Professional School Counselors (K-12) - To qualify for K-12 institutional endorsement and commonwealth certification, students must complete a 60-credit-hour, competency-based program to include a series of counseling skills courses, including practicums at the elementary schools and secondary schools level, and complete a 600 hour field experience under the supervision of a certified school counselor. 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).
Students completing the Masters of Education Degree and seeking Commonwealth School Counseling certification will take the following courses:
Total 60 cr.
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, candidates for school certification must meet additional Pennsylvania Department of Education standards that include 3 additional credits in Special Education/Students with disabilities and 2 credits in English Language Learners. These additional requirements can be met through previous undergraduate or graduate coursework. Applications for certification MUST show evidence of this coursework to be eligible for certification endorsement.
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 admission workshop as the final step in the admissions process. Applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of deadlines for completed applications to be received by the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
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