Become a School Counselor

Careers in School Counseling

School counselors, also known as guidance counselors, address students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by developing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. School counselors work in elementary, middle, and high schools and in district supervisory positions.

How to Become a School Counselor in Oregon

There are three paths available at George Fox to move you toward an initial Oregon K-12 school counselor license:

The master’s degree program is generally two to four years in length with 57 semester hours of course work (63 for Track II students) required as a minimum for graduation. The Initial School Counseling Licensure Preparation Program is generally two years in length with 32 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. All classes are held at our Portland Center location.

Other graduate education programs are offered within the George Fox University School of Education.

Best Routes to Master of Arts in School Counseling

Become a school counselor through George Fox's school counseling graduate program.

Employment Outlook

Graduates of the program can expect favorable job prospects, according to U.S. News & World Report, which ranked school counseling No. 6 on its " Best Social Services Jobs" list. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026.

School Counselor Professional Identity

In a faculty lecture titled " Superheroes, School Counselors, Professional Identity, & Getting the Job Done,"  Dr. Lorraine DeKruyf, PhD, explores what happens when training and professional identity are at odds with job assignments – for superheroes and for school counselors – and offers suggestions as to what might be done.

Master of Arts in School Counseling

Program length 2 to 4 years
Semester hours 57 (63 for Track II students)
Cost per semester hour $734*
Tuition cost for entire program $41,838* ($46,242* for Track II students)
Accreditation CACREP; approved by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of the state of Oregon
Format In-person
Location Portland Center (near Tigard)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

CACREP Accredited

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs