Master of Science
The Department of Counselor Education offers a Master of Science degree in School Counseling designed to prepare counselors to work as Professional School Counselors in PreK-12 school settings. The CACREP accredited 60-credit School Certification and Licensure Program meets the Pennsylvania Department of Education's requirements to be a PreK-12 Pennsylvania Certified School Counselor and meets the academic requirements for the Pennsylvania state Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential.
The program consists of core counseling courses, specialty area courses, and 700 hours of field experience. All school counseling students are eligible to sit for the PRAXIS exam. Upon successful program completion and qualifying score on the Professional School Counselor PRAXIS examination, certification as a Professional School Counselor is granted through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Successful completion of the program also meets the educational requirements for Pennsylvania state licensure in Professional Counseling (LPC) and are eligible to take the National Certified Counselor (NCC) examination, a state licensure prerequisite.
The school counselor preparation program is structured around several core tenets:
Included in the program is an emphasis on developing assessment and research skills and using research findings in school counseling. The School Counseling program (CACREP accredited) effectively prepares graduates for a broad range of career possibilities, including working in public and private school settings, community settings, hospitals, educational institutions, and private practice settings.
Student Learning Outcomes