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School Counseling, MEd

Erin-Caitlin Rinker

IUP CONFIDENCE – Erin-Caitlin Rinker ’09, MEd School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling Certification, is the organizational advancement coordinator at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. She said IUP “paved the way for me to truly make a difference in children’s lives. The professors gave me the skills and knowledge to assist my students in all aspects of school counseling.”

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Indiana Program

Dr. Claire Dandeneau


Pittsburgh Area Program

Dr. Bob Witchel


Make a Positive Impact on Young Lives

Students in pre-Kindergarten, elementary, middle/junior, and high school need support throughout the educational process. With this degree, you will be trained to provide career awareness, personal development, decision-making, interpersonal communications, educational planning, and community involvement.

The MEd in School Counseling Prepares You for Counseling Positions at Both Elementary and Secondary Schools

A series of counseling skills courses, including practicums at the elementary school and secondary school levels, will give you a strong preparation for pre-K-12 commonwealth certification. You'll also complete a 600-hour field experience under the supervision of a certified school counselor.

The hallmark of this program is its philosophy based on the developmental approach to school counseling. Children and youth learn best when they are given the opportunity to increase self-awareness and develop those life skills that contribute to an understanding and utilization of self in all life experiences.

This approach to counseling is sequential and flexible, involves all school personnel, helps students learn more effectively and efficiently, and is managed by a trained counselor who provides specialized counseling services and interventions.

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The MEd Program Will Prepare You To:

  • Work in both public and private schools with in-depth clinical experience in individual and group counseling.
  • Guide students from kindergarten through high school who experience mental health issues.
  • Master individual and group counseling methods that allow you to have a lasting positive impact on growing minds and hearts.
  • Expand your options to consider college admissions counseling, career counseling, private practice, and consulting.
  • Pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education, school psychology, or counseling psychology.
  • Be a part of an occupation that is projected to have an “average” job growth through 2022 and a median annual salary of $51,300 in Pennsylvania.

While teaching experience is not a prerequisite for school counseling certification in Pennsylvania, students are expected to possess an understanding of educational philosophy and child or adolescent growth and development. They should also understand the basic principles of psychology, sociology, and learning theory in addition to courses specific to either a child or adolescent population.

All students seeking an MEd degree with certification in either elementary or secondary school counseling will take:

Core Classes
Course Number Credits Course Title
GSR 615 3 credits Elements of Research
COUN 613 3 credits Counseling Children
COUN 615 3 credits Counseling Across the Life-Span
COUN 617 3 credits Basic Counseling Skills
COUN 618 3 credits Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling
COUN 621 3 credits Introduction to Professional School Counseling
COUN 624 3 credits Assessment Procedures for School Counselors
COUN 636 3 credits Career Counseling
COUN 628 3 credits Management of Professional School Counseling Programs
COUN 637 3 credits Counseling & Consulting Theory
COUN 639 3 credits Group Counseling
COUN 667 3 credits Elementary Practicum
COUN 659 3 credits Secondary Practicum
COUN 672 3 credits Counseling and Consulting within Systems
COUN 677 3 credits Crisis and Addictions Counseling
COUN 682 3 credits Counseling Students/Clients with Disabilities
COUN 720 3 credits Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in Counseling
COUN 755 6 credits Field Experience
COUN 3 credits Elective
Total 60 credits  

Prospective students for the Master of Education and school certification program must meet departmental admissions requirements and procedures in addition to those of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Applicants are required to attend an admission workshop as the final step in the admissions process. Workshops are held two times a year, and applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of workshops and deadlines for applications to reach the department.


Information Sessions For Prospective Students

October 17, 2016
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Stouffer Hall, room 109

October 19, 2016
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

IUP Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center

November 16, 2016
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

IUP Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center

November 17, 2016
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Stouffer Hall, room 109

December 6, 2016
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Stouffer Hall, room 109

December 7, 2016
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

IUP Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center

Please check back for dates and times of sessions to be held in October 2016.

To register, visit our registration page or call 724-357-2306.

  • Department of Counseling
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.