Butler University has been preparing professional school counselors for more than five decades and program graduates are employed in almost every district in the greater Indianapolis area as well as throughout the state and country. Faculty are active in the profession at the state and national level, which has led to a nationally known reputation. The program initially became CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited in 1998 and continues to meet national standards including those by the American School Counseling Association. The program is experiential and emphasizes a theory-to-practice learning environment. New clinical space with state-of-the-art technology enhances the supervision process and maximizes learning opportunities.
Butler University was recently named #8 of the "Top 25 Most Affordable, Accredited graduate Degree Programs in Counseling and Psychology in the Midwest 2014" by bestcounselingdegrees.net.
The master of science in School Counseling accepts 24 students to its CACREP accredited School Counseling program annually. The 48-credit-hour program is designed to be completed in three years, but there is a fast-track option, to reduce the length of the program by 1 or 2 semesters. As many as 10 students from each cohort may be accepted into the fast-track option.
The program had to meet rigorous criteria to become accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Our program has partnerships with a local non-profit organization to assist grieving children and a local, high-risk, inner-city school. Our counselor education faculty is committed to respecting diversity and similarity within ourselves, our graduate students, and the K-12 students our graduates are being prepared to serve. We encourage, promote, and respect diversity in the counselor education curriculum and in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of our graduate students and alumni.