The School Counseling program, which offers specializations in the Elementary or Secondary levels, was created by faculty members in faculty members in the Counseling Program in accord with the licensure requirements of the State of Pennsylvania. Coursework is based on the standards of the following sources: the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model for School Counseling Programs and National Standards for School Counseling programs, Ethical Standards for School Counselors developed by ASCA, licensure requirements for school counselors as outlined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Standards for School Counseling Programs.
Students are prepared for the school counseling profession through training in courses such as counseling theory, group dynamics, counseling skills, multi-cultural counseling, consultation, and school counseling orientation. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their counseling skills within the school setting through practicum and internship experiences. See appendix F for more information.
The concentration in School Counseling makes provision for course concentration in Elementary or Secondary School Counseling, and leads to approval for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Special Tuition Reduction for Teachers and School Administrators: 40% for those employed by Catholic schools; 20% for those employed by non-Catholic schools
Students in the School Counseling concentration are eligible to apply for certification upon successful completion of their Master's degree program. Students seeking certification to work in Pennsylvania must complete all requirements for a Master's of Science degree in Counseling with concentration in School Counseling in one of its emphasis, Elementary or Secondary.
Students are required to complete the core program, including electives related to the area of emphasis, the PAPA Basic Skills Test, the PRAXIS II examination, the comprehensive examination, which is an integral part of the program, and demonstrate proficiency in counseling skills during one-semester Practicum and a two-semester (6 credit) Internship. In accord with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a total of fifty-four (54) credits are required for the completion of the degree. Students may take up to six years to complete the program. A thesis is not required, but may be done in lieu of six credits of elective study.
Core Program Courses
Level I (15 credits)
CHR 8605 Laboratory in Counseling Skills
CHR 8655 Laboratory in Group Dynamics
CHR 8687 Counseling Theory and Practice
CHR 8680 School Counseling Orientation
CHR 8883 Ethics and Professional Orientation in Counseling
Level II (33 credits)
CHR 8683 Consultation Processes
CHR 8855 Assessment and Appraisal
CHR 8600 Special Education for Counselors and Teachers
CHR 8854 Therapeutic Strategies or CHR 8857 Adolescent Counseling
CHR 8884 Human Growth and Development
CHR 8860 Counseling Diverse Populations
CHR 8685 Lifestyle and Career Development
CHR 8604 Research and Evaluation
CHR 8602 Counsel the Exceptional Child
EDU 8673 Development of ELL Students
CHR 8684 Practicum in Elementary School Counseling
CHR 8681 Practicum in Secondary School Counseling
Level III (6 credits)
CHR 8689 Internship I in Elementary School Counseling
CHR 8690 Internship I in Secondary School Counseling
CHR 8691 Internship II in Elementary School Counseling
CHR 8693 Internship II in Secondary School Counseling