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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling

Become a Social Change Agent for Ohio Students

Demand for licensed school counselors to work with K-12 students in Ohio is increasing. Young people emerged from the pandemic with greater mental health needs around risk, depression, and other issues that can impede their development. John Carroll University’s Master’s in Education Degree (M.Ed.) in School Counseling program provides the needed skills, expertise, and hands-on experience to help students with their academic, personal, and career development. Upon completion of the program, candidates are license-eligible as school counselors in the State of Ohio.

Learn Essential Counseling Skills

Through the program counseling students develop important skills including paraphrasing, reflecting, and summarizing, and apply evidence-based techniques from multiple counseling theories.

Convenient Class Schedules

Classes meet late afternoon and evenings and feature small class sizes, to accommodate counseling student schedules and provide an optimal classroom learning experience. As students progress through the program and spend more time in their practicum and internship placements, classes move to either hybrid or online formats. An online program option is also available.

Learn at Your Own Pace

Program courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms to facilitate quickly moving through the program. Students may also enroll part-time and take up to five years to complete the program.

Gain Experience in the Field

Through three semesters of field placement—practicum (one semester) and internship (two semesters)— students gain firsthand experience working in and navigating a school environment and learn valuable classroom management skills.

Why John Carroll for School Counseling?

The M.Ed. in School Counseling program consists of 60 hours of coursework that can be completed in as little as two and a half years. It features a core sequence of courses that cover human growth and development, tests & measurement, counseling theory, and diversity issues in counseling. The program also includes 9 hours of field experience that encompass both a practicum and internship.

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John Carroll’s M.Ed. in School Counseling degree program is accredited by the following agencies:

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE): Initial and Advanced programs
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Ohio Department of Education

John Carroll University is a private, Jesuit Catholic University located in Cleveland with a long tradition of training exceptional educators. JCU proudly welcomes students of all backgrounds. 



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“Students who complete this program, including the internship, are frequently amazed by how much they’ve grown, both as professionals and as people.”

—Andrew Intagliata, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Counseling

JCU offers an affordable tuition rate competitive with other Northeast Ohio institutions. Tuition scholarships and a limited number of graduate assistantships that provide a partial tuition waiver are also available.

Pursue Your Counseling Career Goals

As you train to become a school counselor, in addition to providing critical support to students, you’ll also be encouraged to build community partnerships, address opportunity gaps faced by students, and learn data-driven program evaluation. 

In addition to drawing on their experience and expertise, program faculty take the time to get to know students as individuals. Small class sizes also encourage the extraordinary mentoring for which John Carroll is known. 

Program faculty have established relationships with various schools across Northeast Ohio. Plus, the opportunity to learn alongside other area educators an active network of alumni at 60 local schools provides a strong pathway to employment.

JCU M. Ed. in School Counseling alumni can be found working across Northeast Ohio and beyond, including for the following employers:

  • Aurora City School District
  • Avon Local School District
  • Benedictine High School
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Constellation Schools LLC
  • Elyria Catholic High School
  • Fairview Park City Schools
  • Gilmour Academy
  • Kenston Local Schools 
  • Keystone Local School District
  • Mayfield City Schools
  • North Ridgeville City Schools
  • University School
  • Walsh Jesuit High School
  • Warrensville Heights City Schools
  • West Geauga Local Schools
  • Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools

Notable Alum


Hannah Grazia, MEd School Counseling ‘19

Status: School Counselor, Mayfield High School

Hannah Grazia is a graduate of our school counseling program who also completed the post-master’s program and is dually licensed as a school counselor and clinical mental health counselor.