School Counseling & Preventive Mental Health (Master of Science)

Curriculum

Creighton University’s Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventive Mental Health consists of 36-39 credit hours (depending on which track you choose) and can be completed in about two years.

All degree candidates are required to take the following courses and choose one track from Elementary School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling or PK-12 Guidance Counseling.

  • Professional Orientation to School Counseling
  • Ethical Guidelines for School Counselors
  • Introduction to the ASCA Model of School Counseling
  • Action Research in School Counseling
  • Issues in Child & Adolescent Development for School Counselors
  • Individual & Program Assessment in School Counseling
  • Theoretical Perspectives in School Counseling
  • Data-Driven Perspectives in School Counseling
  • Career Perspectives for Children & Adolescents
  • Individual Planning & Counseling Techniques for School Counselors
  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children & Adolescents – Group Dynamics
  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children & Adolescents – Classroom Guidance
  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children & Adolescents – Small Group Counseling
  • Diagnosis & Mental Health Issues in Children & Adolescents
  • Social Justice & Diversity in School Counseling

Elementary School Counseling Track

  • Issues in Elementary School Counseling
  • Internship in Elementary School Counseling
  • Advanced Internship in Elementary School Counseling​​

Secondary School Counseling Track

  • Issues in Secondary School Counseling
  • Internship in Secondary School Counseling
  • Advanced Internship in Secondary School Counseling

PK-12 Guidance Counseling Track

  • Issues in Elementary School Counseling
  • Issues in Secondary School Counseling
  • Internship in Elementary OR Secondary School Counseling
  • Advanced Internship in Elementary OR Secondary School Counseling

Students who do not have a teaching certificate must take Practicum I and Practicum II. Nebraska residents without a teaching certificate will also be required to complete nine additional hours of selected education coursework to meet Nebraska Board of Education endorsement requirements, including:

  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment I
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment II
  • School Culture

 

Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Accreditation

Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit http://www.creighton.edu/accreditation/.

Information regarding academic programs which hold specialized accreditation can be found on this page.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Satisfactory background check
  • Notarized felony convictions and mental capacity statements. See application for documents

 

A personal interview or standardized test score may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.​

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition

2018-19 special tuition rate: $560 per credit hour
This does not include fees, books or other expenses.

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.

Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu
402.280.2731

Important Dates and Deadlines

Program Start Date
June

Application Deadline
March 31

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Option

Applicants to the Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventive Mental Health program have the option to apply through Creighton’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps. This specialized two-year experience is dedicated to the formation of enthusiastic, faith-filled and highly motivated teachers in direct service to Catholic schools. Applicants to this program through Magis must meet additional admission requirements.

Magis is a two-year experience built upon three pillars:

  • Community – Teachers continue the sense of community fostered in college by living together on campus during the summer and in small communities throughout the school year.
  • Spirituality – Teachers are encouraged to grow in their faith through ongoing formation and practice of Ignatian spirituality.
  • Professionalism – While teaching for two years in Catholic schools, teachers are required to develop as professional educators by completing a rigorous master’s program.

Students accepted into the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps program receive a monthly stipend, fully subsidized tuition and fees, medical insurance, housing and summer meals. Magis teachers may also be eligible for student loan deferment or forgiveness. Learn more about Magis here.

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