This degree leads to eligibility for the National Certified Counselor Credential as well as DESE requirements for school counseling certification.


Career Opportunities

  • K-12, Higher Education
  • Employment Agencies
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Probation/Probate
  • Juvenile Detention
  • Family and Children Services
  • Abuse Clinics


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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Elementary and/or Secondary School Counseling prepares professional school counselors to serve the academic, career, and personal/social needs of culturally diverse students in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The program strives to develop a culturally diverse student population and to draw students from local, regional, national and international locations. The objectives of the program are to prepare graduates who:

  • understand school environments;
  • understand self and others;
  • understand students' attitudes and behaviors;
  • understand students' decision-making and problem-solving skills;
  • have effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • understand students' school success skills;
  • understand students' career awareness and educational planning; and
  • understand community pride and involvement.

The MED in School Counseling requires 48 hours of graduate curriculum coursework. Students select either an emphasis in elementary school counseling or an emphasis in secondary school counseling. Additional credits are required for non-certified teachers and individuals without teaching degrees in order to obtain state certification as a school counselor. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to meet the requirements for DESE Elementary Counselor Certification for grades K-8 and/or DESE Secondary Counselor Certification for grades 7-12. Also upon completion of program requirements, students are eligible to apply for the National Certified Counselor Credential and to obtain the Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor licensure.

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What UMSL Education has to offer

UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations. For more on UMSL Education, visit