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School Counseling

School Counseling Curriculum

The School Counseling program is a 48-credit-hour program operating on a three-year cycle. Learn more about the curriculum and licensure requirements below.


Note: With the exceptions of Practicum (ED 712) and Internship (ED 722), courses are offered only once a year

First Year


ED 553: Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling
ED 575: Human Development over the Lifespan


ED 572: Fundamental Counseling Theory and Techniques
ED 630: Valuing Diversity and Similarity

Second Year


ED 672: Advanced Counseling Theory and Technique (Prerequisite: ED 572)


ED 673: Research for School Counselors

Fall or Spring

ED 671: Administration of Counseling and Guidance Services
ED 712: Practicum in Counseling (Prerequisites: all other course requirements and permission of instructor)
ED 501: Assisting Grieving Children and Families (Requirements for ED 712 include group facilitation for Brooke's Place for Grieving Young People which has a bi-monthly program night. Upon completion of six months of bi-monthly group facilitation, Butler School Counseling students will receive a certificate recognizing their specialized training and supervision in grief and loss issues of children.)

Third Year


ED 722: Internship in Counseling—Phase I (Prerequisites: Counseling practicum and permission of instructor. Repeatable.)


ED 722: Internship in Counseling—Phase II (Prerequisites: Counseling practicum and permission of instructor. Repeatable.)

Summer Classes

Butler offers one seven-week session mid-May to late June and a second session late-June to the end of July. Summer classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:00 PM or 7:00 PM. 

ED 547: Appraisal: Theory and Technique
ED 571: Career and Life Planning
ED 577: Group Procedures
ED 676: Consultation in Counseling


This program requires three credit hours of approved electives. A supplemental schedule of one-credit-hour workshops is available at the start of each semester. Please note that you are required to enroll for at least six credit hours to defer student loans, so you may want to schedule your electives accordingly.


Fast-Track Option

The fast-track option is designed to assist students wishing to complete their program in less than three years. This option:

  • is limited to 10 members of each 24-member cohort and may reduce the length of the three-year program by one or more semesters
  • involves taking a full 12-hour (four course) load in the summer after the first year and nine hours (including internship) in the second semester of the second year
  • is particularly suited for students who are not employed full time

Those who are employed full time will find this option challenging and, most likely, stressful. Students interested in this program need to consult with their advisor and declare their intention to select this option during their first semester in the program.

CPR, Heimlich, AED, Suicide Prevention Requirement

Applicants who receive an ‘initial’ Indiana counselor’s license must have successfully completed training in:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that includes a test demonstration on a mannequin.
  • AED
  • Removing a foreign body causing an obstruction in an airway and Heimlich
  • Suicide awareness/prevention

A copy of your CPR/Heimlich/AED certification and a certificate verifying your successful completion of a suicide awareness/prevention module are required for original licensure.

Please be sure to visit an approved provider.

Indiana Licensure

In order to obtain Butler University's institutional recommendation for the Indiana Professional Standards Board initial practitioner license as a School Counselor, one must complete the 48-hour Master of Science in School Counseling program, as well as meet other exit requirements.

Note: Neither teaching experience nor a teaching license is a requirement for obtaining a school counselor license in the State of Indiana.

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