M.A. On Campus

School Counseling

Florida Gulf Coast University

24 months
1300 USD/credit 36400 USD/year
1300 USD/credit 36400 USD/year
373 USD/credit 10444 USD/year
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The M.A. in School Counseling at Florida Gulf Coast University IS designed for the continued professional development of persons presently serving or who have an interest in serving children and adolescents in a school setting as professional School Counselors.


Students in the School Counseling program offered by Florida Gulf Coast University take coursework in the areas of human development, legal and ethical issues of the profession, career development, appraisal methods, counseling theories, group work, practicum and research, and program evaluation. Additional specialized courses focusing on school counseling are offered in areas such as internship, special populations, consultation, and professional development.

Students who are not already certified teachers or taken educational preparation courses will be required to enroll in two additional courses and complete all subsections of the state FTCE exam to qualify for state certification. Students without prior training as teachers who wish to become certified school counseling professionals must complete additional courses in classroom management, curriculum and instruction, and reading.

The Counseling Department offers an opportunity to earn a single MA degree with both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling major and the School Counseling major. Students must meet initial admissions requirements of both programs to qualify for this option. Students may elect the dual major option at any time after admission to one of the programs and prior to graduation.

All applicants are advised that in order to complete the program, they must complete internships.

Counseling Criminal Record Policy Statement

All applicants are advised that in order to complete the program, they must complete internships. Most internship facilities do background checks and will not permit the placement of counselor interns with criminal records. The Department reserves the right to deny program admission to any applicant if it appears that applicant is unlikely to be able to complete the internship requirement due to a criminal record, thus inhibiting their ability to complete the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intro to School Counseling 
  • Appraisal Procedures 
  • Career Development 
  • Counselling Theory for School  
  • Advanced School Counsel Method 
  • Counseling Spec Population 
  • Human Development for School Counselor
  • Consultation and Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Group Work for School Professional

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


56 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
151 (verbal)
143 (quantitative)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • FGCU graduate application 
  • Official academic transcripts from every college or university attended 
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submission of three favorable recommendations from professionals in the field 
  • Statement of career goals (two-three pages) 
  • Evidence of Florida Teacher or Educator certification (if applicable) OR Passing score on FTCE subsections including: General Knowledge Test, Professional Educator Examination & Guidance and Counseling Subject Area exam (prior to graduation) 
  • Interview (by invitation)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1300 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    36400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1300 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10444 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 373 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Fort Myers Beach

900 - 1400 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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