Become a School Counselor

How to Become a School Counselor in Oregon

Whether you see yourself working at the elementary, middle or high school level – or in a district supervisory position – George Fox’s school counseling program will equip you with the tools to succeed in your role of addressing students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs.

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We offer three available paths to move you toward an initial Oregon K-12 school counselor license:

Become a School Counselor

Program Details

Master’s Degree in School Counseling

The master’s degree program is generally two to four years in length with 60 semester hours of coursework (62 for Track II students) required as a minimum for graduation.

Masters in School Counseling

Certificate in School Counseling

The licensure-only Certificate in School Counseling is generally two years in length with 34 semester hours (this can shift depending on what you bring in) of coursework required as a minimum for graduation. All classes are held at our Portland Center location.

Certificate in School Counseling

Wondering how the program is organized? We offer this School Counseling Degree Guide document to help you plot your course.

Employment Outlook

Graduates of the program can expect favorable job prospects. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks school counseling among its "Best Social Services Jobs" list. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects strong employment possibilities for school counselors, with demand expected to increase 8 percent between 2019 and 2029, much faster than the average for all professions.


Sam Swan

Sam Swan

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Counseling Programs