School Counseling Program

The Professional Counseling Program's faculty at The University of Northern Colorado is committed to the profession of school counseling. Thus, we actively recruit individuals who have the potential to become excellent school counselors. We are pleased to provide answers to typical questions prospective school counselors-in-training ask.

Why School Counseling?

The purpose of the school counseling program is to enhance and promote the learning process. The goal is to enable ALL students to achieve success in school and to develop into contributing members of society.

School counseling programs ensure academic achievement for ALL children. Professional school counselors provide support through:

  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Classroom guidance curriculum
  • Consultation with parents, teachers, and activities administrators
  • Collaboration with other helping professionals
  • Advocacy

If I Were a School Counselor, What Would I Do?

School counselors’ roles and responsibilities are diverse and comprehensive. As prevention specialists school counselors coordinate intentional, sequential, and accountable programs. They facilitate skill-building activities in classrooms and respond to students’ immediate needs through individual and group counseling.

As vital members of the school community, school counselors work with teachers and building principals to create positive school environments that are most conducive to effective and efficient learning. School counselors also assist students and parents as they make educational and career decisions.

What Career Options Are Available to Graduates of the UNC School Counseling Program?

Graduates from University of Northern Colorado’s School Counseling Program are qualified to accept counseling positions in elementary, middle, and high schools. Because our program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), graduates are eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

Comments from Alums and Graduating Students

"The program was excellent! The professors truly are invested in the profession of school counseling. My graduate program—classes, internship, and practicum thoroughly prepared me for my job. I am so happy to have chosen UNC as a place to get my master’s degree. I would highly recommend UNC to any future aspiring counselors."

"There are so many strengths! The actual counseling piece is great as well as the school counseling portfolio and focus on National Model."

"Faculty are up-to-date on current trends. Faculty who are available and helpful, high expectations for internship."

"The professors are caring and involved."

What are the program requirements?

How Can You Obtain More Information?

For information about your application please contact Roberta Ochsner via phone at (970) 351-2731 or via email.