Master's Degree in Educational Counseling

Requirements

Am I qualified to get into an online educational counseling master’s program?

Degree

Bachelor's

Transcripts

Undergraduate

Recommendations

2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations

Tests

GRE

The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission into many master's level degree programs in educational counseling. The average scores for students studying student counseling and personnel services are reported here.

Additional Requirements

None

What undergraduate degrees do educational counseling master’s students typically hold?

  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Liberal Arts

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in educational counseling?

  • Volunteer or work part-time in a higher education setting that involves student affairs, academic advising, counseling and related student services.
  • Serve in a leadership position with a campus or community group that provides assistance or support to college students.
  • Join a professional organization that provides resources for higher education and/or counseling professionals.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online educational counseling master’s students?

  • NACADA Scholarships: Student members of the National Academic Advising Association are eligible to apply for multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 each year.
  • Channing Briggs Small Grant Program: The NASPA Foundation recognizes innovative areas of research through this annual funding opportunity open to all members of the student affairs community.
  • Ruth Strand Award: Sponsored by the NASPA Foundation, this grant recognizes students engaged in high-quality research related to women and higher education; applications include the submission of articles, papers or portfolios.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online educational counseling master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • The ability to interpret research related to student affairs and counseling in higher education, and apply the results in a work setting
  • An understanding of the concerns and issues that college students face today
  • Knowledge of multiple counseling theories, techniques and interventions
  • An understanding of the culture of higher education institutions, their organization and administrative processes and policies
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a diverse student population to address a variety of personal and academic issues

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in educational counseling, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Counselors, All Other

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $46,330
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      27,830
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      Unavailable
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      Unavailable
    • State with Higest Pay

      Colorado — $59,870
    • City with Highest Pay

      Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA — $75,810
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Texas — $55,290
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Abilene, TX — $38,330
  • School and Career Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $56,160
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      241,870
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      270,894
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +12%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $70,070
    • City with Highest Pay

      El Centro, CA — $77,850
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Vermont — $50,700
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bloomington, IN — $56,860
  • Rehabilitation Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $37,660
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      103,840
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      124,608
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +20%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Alaska — $55,410
    • City with Highest Pay

      Bay City, MI — $66,790
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Idaho — $37,860
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Coeur d'Alene, ID — $34,500
  • Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologist

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $72,710
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      104,480
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      117,018
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +12%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Hawaii — $102,990
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA — $114,560
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      New Mexico — $62,360
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Lebanon, PA — $68,310
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $41,090
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      83,120
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      108,887
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +31%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Michigan — $50,890
    • City with Highest Pay

      Lansing-East Lansing, MI — $66,970
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Rhode Island — $34,020
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Waterbury, CT — $44,050
  • Mental Health Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $43,700
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      115,580
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      149,098
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +29%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Alaska — $57,040
    • City with Highest Pay

      Ocean City, NJ — $71,090
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $41,550
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Lynchburg, VA — $42,040

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.

Resources

What are some of the most important publications in the educational counseling field today?

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: The online version of this publication includes feature articles, research reports, blogs and advice for faculty members and higher education administrators.
  • Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: This online magazine is a source for articles, news and commentary related to multicultural practices and policies in higher education.
  • Academic Advising Today: NACADA, the global community for academic advising, publishes this online magazine quarterly to promote research and practice of academic advising at the college level.
  • Inside Higher Ed: An online resource, this site provides access to news, reviews, opinions, research and blogs that cover a wide range of higher education topics.
  • Counseling Today: Refer to this magazine from the American Counseling Association for news and feature articles addressing the needs of the counseling professional; a digital version is available online.

What RSS feeds related to educational counseling are worth subscribing to?

  • Say Something: This blog and its podcasts are affiliated with The Chronicle of HIgher Education, and feature college students’ stories in their own voices.
  • American College Counseling Association: Sign up to receive news from this professional association serving counselors and others working in higher education settings; this group is part of the American Counseling Association.
  • NASPA Research and Policy Institute: Follow this division of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators to get the latest news about policies that affect college students.
  • Changing Higher Education: Subscribe to educator Lloyd Armstrong’s blog for information and resources related to the impact of economic, political, demographic and technological changes on higher education.
  • Eric Stoller’s Blog: This college student affairs professional and consultant provides helpful resources and commentary on issues related to higher education, social justice and technology.

Programs

  1. Angelo State University

    12 Master’s Programs Available
  2. Arkansas Tech University

    23 Master’s Programs Available
  3. Chadron State College

    21 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 1000 Main St
    • Chadron, NE
    • (308) 432-6000

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: Town: Remote
    • Student Population: 3,889
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 272

    Master’s Programs Available

  4. Concordia University-Wisconsin

    35 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 12800 N Lake Shore Dr
    • Mequon, WI
    • (262) 243-5700

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
    • Student Population: 8,238
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 1770

    Master’s Programs Available

  5. Dallas Baptist University

    76 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    • Dallas, TX
    • (214) 333-7100

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: City: Large
    • Student Population: 6,976
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 1140

    Master’s Programs Available

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