M.A. in Counseling with a K-12 School Counseling Emphasis Distance Learning
How the K-12 School Counseling Program Works
All courses in the K-12 School Counseling Program are distance classes. With the program, you can earn your Master of Arts in Counseling with a K-12 School Counseling Emphasis from the University of North Dakota without interrupting your career.
"Live" Online Classes
You will receive the convenience of distance learning with the personal contact and connection of "live" instruction through Web-based, online courses.
Classes meet "live" in evening class sessions using Web conferencing technology. Classes are not pre-recorded. The use of a web-cam and headset allow all participants in the class to be seen and heard. Instructional materials are visible during the lectures and students participate in discussions, breakout sessions, and collaborative activities.
As an online student in "live" Web classes, you will:
- Participate in 2-3 class sessions per week that are conducted "live" over the Internet. Typically, online classes are held at set times that are convenient for most students, such as in the evenings.
- Interact with your instructors and other students using Web-conferencing technology.
- See your instructors' materials as though you were sitting in a classroom on the UND campus.
In this manner, the class lectures, discussion, and collaboration are conducted in a very similar fashion to traditional on-campus classes.
During both summer semesters of your distance program, you are REQUIRED to attend two 4-day sessions on the UND campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota (a total of 4 visits).
Typically, the on-campus visits are scheduled from Monday through Thursday during June and July.
As the only on-campus components of the program, the on-campus visits are designed to integrate, extend, and apply the knowledge you learned in current and previous online courses and readings.
On-campus housing can be reserved at an affordable rate and students are responsible for making all travel arrangements.
Practicum and Internship
You will be required to participate in a 1-semester, supervised school counseling practicum (150 hours) and a 2-semester supervised school counseling internship (600 hours) in a school setting in or near your local community. Students will complete hours at both the primary (elementary school) and secondary (middle school and high school) levels. During your practicum and internship, you must be supervised by a credentialed/licensed school counselor who you obtain in your community and who can directly observe your work.