Counselor Education (School Counseling)


Degrees Offered


Thank you for your interest in the Master of Education degree program in School Counseling at Clemson University. This CACREP-accredited program is dedicated to preparing school counselors who possess the skills and dispositions to work effectively with diverse populations, to engage in data-driven practices, and to be leaders and advocates in their schools. Students completing the M.Ed. degree program in School Counseling will demonstrate an ability to effectively work with students, teachers, administrators, parents and other members of the community. The growing Upstate South Carolina area affords opportunities for students to gain experience with a wide variety of schools and demographics.

Students may complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. The full-time program can be completed in two years, including one summer. All students must complete the program in six years. Courses are taught in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, at 4:30 or later. Approximately half of the courses are taught at Clemson University and the other half at the University Center in Greenville during each semester. All of the school counseling-specific courses (6 courses) are only taught in Greenville. Full-time students will need to travel back and forth to both locations, and carpooling is encouraged. Most students tend to live in Clemson or Greenville. Typically the program does not offer online classes.

Students completing Clemson’s program in school counseling are eligible for certification in South Carolina as elementary school counselors, secondary school counselors, or both. Students moving to other states usually have little difficulty pursuing certification, as our program requirements are comparable to requirements in most states. Furthermore, through careful selection of elective courses during their program, students can complete all coursework necessary to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in South Carolina after graduation.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The MEd/EdS degree program in school counseling requires 60 credit hours that are designed to be developmental in nature, and appropriate course sequencing is vital to ensure proper counseling skill development. If you already have a master’s degree in counseling, you would be eligible to pursue our 30 credit EdS degree program in counselor education. Students are required to meet with their assigned adviser before enrolling in any course.

In addition to the coursework and field experience requirements, during their final year in the program students must successfully complete a written final examination and receive a passing score on the PRAXIS II Exam in Professional School Counseling.

Through the two field experiences courses (i.e., practicum and internship) listed above, students must complete a minimum of 700 hours working with school counselors in K-12 settings. The faculty encourages (but does not require) students to complete their field experiences in different building levels to increase their understanding of K-12 school counseling programs. The faculty require students to complete at least one of their field experiences in a diverse school. The Upstate South Carolina area boasts very diverse schools (e.g., ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status), and the faculty are committed to helping students gain experience with populations that will help facilitate their readiness to work effectively with a variety of students and families.

Practicum involves students completing 100 hours in a school. This equates to approximately one day a week, or two half-days a week, for an entire semester. Students must arrange their work schedules to allow for at least half-days at their sites and must be at their sites throughout the course of an entire semester. The purpose of practicum is to learn about the school setting and to begin developing skills in individual and group counseling as well as classroom guidance. Of the 100 hours, students must accumulate 40 by providing direct services to students (i.e., individual or group counseling, or classroom guidance). 

Internship involves students completing 600 hours in a school. The purpose of internship is to further develop skills in individual and group counseling and classroom guidance as well as to practice consultation skills by actively working with teachers and parents. Students are placed in K-12 schools and they can choose the building levels they would like. Internship is to be completed over the course of two semesters, so students will register for two separate six-credit classes of EDC 8410 during back-to-back semesters. During each six-credit class, students are required to accumulate 300 hours at their sites, with a minimum of 120 direct hours per semester. This 300 hours equates to approximately two and a half days a week, or five half-days a week, for an entire semester. Students must arrange their work schedules to allow for at least half-days at their sites (i.e., it is not acceptable for hours to be accumulated in a piecemeal manner, with an hour or two here and there) and must be at their sites throughout the course of an entire semester.

It is not possible for individuals to be employed full-time in a school setting in a position other than school guidance counselor (e.g., teacher, school-based mental health counselor) during internship and successfully complete their internship requirements.


Application Information

Applicants for the M.Ed. School Counseling program are only reviewed once a year for consideration for admission into the program. Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, students admitted into the school counseling program will start classes during the second summer session (see academic calendar).

Applicants for the EdS School Counseling program are reviewed for consideration for a summer and fall semester start. 

The application deadline is January 15th – and by this date ALL application materials (see required documents below) must be submitted. Application files that are complete by  January 15th will be screened, and individuals who pass the initial screening will be invited to a group interview, usually held the last Saturday in February. Final decisions will be made after interviews are finished, typically near the beginning of March.

Required Documents


Please see the Financial Aid website for up to date information regarding tuition and fees. Contact the Financial Aid Office for information about options. Some assistantships are available each year through our department and other locations on campus. Assistantships are available to full-time students (enrolled in at least nine credit hours per semester) and typically require a 20-hour per week work commitment. The work assignments will vary as well as a monthly stipend. Funding for these positions usually does not become finalized until the summer months, so it is difficult to know how many opportunities might be available until the summer. Applicants interested in assistantships should discuss this with the School Counseling Program.


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