MEd/EdS in School Counseling
Students and Bell TowerME.d/Ed.S program in School Counseling 

The 62 credit-hour program combines coursework from both the Department of Education and Psychology. Students completing this program will acquire knowledge, dispositions, and professional skills to function in school settings as licensed School Counselors, and will be trained within the Pragmatic Model. It is the goal of the Valparaiso University School Counseling Program to provide school counseling training in accordance with standards established by CACREP and the Indiana Department of Education's Division of Professional Standards.

 The first integrated sequence of study (33 credit hours) leads to the awarding of the Master of Education in Education and Psychological Foundations and the second integrated sequence of study (29 credit hours) leads to the Ed.S., Educational Specialist degree. Graduates of this program will also qualify for licensure as School Counselors in the State of Indiana upon successful completion of all coursework, program assessments, and required professional tests.


The Valparaiso University School Counseling Program is designed for completion in two and a half years of full-time sequenced study, including summers. Practicum and internship field-training are essential components of the training sequence. Courses are typically held during evening hours, but field-training requirements must typically be met during hours in which elementary and secondary schools are in session.

To ensure that individual candidates are meeting programmatic goals, data will be collected at periodic checkpoints and reviewed by a designated committee determined for each student at the initiation of the program. Checkpoints are as follows:

  1. Prior to initial Admission to the program;
  2. Pre-practicum Review;
  3. Pre-internship Review;
  4. Pre-graduaton/Pre-licensing Review.

Follow-up employment surveys will be completed within one year of graduation. Evaluation of candidates' knowledge, skills, and dispositions will occur 1) through mulitple methods of assessment (e.g., portfolios, scoring rubrics, field training, norm-referenced testing), 2) across settings (e.g., university classrooms and elementary/secondary settings), and finally, 3) from perceptions of different raters/evaluators.

Individuals who have already completed graduate work within the past five years may transfer up to 21 credit hours of applicable coursework toward meeting the degree requirements. No more than nine of the 21 credits to be transferred can be at the 600-level. Transfer of credits is apporved on a course-by-course basis by appropriate faculty in the Education or Psychology Department. Transfer credits must be congruent with the Valparaiso University degree requirements.

 Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduate Students

 Early entry is an option for VU undergraduate students in any major who are willing to commit to the MEd/Ed.S. School Counseling program upon completion of their Bachelor’s degree. Benefits of the program include an early admission decision for graduate status and the opportunity to save credits and tuition by allowing graduate course work during the student’s senior undergraduate year.  

Students should have completed the necessary undergraduate hours in their major to graduate at completion of their senior year, must demonstrate a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, and have earned at least a B in introductory psychology, human development and statistics course work by conclusion of their Junior Fall semester. Students must submit the Early Entry application no later than March 1 of their Junior year.  For application information, please contact the Graduate School.

M.Ed. Education & Psychological Foundations 33 credits
ED 617 Assessment & Management of the Learning Environment 3 cr
COUN 600 Introduction to Student Services & Educational Systems 3 cr
COUN 620 Human Development: Biological & Learned Bases of Behavior 3 cr
COUN 625 Social & Cultural Bases of Behavior 3 cr
COUN 660 Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories 3 cr
COUN 662 Helping Relationships: Counseling Processes 3 cr
COUN 664 Career Counseling: Appraisal & Intervention 3 cr
COUN 682 Practicum in School Counseling 3 cr
SPSY 540 Learning Exceptionalities 3 cr
SPSY 640 Professional Issues, Ethics & Law 3 cr
SPSY 660 Consultation in School & Community Settings 3 cr
Education Specialist Component
29 cr
ED 610 Research in Education
3 cr
ED 612 Decision Making in Curriculum & Instruction 3 cr
ED 671 Cultural Leadership in a Multicultural Society
3 cr
COUN 570 Assessment in Counseling: Testing & Appraisal 3 cr
COUN 687 Internship in School Counseling (2 semesters) 6 cr
SPSY 650 Socialization & Development of Life Skills 3 cr
SPSY 688 Statistical Interpretation for School Program Evaluation 3 cr
 Electives (choose two):
ED 528 Foundations of Literacy Development 3 cr
COUN 575 Human Neuropsychology in Counseling & School Settings 3 cr
COUN 635 Introduction to Psychopathology 3 cr
COUN 665 Family Counseling & Dynamics 3 cr
COUN 667 Substance Abuse Counseling 3 cr
COUN 691 Advanced Topics in Counseling 3 cr
SPSY 551 Applied Behavior Analysis 3 cr

Criteria For Admission:

 In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to The Graduate School, applicants should note the following requirements for both the M.Ed. and Ed.S. components of the program:

  • Applicants are expected to have a background in psychology which includes one course in introductory psychology, one course in human growth and development, and one course on basic statistics. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted to the program on the condition that they complete these courses prior to their first semester at Valparaiso University.
  • Applicants' 250-350 word essay should relate graduate study to professional goals. The essay should include a self-assessment of experience and education that would qualify one for undertaking work in school counseling. This essay is in substitution of the general essay required for admission to the Graduate School.

Admission is generally offered only for the fall semester, with priority given to applications submitted by March 1. Preference is given to applicants who plan to complete the program through full-time coursework.

Some seats are still available for Fall 2011; contact the Graduate School to begin your application today.

As part of the application process, students must provide:


  • Valparaiso University Graduate Application Application;
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework. If you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Valparaiso University, you are not required to submit an official transcript from Valparaiso University;
  • Two letters of recommendation; 
  • Essay relating graduate study to professional goals. Two to four page reflective essay relating graduate study to professional goals and including a self-assessment of experience and education that qualifies the student for undertaking the School Counseling program;  
  • Application Fee: $30.


Financial Considerations
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable graduate tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $560 per credit hour, highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality.
Full-time graduate students pay a $183 general fee each fall and spring semester. Part-time graduate students pay a $100 general fee each fall and spring semester. Financial aid is available through student loans. Most students are employed part- or full- time in social service and school settings in the surrounding community during their graduate study.

Interested students should request an information packet from the Graduate School through our website or by e-mailing

Click here to apply online.