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Professional School Counselor

Utah State’s Department of Psychology has a nationally accredited master’s degree program for Professional School Counselors. This program is designed to prepare students for professional licensure in school counseling and job opportunities in counseling positions in schools with grades K-12. Students are trained in subject including behavior and education assessment and intervention, ethical and professional standards, individual and group counseling, and career development and college and career readiness. Students receive hands-on experience through practicum and internship placements in private and public schools.

The program accepts students into formats utilizing two types of cohorts. During odd-numbered years, students are accepted into the Statewide Video Conferencing (IVC) cohort, which broadcasts classes live to locations across the State of Utah. Currently, the program broadcasts to 16 different locations. Sites are flexible to accommodate where students live. During even-numbered years, students are admitted to a cohort which meets for live, face-to-face instructorship classes in Davis County.

The USU School Counseling Program has a unique format, designed to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students with part-time evening programming. Students in both cohorts take two, 3-credit hour, classes fall and spring semester, and three, 3-credit hour, classes during the summer. Classes are held one evening per week. Following coursework students are required to complete a 600-hour internship in a K-12 setting. More information on the course offerings, days and times, can be found on our program resources page.

Hiring rates are outstanding. The last graduating class enjoyed 100% job placement. Alumni are working in a variety of educational settings, from primary and secondary schools to colleges and university academic advising centers. Take a step for yourself and your future review our requirements and apply today.


Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

Utah State University is governed by the State Board of Regents and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1924. The NWCCU is “an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions” ( 

The program fully accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and is approved by the Utah State Office of Education and most other states.

Student Spotlights

Makinzie Clark

Makinzie Clark

Alumni Makinzie Clark wants to empower students during their journey to adulthood with confidence.

Brooke Roden

Brooke Roden

Alumni Brooke Roden is passionate about providing students from different backgrounds with opportunities.

Jens Nielson and family

Jens Nielson

Jens Nielson transitioned from another career to pursue a second master's degree and become a school counselor.