Why Study School Counseling?

Graduate | Education | CEPS

UWRF's graduate-level Counseling program prepares students to work as professional counselors in diverse PK-16 school settings. Upon graduation, students will have a Master of Science in Education, a wide breadth of hands-on experience and an array of skills and tools needed to succeed in their careers. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Who is this program designed for?

  • Individuals interested in preparing for employment as a counselor in a school setting
  • Designed for individuals from all professional backgrounds
  • Working adults

Interested in becoming a School Counselor? Please join us for one of the upcoming events:

  • Zoom Open Houses - Drop in and chat with Dr. Baker and others! Click the link during one of the times below.
    • Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Program Details

  • Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Prepares students to work as school counselors at all levels (PK - 16).
  • Flexible degree plans based on diverse graduate students' needs.
  • Evening courses offered fall and spring with electives in summer and winter terms
  • Approachable and available faculty members.
  • Field placement opportunities in urban, suburban, rural, charter, private and online school settings

Application Material Required

Submission Method Required

START HERE: Online application form (and $56 application fee)

Complete the online system application first so we can track your documents as they are submitted. You do NOT need a "campus statement" in this section.

Submit payment electronically at the same link. You can pay immediately or return and pay prior to the application deadline.

You may submit this application without payment initially and all parts of the application below can be sent in separately or as a package. To be reviewed, all pieces must be received by the deadline, including payment.


Email as an attachment to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

Letter of interest: Download this form and complete each section.

Email as attachment to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

  • Be specific. Focus your response to the question at hand.
  • Proofread or have someone you know proofread for errors and clarity.
  • Focus on why you want to become a school counselor and why you hope to study at UWRF.

Three letters of recommendation

Your letter writer must email their recommendation directly as an attachment to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu OR mail to Graduate Admissions (directly from letter writer) at the address below.

  • NO official ranking form, checklist or waiver for letters of recommendation.
  • Good letter writers are those who can speak objectively to your potential - professors, work supervisors or colleagues.
  • Speak with letter writers ahead of time about why you want to become a school counselor and why you want to study at UWRF.
  • We look for evidence of academic skills and/or skills in working with people.
  • We want to read about specific reasons you would be a good fit for this profession and this program.

Official transcripts from your undergraduate degree granting institution (required) and graduate schools attended (if applicable)

Your school should email electronic transcripts directly (many universities offer this option) to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

OPTIONAL: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required but will be considered if official results are submitted.

Mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below (OPTIONAL).

Submit all documents to the Graduate Admissions Office, 103 David Rodli Hall, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022. To check the status of your application, call the Graduate Admissions Office at 715-425-3500.

The Counseling Program meets state standards for certification. It also adheres to the profession's accepted and established practices for training school counselors. Visit the Counseling and School Psychology Department web page for more information.

Required Courses, 60 credits

Core courses, 28 cr.
COUN 610 Introduction to School Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 612 Lifespan Human Development, 3 cr.
COUN 614 Counseling Practicum, 4 cr.
COUN 615 Cultural & Ethical Foundations of Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 620 Career Counseling, 3 cr.
SPSY 622 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention, 3 cr.
COUN 732 Group Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 753 Counseling Theory and Skills, 3 cr.
COUN 770 Comprehensive School Counseling Programming, 3 cr.

Required classes, 20 cr.
SPSY 795 Research and Program Evaluation, 3 cr. 
COUN 798 Independent Study, 2 cr.
SPED 530 Exceptional Child, 3 cr.
COUN 771 Internship: Elementary School Counseling, 4 cr.
COUN 772 Internship: Middle School Counseling, 4 cr.
COUN 773 Internship: High School Counseling, 4 cr.

Before finalizing Internship plans, the student must pass a written examination based upon the content of all of the core course.

Directed elective courses, 12 cr.
Track A: Substance Use Disorder, 6 cr.
Track B: Higher Education Administration, 6 cr.
Additional electives to be selected in consultation with an advisor

Students will also present a portfolio indicating knowledge and application of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standards for Professional School Counselors. Completion of the internship and of the master's program is dependent upon approval of the portfolio by the program faculty and the practicum supervisors in the field.

The 2022 CACREP Outcomes Report for our school counseling program shows that a) 26 students graduated from the program during the 2021-2022 academic year.  Overall, 88% of students since 2015 complete the program within the maximum time period of 7 years. (b). Of the students who chose to take the exam in the past year, 100% passed the Praxis Exam (Praxis II exam is not required for licensure in Wisconsin or Minnesota) (c). Data from 2021-2022 reveals that of our graduates seeking school counseling employment, 100% obtained positions as school counselors (d). Over the last 5 years, 96.6% of our graduates have obtained school counseling positions when seeking such positions.

Learn more about our programs and outcomes here

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You've got questions, we've got answers! We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you. If you've got additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out via email or by phone at 715-425-3237.

Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling Graduate student Audrey Williams
During my first year at UWRF, I have had the opportunity work with students in a guided practicum, get involved with the student association, become the recipient of a program scholarship, and make connections in the field. My peers have been my main motivators because I am inspired by their thought-provoking discussions and dedication to this work.
Audrey Williams

School Counseling

caroline.baker@uwrf.edu // 715-425-3774

Your Degree:


Area of Study:


School Counseling Graduate

Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify as professional school counselors through language and behaviors.
  • Implement and advocate for comprehensive school counseling programs.
  • Support student success by incorporating best practices through research, scholarly literature and technology.
  • Consultcollaborate, and establish partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Apply ethical, developmental and cultural practices in school counseling.

Types of Courses

  • Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • Career Counseling
  • Comprehensive School Counseling Programming
  • Counseling Theory and Skills
  • Cultural and Ethical Foundations of Counseling
  • Exceptional Child
  • Group Counseling
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Lifespan Human Development
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