Our School Counseling program has established a tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and service. The program was nationally ranked 10th in 2017 by US News and World Report.

It is the first school counseling program in the nation to provide an additional programmatic emphasis on counseling gifted students. In 2007 the program won a regional award for “most innovative counselor education program” (North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision). We are committed to providing students with training experiences that celebrate diversity and increased multicultural sensitivity in counseling practice and comprehensive program design.

The University of Iowa School Counseling program recognizes that school counselors work with students in a variety of ways including: individual and small group counseling, classroom guidance, educational/career planning, and as consultants to teachers, parents, families and other professionals. Students in the school counseling program experience a variety of educational opportunities to learn and practice skills in these areas.

The mission of the school counseling program is to enhance the academic, career, social and personal development of all children and adolescents in schools by preparing students with counseling, consulting and coordinating skills, generating knowledge about effective helping strategies and interventions, and leading the profession within the state and the nation.

The M.A. program in School Counseling prepares candidates to be school counselors that can provide:

  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Classroom guidance
  • Educational and career planning
  • Consultation to teachers, parents, families, and other professionals

The School Counseling M.A. program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as meeting national standards for counselor preparation programs and by the State of Iowa as an approved program leading to K-8 and 5-12 school counselor licensure in Iowa. The University of Iowa School Counseling program prepares students to provide individual and small group counseling, classroom guidance, and consulting services to teachers, parents, families and other professionals.

Note: Students who enter without teaching licensure are required to take additional coursework to meet school counselor licensure standards. Graduates are eligible for K-12 school counselor licensure in Iowa.

Application Deadline

  • February 1 – priority deadline (Summer or Fall semester)

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Graduate GPA or 3.0 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Interview with faculty. The school counseling faculty will be interviewing selected applicants on Friday March 2, 2018, for summer and fall admission.
  • Students may be required to complete a national background check prior to clinical placement to ensure eligibility for working with children and adolescents in schools (For more information from Iowa Code 282--25.3).

No one criterion is used in selecting candidates. All interested persons are encouraged to apply. In reviewing applications, the faculty considers the relevant qualifications of candidates across all required areas.

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts of all previous college work, graduate and undergraduate.
  • Official report of GRE scores (UI Institutional code: 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • A statement of purpose, including a statement of your personal career objectives and successful experiences working with children and/or adolescents
  • Documentation of successful experiences with school age children and/or adolescents including a minimum of 1 year post bachelor's degree teaching or school related experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Contacts

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Additional Information

  • The number of applicants admitted is limited based upon the standards set forth by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling Related Education Programs (CACREP).
  • Students may be required to complete a national background check prior to clinical placement to ensure eligibility for working with children and adolescents in schools (For more information from Iowa Code 282--25.3).

Admissions Selection Process

The admissions selection process is conducted in three phases.

Phase I - Applicant files are reviewed independently by the school counseling faculty. Faculty are considering GPA, GRE, and overall file during this first phase. Applicants who meet these requirements are progressed to Phase II of the admissions process.

Phase II - Applicant files in this phase are rated based upon their personal statements, documented success with school age children and letters of recommendations. The school counseling faculty seriously consider these interpersonal indicators in the admissions process to be important for individuals entering a career in professional school counseling. Successful applicants at this stage proceed to Phase III.

Phase III - Applicants who progress to this phase are invited to campus for interviews. This process is typically a 1/2 day meeting with school counseling faculty. Interviews will be set be conducted upon the completion of the admission materials. Faculty, current school counseling and counselor education students may be involved in these interviews.The school counseling faculty will be interviewing selected applicants on Friday March 2, 2018.

If an applicant is denied admission, the applicant may wish to schedule an appointment with the coordinator of the school counseling program to discuss their applicant file and future career objectives. Any applicant who is denied admission may reapply at the next admissions cycle.


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Application Deadlines

February 1 – priority deadline (Summer or Fall semester)

Application Questions