You look around and you see a world in chaos at both a global and local level. You may not be able to create world peace or solve global hunger, but you are sure that you have the gift of compassion and can help make this a better world one person at a time. Palm Beach Atlantic University's Master of Science in School Counseling prepares you to serve the world at a higher level by pursuing state licensure to counsel clients in a professional setting. We offer guidance that focuses on biblical, historical, theoretical and practical studies. Combined with our thriving community connections, we help you develop skills in the field of counseling to reach your potential.
The School of Education & Behavioral Studies is well-known throughout Florida and as such, has established solid partnerships with school districts and other organizations for meaningful hands-on student teaching and clinical opportunities. Our Christ-centered approach to teaching and learning will deepen your outlook on your chosen profession and the impact you can have on others. And our innovative range of programs, from education to athletic training, results in a dynamic range of students learning together and collaborating daily.
Features of our distinguished education and behavioral studies programs:
Through coursework and clinical training, students majoring in School Counseling will:
Our program delivers specific benefits including:
International students should inquire about additional Master's in School Counseling admission requirements.
GRE/MAT is not required for students with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from a regionally accredited college or university. The requirement is waived for applicants with a previously earned master’s degree or those who have completed 15 or more graduate credits with transferable grades from a regionally accredited institution.
School Counseling major: Successful completion of the prescribed curriculum of 60 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of "B" or higher in COU 5133 - Counseling Skills and Characteristics, COU 5123 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards, and COU 5322 - Psychosocial Issues of Childhood and Adolescence, as well as practicum and internship courses; 700 hours of supervised practicum and internship under a supervisor approved by the program faculty; and an exit exam.
Note: In addition to the graduation requirements specific to each major, student performance is assessed throughout the program in key performance indicators, overall progress, and professional dispositions, as outlined in the Counselor Education Handbook.
Applicants will be notified in writing of the Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision within two weeks after completing the interview. To secure a spot in the program, accepted students must, no later than 30 days before classes begin, submit:
After successfully completing the program and passing the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Guidance and Counseling PK-12 certification exam, you will apply for a temporary certificate.
You will begin the process by applying for a Temporary Certificate, so that you may begin teaching full-time while you complete your remaining certification requirements. Your Statement of Status of Eligibility will provide you with specific and official information about your remaining requirements for the Professional Certificate.
The estimated tuition for the entire Master of Science in School Counseling program is $30,030. This includes tuition for 51 credit hours ($560/credit) and the Resource Fee ($220/semester). For specifics about the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program, please review the degree section in the student catalog.
Additional fees may apply.
Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Scholarships are available for qualified students ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 based on full-time status. In addition, Federal Work-study awards and student loans may also be available. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
After successfully completing the program and passing the Florida Department of Education Guidance and Counseling PK 12 certification exam, you will apply for a temporary certificate.
Graduates of Florida approved teacher preparation programs who have not passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Temporary Certificate. The Temporary Certificate is valid for three school years, which allows you time to complete the certification tests while teaching full time. The Bureau of Educator Certification will provide you with official information about which test(s) to take to complete requirements for the Professional Certificate.
These four steps lead to your initial Florida certificate:
Step 1: Completing Your Initial Application Package
Step 2: The Official Statement of Status of Eligibility
Step 3: Employment in a Florida Elementary or Secondary School
Step 4: Submitting Fingerprints for Certification