Subbing as a School Counselor

This past winter I was a long term substitute counselor at an elementary school. I really enjoyed my time being there. I was there for about 12 weeks until the other counselor came back from being on leave. While I was there, I did several guidance lessons, started two boys groups, and met with several kids. I learned so much while I was there.

I applied to several positions after that job ended and for the first time ever I had three interviews for permanent school counseling positions. Unfortunately, I did not get hired at any of the schools. :(

I graduated in 2009 from a good university. Unfortunately the economy hit just right in our area that left too many counselors looking for jobs and not enough positions to fill. Because I have small children, I have not applied to other positions outside of school counseling. I would definitely be interested in mental health counseling but because daycare costs are expensive, it would be best if I waited until my middle child is in Kindergarten. Next year I will branch out and apply to other counseling positions in addition to school counseling.

How long have you been looking for a school counseling position?


Counseling Degrees at Walden University



As someone who has a counseling degree from a university accredited by CACREP, I generally only recommend degrees that are accredited by CACREP. If you are interested in obtaining a counseling degree online, there are some programs at Walden University that are accredited and available online.

Walden University

The following 3 programs are accredited according to CACREP’s website.

Program Degree Link
Counselor Education and Supervision PhD Request More Info
Mental Health Counseling MS Request More Info
Marriage/Couple and Family Counseling MS Request More Info

Walden University offers several more programs that are available online. However, I do not know anything about their accreditation. I highly recommend you request info and ask. Here are the other online degrees available at Walden University.

Program Degree Link
School Counseling General Program MS Request More Info
School Counseling Crisis & Trauma MS Request More Info
School Counseling Addictions Counseling MS Request More Info
School Counseling Military MS Request More Info

Master’s in School Counseling Programs By State and Online


Looking to get a Master’s in school counseling? I have a M.Ed. in school counseling from Georgia State University.

First, I highly recommend you attend a degree program that is accredited by CACREP. Research shows CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), streamlines the licensure application process, and CACREP programs have been reviewed against professionally approved standards. I personally attended a program accredited by CACREP.

You can see a list of CACREP programs here.

Accreditation must be renewed, so accreditation can expire. Always verify that a program is accredited.

Here are a list of online master’s in school counseling programs that are currently accredited as of June 20, 2014.

University Degree Request Info
Adam's State University M.A. in School Counseling
Capella University M.S. in School Counseling Request More Info
Columbus State University M.Ed in School Counseling
Messiah College M.A. in School Counseling
Regent University M.A. in School Counseling
Wake Forest University M.A. in School Counseling

Here are a list of master’s school counseling programs accredited by CACREP (this list hasn’t been updated since 2012):

Alaska: None


Auburn University
Auburn University Montgomery
Jacksonville State University
Troy University – Dothan
Troy University – Montgomery
Troy University – Phenix City
Troy University – Troy
University of Alabama Birmingham
The University of Alabama,
University of Montevallo
University of North Alabama


Arkansas State University
Henderson State University
University of Arkansas


Northern Arizona University


California State University Los Angeles
California State University Northridge
California State University Sacramento
San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University
University of San Diego


Adams State College
Colorado State University
University of Colorado at Colorado
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Northern Colorado


Central Connecticut State University
Fairfield University
Southern Connecticut State University
University of Connecticut
Western Connecticut State University

District of Columbia

Gallaudet University
George Washington University
University of the District of Columbia

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Delaware: None


Barry University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast
Florida International University
Stetson University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of North Florida
University of South Florida


Augusta State University
Clark Atlanta University
Columbus State University
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
University of Georgia
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University

Hawaii: none


The University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa


Boise State University
Idaho State University
Northwest Nazarene University


Bradley University
Chicago State University
Concordia University Chicago
Eastern Illinois University
Governors State University
National Louis University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University
University of Illinois Springfield
Western Illinois University


Ball State University
Butler University
Indiana State University
Indiana University
Indiana University
Indiana Wesleyan University
Purdue University


Emporia State University
Kansas State University
MidAmerica Nazarene University


Eastern Kentucky University


Louisiana State University
Our Lady of Holy Cross
Southeastern Louisiana University
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of New Orleans

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Bridgewater State College


Loyola University Maryland-Timonium


University of Southern Maine


Andrews University
Eastern Michigan University
Michigan State University
Oakland University
University of Detroit Mercy
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University


Capella University
Minnesota State University Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
St. Cloud State University
Winona State University


Southeast Missouri State University
University of Central Missouri
University of Missouri – St. Louis


Delta State University
Jackson State University
Mississippi College
Mississippi State University
University of Mississippi


Montana State University

University of Montana

North Carolina

Appalachian State University
Gardner-Webb University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Wake Forest University
Western Carolina University

North Dakota

North Dakota State University


University of Nebraska at Omaha

New Hampshire

Plymouth State University

New Jersey

Caldwell College
College of New Jersey
Kean University
Monmouth University
Montclair State University
Rider University
Rowan University
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
William Paterson University

New Mexico

University of New Mexico


University of Nevada Las Vegas
NV University of Nevada, Reno

New York

Brooklyn College CUNY
Canisius College
Hunter College CUNY
Lehman College (CUNY)
Long Island University C.W. Post Campus
St. Bonaventure University
St. John’s University
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Syracuse University
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
University of Rochester


Bowling Green State University
Cleveland State University
Heidelberg University
John Carroll University
Kent State University
Malone University
Ohio University
University of Akron
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
University of Toledo
Walsh University
Wright State University
Xavier University
Youngstown State University


Oklahoma State University


Oregon State University
Portland State University


California University of Pennsylvania
Duquesne University
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Geneva College
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Marywood University
Pennsylvania State University
Shippensburg University
Slippery Rock University
University of Scranton
West Chester University

Rhode Island: none

South Carolina

Clemson University
South Carolina State University
The Citadel
University of South Carolina
Winthrop University School

South Dakota

South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota


East Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University
University of Memphis
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Vanderbilt University


Stephen F. Austin State University
Texas A & M University – Commerce
Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi
Texas State University – San Marcos
Texas Tech University
Texas Woman’s University
University of Houston Victoria
University of North Texas
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas Brownsville

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Utah: none


College of William and Mary
James Madison University
Lynchburg College
Marymount University
Old Dominion University
Radford University
Regent University
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University


University of Vermont


Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
Gonzaga University
Seattle University
Western Washington University


University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin, Stout
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

West Virgina

West Virginia University


University of Wyoming


If you’ve made it this far, you have just seen all of the CACREP accredited master’s degree school counseling programs in the United States including online programs. This list was created in April of 2012. Accreditation can expire and not be renewed, so please verify with the school before you apply if you want CACREP.


School Counselor as a Career Series Part 1: What is a Counselor?


So what is a counselor? According to CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, counselors provide “a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals”. Counselors usually complete a master’s degree program in a specific area of counseling. For example, school, career, rehabilitation, or mental health counseling.

A lawyer or a credit counselor is not a “counselor”. A lawyer “counsels” her clients about legal information, which is why some people call a lawyer “counselor”. Many careers that are not related to mental health use the word counselor as a way to describe a relationship between the client and the employee. For example, a credit counselor “counsels” you on your credit.

Graduating from a counseling program does not automatically license you as a counselor. For example, I am a licensed school counselor. I am eligible for an LAPC (licensed associate professional counselor) license but I must complete supervision hours to be licensed.

Counseling is a helping professional.


Capella University Review: Accredited Online Counseling Programs


Your Guide to Capella University

Founded in 1993 by Dr. Harold Abel and Stephen Shank, Capella University is an accredited university that caters to adult learners in the United States. The university’s online and classroom courses aim to provide the best bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs for adults so that they may pursue better professional opportunities in the future. The university’s undergraduate and graduate degrees, which also include†online counseling programs, range from the following departments: business and technology, counseling and psychology, health care and nursing, and public service.

The undergraduate programs under Business and Information Technology include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, General Information Technology, Human Resource Management, Health Information Technology, just to name a few. Doctorate degrees offered by the Psychology program, which fall under online counseling programs, include a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology, General Psychology, Educational Psychology, and General Social Work. The degrees in General Psychology and Educational Psychology can equip you with the right credentials to become a school counselor. If you graduated with a degree in psychology or education, the units earned will not just give you a higher chance to work in schools but also equip you with the necessary to do a credible job.

If you have yet to earn a Master’s Degree, Capella also offers a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, General Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, and General School Counseling. You don’t have to give up your day job to finish any of these doctorate degrees. Capella University’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission makes it a credible institution for earning the classes through its online media. The American Counseling Association’s Council has also accredited its School Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs, and Mental Health Counseling.

All these are accredited online counseling programs, saving you the trouble of giving up your day job. The degrees only require you to attend a two six-day residential colloquia along with your online courses. You can easily time the colloquia with the demands of your job and balance the rest of the classes with your daily schedule. Stay at home and working mothers will have no problems either attending the required online and offline courses.

Once you have finished the master’s degree online, you can start applying for counseling jobs in a private or public K-12 school or in an educational corporation like a private boarding school. Some of the job positions you can look into are guidance counselor, high school counselor, elementary school counselor, student life counselor, or school counseling coordinator. Even the Masters degrees in the different areas of psychology can equip you with the right means and skills by studying under the University’s†online counseling programs.

You can see the different programs offered at Capella University and other institutes here. From there you can decide if your educational needs will be met by its online counseling programs. This website caters to the specific needs of those who can only learn from the convenience of their homes but are still after an online degree from a credible college. Capella University is among the top universities for this kind of education, having achieved several accreditations from reputable boards and educational institutions. It’s all a matter of picking the best program for your intended career path and making the time for the required courses.