M.Ed. School Counseling

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Why get your master's degree in school counseling at JBU?

With a master's degree in school counseling, you can make an impact in the lives of students and help guide them through a pivotal time. At JBU, you'll receive one-on-one support and feedback from professors and will gain practical experience through an internship with JBU's local school connections.

Use your degree

87% of JBU graduate students landed within 6 months of graduation, according to a survey conducted by the JBU Career Development Department for 2019-2020 graduates.*

*landed: employed, grad school, volunteer, or military

Develop interpersonal skills

The duties of a school counselor are varied, so you'll develop a variety of communication, leadership and organizational skills. 

Land an internship

JBU's school counseling program will help you land an internship, a crucial step for your education. 

What to expect as a school counseling graduate student at JBU


Study school counseling

This program prepares you for school counseling and guidance counselor positions in elementary and secondary schools. Graduates with a passing score on the PRAXIS exam will be licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education.


Play therapy emphasis

Students in this program can choose to emphasize Play Therapy, which uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques to better assist children to communicate their thoughts and feelings.


Program length & format

The M.Ed. in School Counseling is 48 credit hours. The time to completion depends on whether a student pursues this degree part-time or full-time.

While there are some synchronous online course options, the majority of this program's courses will need to be attended in person at JBU's main campus Siloam Springs, AR.

Featured Faculty

Dr. Judy Winslett | Assistant Professor of School Counseling

Dr. Judy Winslett is licensed in both Arkansas and Oklahoma as a teacher, school counselor, building administrator and district administrator and has worked in the public school systems for 23 years. She received her B.A. from Northeastern State University, M.S. from John Brown University, and Ed.D and Ed.S. from Harding University. She began teaching for JBU as an adjunct in 2013 and joined the university as a full-time faculty member in 2017. At the district level, Dr. Winslett served as federal programs coordinator and assistant superintendent. She has also served on regional and state-level committees working to provide enhanced opportunities for secondary students.


Next steps

Choosing a graduate program is a big deal, and our staff and faculty are committed to making this process easy for you.


Our admissions team is here to navigate the application process, so you have all the information to be confident in your decision.

Financial aid

You deserve a transparent, helpful financial aid experience. We'll work with you to ensure you're taking advantage of all of your financial aid opportunities.

Start classes

Most JBU graduate classes happen in 8-week blocks (counseling and education have some 16-week classes). Online and face-to-face class options provide flexibility for your busy schedule. Talk to an admissions counselor for more details on classes in your program.