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School Counseling Emphasis


The school counseling emphasis (60 credit hours) has been designed for graduate students planning to become school counselors. Upon completion of the program and the school counseling emphasis requirements, including successful completion of the Praxis II exam, students are granted the master's degree and are eligible for endorsement by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the K-12 school counselor license.

School counselors are employed in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Their major functions include individual and small group counseling, consultation with parents and teachers, and coordination of a wide variety of developmental services and programs. School counselors are expected to provide leadership and direction in the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program for the school in which they are employed.

Students enrolled in the school counseling emphasis must complete the core courses required of all counselor education students. In addition to these core courses, specialized courses related to perspectives of school counseling, elementary and middle school counseling, and secondary school counseling are required.

Specific Requirements

  • Students must complete a yearlong (September-May) internship in a school setting.
  • Students in the school counseling emphasis will need to pass the PRAXIS Exam required by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. Information about the Praxis II Exam (Professional School Counselor #5421) can be found at Scroll down to bottom of page and select "Professional School Counselor (5421)" from drop-down list to view upcoming testing dates.




Students who are not current teachers, or who lack two years of experience as a teacher, are invited to consider the school counseling emphasis.  The additional courses required by the WI DPI for individuals who have not been teachers have been integrated into the master's level coursework. 

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