School Counseling

Program Description

The Department of Counselor Education’s 60-credit School Counseling program (M.Ed.) prepares students to learn how to facilitate the roles of the school counselor as advocate, leader, and systemic change agent, and develop a comprehensive counseling program. School counseling students will be able to provide individual as well as group counseling to the diverse learners in collaboration with support teams in schools. Particular focus is paid to the application of evidence-based practices as students learn to conceptualize, diagnose, and provide interventions on multiple levels. Our CACREP-accredited program meets all educational requirements for Pennsylvania K-12 Professional School Counselor Certification, Nationally Certified Counseling (NCC), as well as for licensure in Pennsylvania as well as the majority of states throughout the country.

Careers in School Counseling

A degree in School Counseling prepares you to work in all school settings, such as public, private, charter and virtual, and some advising departments on college and university locations. With the completion of designated supervised hours and exams, you will meet the criteria for a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and thus, the ability to work in therapeutic settings.

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  • Fully face-to-face program
  • 60 credits
    • 8 Core Courses
    • 7 Specialty Courses
    • 2 Electives
  • Field Experience (9 credits/700 hours)
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  • Evening classes (4:00p – 6:45p OR 7:00p – 9:45p)
  • May be completed in as little as 2.5 years
Professor teaching

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Graduate Application with goal statement
  • Official undergraduate academic transcripts (min. GPA 3.0)
  • Two academic/professional recommendations
  • Applications accepted once per year
  • Completed applications must be submitted by March 1st for the applicant to be considered for the Fall term.

Apply Now!

Check the status of your application by contacting the Graduate School at or 610.436.2943.

What are students saying about the SCHOOL COUNSELING Program?

Jen Toby

School Counseling Graduate

“My experiences as a student completely prepared me and equipped me with the skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm to successfully enter the field of school counseling! As a student in the School Counseling Program, I was able to learn from amazing faculty, who not only have a fantastic understanding of the field of counseling, but also lead with care and concern for the success of all of their students. I will forever appreciate and remember the support, guidance, wisdom, and kindness of all of the Faculty and Staff in the Department of Counselor Education! It was a dream come true to return to the Department of Counselor Education six years later, this time as an Adjunct Professor.”