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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.

Program Requirements

Students are required to

  • complete the core program, including optional electives related to areas of interest  
  • 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.

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 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 by taking 6 additional thesis credits.

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
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 8677 Practicum in School Counseling

Level III (6 credits)

CHR 8692 Internship I in School Counseling
CHR 8694 Internship II in School Counseling

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