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.”

    Contact the Coordinator

    Indiana Program

    Dr. Claire Dandeneau

    724-357-2306

    Pittsburgh Area Program

    Dr. Bob Witchel

    412-824-1999

    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.

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

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    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.