MAEd Concentration - Counselor Education | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Master of Arts in Education (Counselor Education)

  • Become a school counselor — and help students bring balance to their complex lives.

    Students are impacted by more than what happens in the classroom. This exciting time of life can bring with it personal, social and academic pressure, and at times students can feel overwhelmed, wondering how to move forward. With a Master of Arts in Education (Counselor Education) from Capital, you can serve as a trusted guide and help them achieve academic and personal success during their journey of self-discovery. Our graduate counselor program will prepare you to play a vital role in helping them make sense of their world inside and outside of school. Designed for working professionals, our unique program combines the convenience of online courses and on-campus classes with personal interaction with your professors and your faculty adviser.

    Through coursework that merges theory and best practices taught by highly respected professionals in the field, you can obtain the requisite knowledge and understanding you need to reach, advise and counsel today’s diverse, socially wired student population. And through the program’s school counseling practicum and school counseling internship, you’ll be putting your training and research to work where it matters — in real schools with real students. Your course of study culminates in a Capstone Research Project designed in concert with your faculty adviser and reflecting your professional interests, goals and aspirations.

    If you’re interested moving from the classroom or changing careers altogether, you can obtain an MAEd in School Counseling in as few as two years. And you don’t need an undergraduate degree in teaching to enroll, but can gain entry with a bachelor’s degree from any accredited institution of higher education. As a graduate of the program, you will be eligible for licensure as a Professional School Counselor by the Ohio Department of Education and will be prepared to work in public and private K-12 educational settings.

    Make our network your network.

    Capital’s renowned teaching faculty includes both distinguished professors and researchers as well as working educational professionals from throughout central Ohio and across the state. In learning from them and working alongside them, you’ll be joining a vibrant network of established educators you can turn to for guidance, career opportunities and insight for years to come.

    Learn more through a personal campus visit.

    The first step toward your MAEd in Counselor Education degree starts with an information session offered on the Capital campus where you can meet personally with faculty and staff. While our information brochures and website provide lots of vital information, they can’t replace the personal interaction available through these invaluable live encounters. So take that next step. Come to campus. Ask questions. Get answers. Find out if Capital’s Master of Arts in Counselor Education is right for you.

    Admission Criteria

    The criteria for admission into the program are as follows:

    • Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
    • Satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B);
    • Evidence of compatibility of professional goals with Capital University’s Master of Arts in Education program, as addressed in submitted writing sample and personal interview;
    • Evidence of ability to successfully complete program as collectively indicated in all materials submitted in the application process; and
    • Signed Statement of Assurance of Good Moral Character.

    Application Process

    1. Submit an online application. Select the Graduate Application and select your concentration. It will include a writing sample, academic plan questions, and a place to upload your current resume or curriculum vita.
    2. Request official transcripts from all previous institutions attended. Mail to:
      Adult and Graduate Education
      Capital University
      1 College and Main
      Columbus, OH 43209-2394
    3. Three letters of professional reference (must include at least one from a school administrator if applicant has teaching experience). Letters should be from individuals who can attest to your preparedness for graduate level work and/or disposition for the professional. Character references from family members or friends are not needed. Can be emailed to or mailed to the address above.
    4. Apply for Financial Aid. If you plan on utilizing financial aid to help pay for your courses, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Capital’s FAFSA code is 003023.


    Course Requirements

    This course provides introductory skills, philosophies, principles, and practice of school counseling. While we encourage students to attend full-time and complete the course of study on two academic years, there are curriculum to accommodate three- and four-year plans. Courses begin in the fall of each year for all students (with some courses optional to begin during the summer semester). Students will need to complete the 64-credit hour program of study, which includes concentrations in:

    • Foundations (18 credit hours)
    • Development (4 credit hours)
    • Professional counseling (12 credit hours)
    • Counseling populations (8 credit hours)
    • Research and advanced skills (10 credit hours)
    • Field experience (12 semester hours)

    For a complete list of courses and correlative syllabi contact Michael Lewis at

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How long wiLL it take me to complete the degree?

    A full-time student taking the recommended courses will finish in two-years. There are options to extend the coursework and internship to either a three-year or four-year plan. We typically recommend that students work towards the two-year plan, but you can work with your academic advisor to find what plan might work best with your situation.

    What does the practicum and internship experiences involve?

    Counseling is a hands-on profession and as such, it is important to gain real-world experience. Both experiences involve working directly in a school setting, coordinating with a supervisor, and connecting face-to-face with students in a variety of settings including individual and group counseling. The practicum is completed in the spring semester and entails 100 hours on-site with at least 40 hours of direct contact with students. The internship experience is 600 hours spread over both the fall and spring semester with at least 240 direct contact hours.

    Can I complete my practicum/internship in the school I work in now?

    Perhaps – it is a case-by-case scenario. It often depends on the school/district and their willingness to be flexible, the availability of a qualified school counseling supervisor on-site, and enough freedom to gain the necessary hours. We request that you do not work therapeutically with students that you would otherwise engage with in the classroom or other situations.

    How do the hybrid courses work?

    Hybrid courses allow us to offer classes that better fit the working adult. It minimizes the amount of time students need to be on campus and focuses part of the work online. The number of face-to-face classes vary from course to course ranging from 5-8 (and weekly for practicum and internship courses). The in-class time is supplemented with online lectures, videos, readings, reflections, and other alternatives to learning that allow in-class time to be more hands-on and focused. Students can anticipate being on campus an average of two nights per week.

    What will my schedule look like?

    All classes are offered in the evening to accommodate student’s practicum and internships experiences. Classes begin at 4:00pm and at most two classes are on a single evening. Currently classes vary on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

    Do I need to come from an education background?

    Absolutely not. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and undergraduate degrees. There are no specific prerequisites to enter into the program other than a desire to be a great professional school counselor!

    I didn't get a 3.0 GPA in my undergraduate, but I think I can do the work. Can I still apply?

    Yes! A 3.0 minimum GPA is recommended in order to demonstrate the ability to do graduate level reading, writing, and research. However, we know everyone’s undergraduate experience is different and sometimes not reflective of one’s true ability. We work with applicants on a 1-to-1 basis to determine fit for the program and ability to succeed. If accepted with a sub-3.0 GPA, students would be placed on a probationary period in order to demonstrate the ability to complete quality graduate work.

    What are the expectations for writing and research?

    We strive to not graduate excellent professional school counselors but also quality scholars. Research and graduate level writing are a part of nearly all courses and an understanding of APA formatting will be applied. But don't’ worry if you think you’re not quite there yet – we know not all undergraduate programs emphasize this component and area of learning. We will work with you to grow this skill.

    Will I be interviewed as part of the admissions process?

    We believe it is very important to meet and learn about every applicant on a personal level, so yes, we do interview all potential candidates. This also gives you an opportunity to make sure that this is a fit for you as well. We are mutually committing to one another for at least two years so it is important to make sure everyone involved is fully informed and confident in the decision.

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