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Department of Counseling

School Counseling

Mental Health Belongs in the Classroom. Guide the Next Generation.

School can be challenging at every age and grade level. Students are there to learn, but sometimes life interferes. School counselors help children and teens face academic and emotional challenges. As part of Bowie State’s advanced program, you’ll learn how to lead students in a positive direction. We’re the only School Counseling program in the University System of Maryland accredited by the Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP). Our standards are high. If you rise to meet them, you’ll find opportunities around every corner.

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At Bowie State, you’ll learn what it means to be a professional school counselor in any K-12 setting. Our program teaches you how to:

  • Solve academic, social, and emotional challenges in the classroom
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a Comprehensive School Counseling program that meets national standards
  • Identify real-life problems students face and learn how to meet their needs
  • Cultivate new leadership skills
  • Design presentations and research projects that make an impact on students

There’s also an opportunity to expand your mental health knowledge and career options. BSU offers four additional classes that allow you to become a licensed professional counselor. This certification means you can work in any mental health setting. Many of our graduates are offered full time positions before they walk off campus.


The Bowie State Advantage

  • CACREP accreditation opens doors to additional job opportunities and allows you to apply directly to doctoral programs after graduation
  • Small classes provide one-on-one learning and encourage individual development
  • Individual attention both in and outside of the classroom
  • A chance to collaborate with other students and network with faculty as a member of BSU’s chapter of the Maryland School Counselor Association


Student Snapshot: Iyana Downie

BSU Program: School Counseling

Current Job: Registered Behavior Technician

Favorite Part of the Program: The program courses are diverse but also interconnected. I enjoy the professional and academic support I receive from each of my professors. I also love collaborating with my peers and hearing their awesome ideas and experiences.

What Attracted You to Bowie State University: I immediately felt at home. Every faculty member and student I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with has shown me the utmost hospitality and kindness. I wanted to be on a campus where I was comfortable in my own skin. I wanted to be part of a campus where I could relate and have similar experiences with my classmates and colleagues.

One Thing You Learned at BSU That Made a Difference: Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s an important topic for me because I believe everyone should have an opportunity for their voice to be heard. As the President-Elect of BSU-MSCA, I learned when we place ourselves in leadership positions, the opportunities and positive experiences we gain and offer to others is limitless. Being a school counselor and a leader go together.

Advice for Prospective Students: Get involved as much as possible. Joining an organization, volunteering for an event, being part of an organization’s executive board are some ways people can get involved. It is also very important to network with not only your peers, but your professors and department faculty as well. I also advise prospective students to take every class seriously, the skills and knowledge presented in each course is essential to your job as a school counselor.


I’m constantly receiving great feedback from school administrators comparing our graduates to seasoned school counselors. Not only are they prepared to meet challenges, but they also excel in every way.

- Dr. Cynthia Taylor, Program Coordinator