Nationally recognized by The Education Trust as a “Transforming School Counseling” Program, the school counseling program is designed to prepare you for licensure as a school counselor at all grade levels. The mission of the master’s program in school counseling at Ball State University is to prepare professional school counselors to be change agents preK-12 schools. The program will help students develop a professional identity as a school counselor with particular focus on social justice and equity in schools.  Students are exposed to a range of theoretical perspectives and also challenged to view students as embedded in a complex system which inevitably shapes their everyday lives. Intensive, supervised practica and internships are required, providing real-life work experience in the application of prevention, intervention, and evaluation techniques in preK-12 schools.

For help determining if a career in school counseling might be right for you, visit these pages on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) website.

The school counseling program is structured to educate students in accordance with the Indiana school counseling licensure requirements as well as standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Counseling Program/Student Outcomes

The school counseling program is structured to educate students in accordance with the Indiana school counseling licensure requirements as well as standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The specific training goals for students pursuing master’s degrees in school counseling are as follows:

  • Apply American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Model to facilitate student development in terms of academic, career, and personal/social development.
  • Implement a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhance student academic, career, and personal/social development
  • Know how the multiple roles and functions of professional school counselors relate to missions of schools.
  • Appreciate ethical and legal challenges that school counselors commonly confront in schools within their local communities.
  • Intervene with culturally and economically diverse students in one-to-one meetings, and in group/classroom settings on educational, career, social, emotional, or personal factors affecting academic achievement and social integration.
  • Develop clinical skills for competently addressing multiple challenges in which students in schools are facing according to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, ability status, nationality and sexual orientation.
  • Assess influences of multiple factors affecting the personal, social, career, and academic functioning of students within cultural contexts.
  • Conduct, evaluate, and design school counseling outcomes research using data-driven program evaluation models to inform school system decision-making and accountability. 
  • Understand how School Counseling graduate programs can enhance academic missions of schools.
  • Apply principles, strategies, programs, and practices necessary for closing the achievement and opportunity gaps and enhancing college/career readiness for all students.
  • Build collaborative partnerships with parents, agencies, and community stakeholders for promoting access, equity, and social justice in schools.
  • Consult with other professionals and administrators about how best to address developmental needs of culturally and economically diverse students.
  • Acquire leadership and advocacy skills for removing barriers that impede student learning and academic success in schools and within their local communities.

In order to meet these objectives, students are expected to demonstrate competence in 8 common core areas and 3 school counseling specialty areas outlined in the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). They include:

Common Core Areas:

  1. Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity
  3. Human Growth and Development
  4. Career Development
  5. Counseling and Helping Relationships
  6. Group Counseling and Group Work
  7. Assessment and Testing
  8. Research and Program Evaluation

School Counseling Specialty Areas:

  1. Foundations
  2. Contextual Dimensions
  3. Practice

The program is designed to foster student growth and development in each of these areas through coursework and over 800 hours of field-based experiences in practicum and internship. Further, the coursework and field experiences are guided by the ASCA National Model which provides the framework for comprehensive, data-driven school counseling programs in prek-12 schools.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the school counseling program, please contact the Director of School Counseling.

How to Apply

Admission to the select MA programs in school counseling is a two-step process consisting of a preliminary screening by the Graduate School and a final review by the School Counseling Core Committee in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Applicants must meet the requirements set forth by the Graduate School. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate strong leadership potential, passion for working with children and adolescents, and commitment to multiculturalism.

International Candidates

Applicants from other countries and applicants who live in the United States but are not American citizens must be admitted by the Rinker Center for International Programs, not the Graduate School, before they are eligible for admission to the department. International students must meet all of the university’s admission requirements for foreign students. Contact the Rinker Center for International Programs at (765) 285- 5422 for an application ( Applicants must complete all application materials required by both the department and the center, and mail all materials directly to the Rinker Center for International Programs. Applicants should allow sufficient time (2 months) for the International Center to process the application and determine eligibility for admission before the program deadlines.

Steps for Applying to the School Counseling Program:

Step One

Apply to the Graduate School. You will find detailed instructions on how to apply on the Graduate School website. Don't forget to send them your transcripts from ALL universities attended.

Official scores of the GRE General Test should also be sent directly to Ball State University. If you use the code for Ball State (1051) the results will go to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will forward a copy to the department. Please note, the psychology subject test is not required.

Plan to complete step one at least 2 weeks in advance of the department deadlines to allow processing.

Step Two

Apply to the Department of Educational Psychology for the graduate programs in school counseling by completing the below program application packet. Department application packets must be received by the application deadline.

You can download the application packet.

Email (preferred) your completed application packet to Linda Jones, Graduate Admissions Specialists.
or mail your completed application to:

Graduate Admissions Specialist
Department of Educational Psychology
Ball State University
Teachers College 505
Muncie, IN 47306