M.Ed. On Campus

School Counseling

James Madison University

24 months
1184 USD/credit 31968 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 31968 USD/year
466 USD/credit 12582 USD/year
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The School Counseling program of James Madison University is a learning community of faculty, staff and students who vary in abilities, age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion and sexual orientation.  


About this Degree

Coming together from a variety of geographic areas, we share a common vision of achieving the vitally important mission of training students to become successful school counselors.

The School Counseling program James Madison University prepares students to be school counselors in elementary, middle or secondary school settings. Program graduates enter the field with the knowledge and competencies essential to provide quality developmental school counseling services.

Our alumni are dedicated to providing competent, caring and ethical services to diverse students in public and private schools. Putting our principles of school counseling into practice, we strive to create an academic community in which our students can thrive personally and grow professionally. While many of our graduates play vital roles in schools along Virginia's Shenandoah Valley or West Virginia, many have moved to serve in rural, suburban and urban schools throughout the mid-Atlantic region and across the nation. We invite our students to embark on a life-long journey of exploring new possibilities, refining their skills and staying fresh throughout their careers. We encourage them to support one another in the formidable task of making a difference in students' lives by meeting their emotional, social, educational and career development needs as licensed or certified school counselors. Finally, we challenge our graduates to advance the school counseling profession through service, research, innovation, advocacy and training.

The Master of Education degree in school counseling is in compliance with the Virginia State Board of Education licensure regulations for school counselors. The school counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, an affiliate of the American Counseling Association. A comprehensive examination including oral, written and applied components is required prior to internship.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Assessment Procedures in Counseling 
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology 
  • School Counseling 
  • Prevention and Intervention in Schools 
  • Issues and Trends in K-12 Education 
  • Counseling Theories 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


54 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE General Test

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31968 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    31968 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12582 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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