School Counseling, MEd

Sarah Carlisle “My great grandmother graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a school counseling degree 50 years before me, and I was honored to have an opportunity to follow her example. Like her, I believe in the importance of a high quality education.” Sarah Carlisle, a 2013 graduate in School Counseling, works as a school counselor at Broad Ford Elementary School and Swan Meadow School for Garrett County Public Schools in Maryland.

Contact the Coordinator

MA and MEd Programs

Dr. Brittany Pollard-Kosidowski


MEd Admissions Ambassador

Brady Franks


International MEd Admissions Ambassador

Racheal Nuwagaba-K


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 admissions cycle for summer/fall 2022 is now closed. We are currently accepting applications for summer/fall 2023!

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.

Information Sessions for Prospective MEd Students

To register, visit our registration page or call 412-824-1149.

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

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.