We offer a special tuition reduction for current teachers and school administrators: 40% for those employed by Catholic schools; 20% for those employed in other schools.
The School Counseling program was created by faculty members in accord with the certification requirements of the State of Pennsylvania and is accredited by CACREP. Coursework is based on the standards of: 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, certification 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, English language learners, special education, and school counseling orientation. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their counseling skills within the school setting through a pre-practicum, practicum and internship experiences. Full-time students will be in schools starting in their first semester.
The concentration in School Counseling leads to approval for Pre-K to 12 certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 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.
School counseling students who are also interested in the options of pursuing a licensed professional counselor (LPC) credential after they graduate can opt to take 6 additional credits and sit for the National Counseling Exam.
Please note: Students who enroll in this degree may decide to pursue licensure/certification, the requirements for which vary by location. For more information on educational requirements, please review the professional licensure/certification disclosures.