School Counseling

About the Program: Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling

The Post-Master’s degree certificate educates students and prepares them for a career in guidance counseling/counselor. Upon degree completion, they will be prepared for certification exams. The program trains students with a Christian counseling perspective.


If you are considering school counseling graduate programs in Indianapolis, you owe it to yourself to check out Indiana Wesleyan University’s 48-credit-hour Master of Arts in School Counseling adult education program.

Those who complete the program will learn to link counseling know-how to Christ-like service through the integration of Christian principles. Candidates are trained to be servant-leaders in the school setting. They are prepared to help pre-kindergarten through high school students succeed in school and in life as they counsel these students and collaborate with families, staff, and the community.

Statistics involving crises of children are alarming, as abuse, neglect, divorce, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and other issues interfere with students' stability. Professional School Counselors (PSC) are becoming more essential as schools are challenged to meet the academic, social, and safety needs of their students. The lives and futures of these students will be more promising with concern, encouragement, and direction offered by caring Professional School Counselors who are trained at Indiana Wesleyan University.

IWU's Graduate School Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), 1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-535-5990 and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This dual accreditation shows the validity and strength of the program. Graduates will be recommended for licensure and will complete the Indiana School Counseling Exam to receive their license.

As of fall 2013, courses are now offered in a "Hybrid" format (combination of online and onsite coursework). The hybrid program follows the same curriculum, with the same courses as the original graduate program (, except classes are online via Pearson Learning Studio, with two courses requiring a weekend Intensive in Indianapolis, and Practicum (CNS 550) is in a school rather than a mental health clinic.

The 48-credit-hour program includes nine (9) core counseling classes, three (3) School Counseling specialization classes, three (3) elective hours, and the completion of one (1) practicum and two (2) semesters of internship/practicum experience. Full-time students can finish their coursework in five (5) semesters, and most part-time students finish in as few as three (3) years. Individual courses pertaining to child and adolescent development and counseling (CNS527) may be taken by students who are seeking clarification of school counseling.

Students with a graduate degree in a closely related field may pursue a Post-Master's degree certificate. This will award candidates a certificate rather than a degree, which will qualify them to sit for the licensure exam and to receive an Indiana State School Counseling License.

Why wait?

Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christian university that offers Christian counseling degree completion programs in Indianapolis.

Go beyond your Bachelor's degree and earn your Master’s in School Counseling in Indiana. Call us at 866-468-6498 for more information.

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