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Professional School Counseling Endorsement

Grand View University's Professional School Counseling Endorsement is intended to allow master's level teachers and master's level graduates from related programs (counseling, social work) in Iowa to receive their school counseling endorsement without enrolling in a new master's program in school counseling.
Applicants with a bachelor's degree are able to apply but must have a master's completed at the time of licensure.
This pathway will allow students to meet Iowa's school counseling educational requirement. Graduates can advise and assist students and provide educational and vocational guidance services.
Teachers that are already licensed in the state of Iowa may need only 36 credits to complete this endorsement. Teachers can begin working as a professional school counselor as early as one year after beginning the endorsement, and can complete their last year of internship as a professional school counselor with a Class G license. Teachers are encouraged to include copy of their teacher's license when applying to Grand View.

Why Grand View?

GVU is a small university that focuses on student learning. One of the big advantages of being a small university is the 1-on-1 professional relationships that professors and students can build.

Did You Know?

Between 2022 and 2032, there is anticipated to be an increase of approximately 27,000 job openings for school counselors nationwide. This growth is expected to be at a rate ranging from 5% to 8%, which is faster than the average job growth rate. Specifically in the state of Iowa, there is a projected growth of 14%, resulting in around 350 job openings between 2020 and 2030, based on current employment trends.

 Degree Checklist
CMGR 500 Professional Counseling Orientation
CMGR 505 Professional Ethics
CMGR 510 Career Counseling
CMGR 515 Applied Microskills
CMGR 520, EDUC 280, or EDGR 521 Multiculturalism in Counseling or Social Issues in Education; or Culturally Responsive Educational Leadership
CMGR 535 or EDUC 146 Human Growth & Development or Psychology and Development for Educators
CMGR 537 Counseling Theories
CMGR 545 Assessment & Appraisal
SCGR 523 Introduction to Gifted and Exceptional Learning or Pedagogies of the Exceptional Learner
SCGR 548 or EDUC 342/501 Introduction to Gifted and Exceptional Learning or Pedagogies of the Exceptional Learner
CMGR 555 Group Counseling
SCGR 523 Foundations of School Counseling
SCGR 563, or EDUC 341, or EDUC 442, and EDUC 243 School Culture and Classroom Management for School Counselors or Secondary Methods and Classroom Management or Elementary Classroom Management, and Instructional Planning and Assessment
SCGR 568 Program Leadership and Management
SCGR 538 or EDUC 146 College and Career Readiness or Psychology and Development for Educators
SCGR 594 School Counseling Practicum
SCGR 596 School Counseling Internship 1
SCGR 597 School Counseling Internship 2
Admission Requirements
  • Required transcripts from graduate and/or undergraduate institution (applicants with bachelor's degree - submit undergraduate transcript; applicants with master's degree - submit both undergraduate and graduate transcripts)

  • Validated minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (students below 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance) 

Teachers are encouraged to submit a copy of their teaching license.

This Program Will

  • Deliver a high-quality education that meets the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners requirements by enhancing knowledge of counseling and counseling concepts.
  • Provide practicum and internship experiences that prepare students to become professional counselors to meet the demands of their students and apply their knowledge and skills in an unpredictable society.
  • Provide education to train counselors to uphold ethical standards in their practice and community.
  • Develop practitioners who will become lifelong learners by providing a curriculum that educates about the research process, proper use of assessment, and the importance of continuous objective re-evaluation.

Did you Know?

  • In 2021, there were an estimated 336,00 school counselor jobs within the United States, with around 32,000 openings (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022).
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022), the career outlook for school counselors is 10% job growth from 2021 to 2031, which is faster than average.
  • "School counselors can work in public and private schools. Career counselors and advisors are employed primarily in colleges and universities but also in career centers and private practice" (BLS, 2022).