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School Counseling Endorsement

The The School Counseling Endorsement program is designed for individuals with existing, approved master’s degrees in counseling looking to complete additional coursework to qualify for licensure in the State of Colorado as a school counselor. The program is embedded in the Master’s in Counseling program and reflects the program’s overall mission and philosophy, which focuses on training culturally competent counselors to work in a variety of settings while applying a systemic approach to helping clients.

The objectives of the School Counseling Endorsement program are to train those with existing master’s in counseling degrees to work effectively as school counselors using an approach based on the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model and principals of social of justice. The curriculum meets the requirements of CACREP and ASCA for the training of school counselors, and focuses on implementing school counseling programs in a culturally appropriate manner.

Program Structure

The program consists of 5 courses, totaling 18 credit hours, and may be earned in two years. Students must begin the program in the fall semester and complete the courses in the order listed below. Students will be provisionally enrolled in the endorsement program pending successful completion of the first class in the program, COUN 5815.


This program is open to those who:

·        Hold a Masters’ degree in Counseling with course work equivalent to the University of Colorado Denver’s 63 credit Counseling master’s program

·         Professional experience in the counseling field

Application Process

All applications must be submitted by March 15 to for the Fall semester.

Click here to download the application!

Program Format



Tuition is $373 per credit hour for in-state residents, plus student fees.

Related Degree Programs

MA Counseling, School Counseling Concentration
Student Services Certificate​​​

Courses Term Offered
COUN 5815: Introduction to School Counseling (3 credits)
This course emphasizes the unique and varied role of the school counselor and school counseling programs in diverse public schools. The course focus will be on learning the various skills necessary to meet the needs of school age students and others in the school community. In addition, the course will cover the ASCA model of comprehensive developmental school counseling activities, and focus on practical resources for counseling students in diverse school settings.
COUN 5425: Developing and Managing School Counseling Programs (3 credits)
The course is specifically designed to provide training for school counselors and related professionals to develop and implement a comprehensive counseling and guidance program, which incorporates the ASCA National Model.
COUN 6230: School Based Developmental Counseling and Prevention (3 credits)
This course offers the tools to provide developmental counseling services in the schools, including prevention through classroom counseling activities linked with the curriculum, and responsive services.
COUN 5915: Practicum in School Counseling (3 credits)
This class will provide students with 3 credits of fieldwork at a developmental level of their choice. The course will require students to work with a school counselor on activities that the counselor is assigned under supervision. Students will develop skills in needs assessment, developing classroom guidance activities and running the activities. They will sit in on IEP conferences, help conduct college fairs, administer career assessment inventories and standardized assessments, learn to place students in appropriate classes, and provide responsive counseling services on an as needed basis.
COUN 5930: Internship in Counseling (6 credits)
This course is a supervised internship of 600 clock hours. Students perform activities of a regularly employed professional in an approved community site.
Fall or Spring​

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