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Building the Capacity of Youth to Succeed

Our Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited School Counseling Program trains graduate students to become multiculturally-competent school counselors who are leaders and advocates in K-12 schools. Using hands-on and experiential learning, students develop school counseling skills and dispositions in regional schools. As the only public, research university in the region, UMSL students learn from scholars in the field to apply innovative counseling to help K-12 students develop in social/emotional, academic, and career domains.

The highest national counseling accreditation, CACREP, ensures that graduates from UMSL's program are eligible to become Licensed Professional Counselors in the state of Missouri in addition to being state Certified School Counselors. Additionally, CACREP accreditation ensures that a degree from this program will be recognized nationally for employment and credentialing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), there is faster than average job outlook for school and career counselors over the next few years. The program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Our counseling degree program graduates have outstanding records of achieving counseling credentials, including a very high pass rate on the examinations required for Missouri school counselor certification and counselor licensure. Our graduates are highly respected by regional school districts and are sought out to fill open positions. In the 2021-2022 academic year, 15 students graduated from the school counseling program. The completion rate for the program was about 89%. Most graduates (about 88%) pass the certification exam and about 92% are employed in the field.

Low tuition rates

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers very competitive tuition rates. UMSL was rated #1 in Missouri for Affordability by Business Insider. Financial aid is available for students who are eligible. Please contact Financial Aid for details.

Flexible delivery

We offer evening, in-person courses with various course length (4 weeks, 8 weeks, 16 weeks) across all semesters - Spring, Summer, and Fall. Our evening courses allow most of our students to maintain full-time while earning their counseling degree.

Master of Education (MEd)

Program Coordinator:

Emily Brown

458 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-5792

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - March 1
Spring - October 1


Slide 1 Mary Edwin wins NCDA Article of the Year
The National Career Development Association recognized Mary Edwin’s article on STEM career aspirations among high school students in Career Development Quarterly. The article is a continuation of her two primary research interests – career development in schools and STEM career development. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Coveted ASCA ambassadorship expands on Sam Walk’s education as a school counselor
Sam Walk hopes to use his UMSL degree to work with middle- and high-schoolers, a vocation he is pursuing through the College of Education. (Photo by August Jennewein)


In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants to the M.Ed. must complete the program supplemental application, have two completed references on file, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and upon admission will take CNS ED 6010, Theories of Counseling, in their first semester. Admissions will be conducted twice a year. The deadlines for application are March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Since it is the objective of the counseling faculty to identify students with low potential for competent practice as early as possible and to initiate the necessary procedures for dealing with such students, faculty of the counseling program reserve the right to review students at any stage of their coursework. A U (Unsatisfactory) in any clinical course or any grade less than a B- in these core counseling courses will automatically trigger a review process by the Counseling Review Board.

CNS ED 6010
Theories of Counseling
CNS ED 6020
Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
CNS ED 6060
Helping-Relationship Skills
CNS ED 6270
School Counseling Practicum
CNS ED 6280
School Counseling Field Experience
CNS ED 6370
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I
CNS ED 6380
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience

The Counseling Review Board process, however initiated, may result in the termination of the student’s degree program or other required or recommended remedies to address deficiencies judged by the Counseling Review Board as related to the skills that are essential to the development of competent and ethical practices as a professional counselor.

Students admitted to the M.Ed. degree programs in counseling as “restricted graduate students” (see the “graduate study” rules in this Bulletin) must attain a 3.0 GPA in the 12 hours of course work at UMSL. Restricted students must include the following courses in the first 12 hours of coursework: CNS ED 6010: Theories of Counseling and CNS ED 6020: Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling. A student on restricted status earning any grade less than a B- in either of these courses but still maintaining a 3.0 GPA, will be allowed to repeat the course one time and must earn a grade of B- or better to be fully admitted. 

The courses listed below meet the course work requirements for the M.Ed. degree, state certification, and licensing as a professional counselor:

Counselor Education
CNS ED 6010Theories of Counseling3
CNS ED 6020Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling3
CNS ED 6030Foundations for Multicultural Counseling3
CNS ED 6040Group Procedures in Counseling3
CNS ED 6050Individual Inventory3
CNS ED 6060Helping-Relationship Skills3
CNS ED 6200Foundations of School Counseling3
CNS ED 6270School Counseling Practicum3
CNS ED 6280School Counseling Field Experience6
CNS ED 6400Career Information and Development3
CNS ED 6600Theories and Techniques of Counseling Children and Adolescents3
or CNS ED 6610 Introduction to Play Therapy
CNS ED 6630Career Development in K-12 Schools3
CNS ED 6730Counseling for Loss, Crisis, and Trauma3
Psychological Foundations and Human Development
ED PSY 6226Mental Health and Development of Children and Youth 3
or ED PSY 6222 Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development
or ED PSY 6210 Life-Span: Individual and Family Development
ED PSY 6532Psychoeducational Differences3
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods
ED REM 6710Educational Research Methods and Design3
Nine credit hours from CNS ED or related courses such as:9
CNS ED 6220
Counseling Individuals with Disabilities
CNS ED 6410
Advanced Career and Leadership Development
CNS ED 6620
Advanced Play Therapy
CNS ED 6680
School Counseling in the Classroom
CNS ED 6700
Introduction to Addictive Behaviors and Addiction Counseling
CNS ED 6830
Counseling African American Clients
CNS ED 6840
Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Counseling
CNS ED 6850
Social Class and Poverty Issues in Counseling
CNS ED 6870
Counseling and Cultural Competence in a Global Society
Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1
Total Hours60

 Please consult with the Department office for requirements and dates of this examination.

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Emily Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Emily Brown is an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. She received a BA from Wake Forest University, MA from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and she worked as an elementary school counselor before obtaining her PhD in Counselor Education from University of Tennessee. ...
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Mary Edwin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Edwin is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Edwin served as a career counselor and an elementary and middle school counselor. Her research focuses on K-12 career development, career decision-making skills of undergraduate s...
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Phillip Waalkes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phillip Waalkes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. He received his bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Hope College and his Master's in School Counseling from Western Carolina University. After working for about 5 years as a school counselor in a rural K-12 school, he ob...
DESE School Counselor (Grades K-12) Certification
Upon completion of Missouri DESE requirements for certification, UMSL will recommend the candidate for the Initial Professional Certificate. This program provides a route to certification in School Counseling (K-12).
Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
All Counseling degrees fulfill requirements for the State of Missouri for Licensure. After students graduate, they are eligible to apply to the Committee for Professional Counselors [in Missouri], complete supervision hours, and pass the NCE [National Counselor Exam] to obtain state licensure.
National Certified Counselor (NCC) Credential
Upon completion of the degree requirements, graduates of our program are eligible for the National Board for Certified Counselors’ (NBCC) National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. According to the NBCC, “Savvy employers recognize hiring counselors who are board certified and provide clients with access to professionals who meet national standards in professional counseling. With board certified counselors, employers can be confident in staff members’ qualifications.