MEd in School Counseling

  • 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.

    Program Requirements

    GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.
    COUN 615 Counseling Across the Life Span 3 cr.
    COUN 617 Basic Counseling Skills 3 cr.
    COUN 618 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 621 Introduction to Professional School Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 624 Assessment Procedures for School Counselors 3 cr.
    COUN 626 Career Education in the Schools 3 cr.
    COUN 628 Management of Professional School Counseling Program 3 cr.
    COUN 720 Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 627 Child Counseling and Consulting Theories 3 cr.
    COUN 637 Counseling and Consultation Theories (Adolescent/Adult) 3 cr.
    COUN 629 Group Procedures (Child) 3 cr.
    COUN 639 Group Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 657 Individual Counseling Practicum (Adolescent/Adult) 3 cr.
    COUN 667 Individual Counseling Practicum (Child) 3 cr.
    COUN 659 Group Counseling Practicum (Child) 3 cr.
    COUN 669 Group Counseling Practicum (Child) 3 cr.
    COUN 755 Field Experience in Counselor Education 6 cr.
    ----- Electives 6 cr.

    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.

    Admissions Criteria

    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.