary school counselor

Secondary school counselor

College-level counselor

Community and social services professional

College professor

Career counselor

For a complete report of the assessment results within the Department of Counseling Education, click here.

For detailed statistics of the programs within the Department of Counseling Education — including demographics, employment rates and completion rates — click here.