Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education (PhD)

Degree Level



Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders


Kristi L. Perryman

Committee Member

Paul Blisard

Second Committee Member

Erin Kern Popejoy

Third Committee Member

Ed Bengtson


Independent Learning, Online Education, School Counseling


Online education is a growing part of academia. The number of online school-counseling programs is also increasing and beginning to include face-to-face and online programs. Little research describes online education and even less discusses online school-counseling programs. The purpose of this study was to examine and interpret participants’ experiences of being trained and graduating from a CACREP online school-counseling master’s program, as well as how their training prepared them for their current role as a school counselor. A qualitative inquiry was conducted to understand online school-counseling programs and reported how six professional school counselors perceived their online program with a Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs accreditation prepared them for their role in schools. Participants revealed information about their reasons for choosing an online program, interactions with peers and faculty, and how the program impacted their role as a current professional school counselor.