This program prepares students to become Pennsylvania-certified School Counselors.
Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program will complete 57 (plus thesis) or 60 hours of credit for the degree.
Total 60 cr.
M.Ed. students will not receive credit for COUN 634 Mental Health Appraisal or COUN 730 Ethical and Legal Issues in Community Counseling.
Prospective students for the Master of Education and school certification programs must meet departmental admissions requirements and procedures in addition to those of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Prospective students should contact the department to determine these requirements. Applicants are required to attend an admissions workshop as the final step in the admissions process. Workshops are held twice a year, and applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of workshops and deadlines for completed applications to be received by the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
For current students, each year an evaluation of student academic, clinical, and professional competence will be made. Students will receive formal feedback based on the outcome of the evaluation results and a joint effort will be made to remediate any deficiencies. Serious deficiencies may result in recommendations for remedial work, delay of candidacy, or termination from the program. Students must pass all practicum experiences with a B or better in order to advance to internship/field experience.
While teaching experience is not a prerequisite for admission and school counselor 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. Students lacking prerequisite understandings will be expected to meet these deficiencies during their course of study.
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