M.Ed. in Counseling, School Counseling Tracks

M.Ed. in Counseling, School Counseling Tracks


Students can earn the M.Ed. in Counseling degree in either of the school counseling tracks in two years (five terms) as a full-time student or three years or more years as a part-time student.

Full-time enrollment generally involves 9 to 12 credits per term, depending on a student's sequence. Students may begin the graduate program in the fall, spring or summer semester. Upon program completion, students from the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling tracks will have completed the coursework and a portion of the clinical hours required to take the National Counselor Exam (NCE).

Special Info: Elementary or Secondary Tracks

Before registering for more than 12 credits students are required to:

  • obtain current ACT 34 (Request for Criminal Record Check), F.B.I Criminal Check, and ACT 151 (Child Abuse History Check) clearances. Clearances are valid for one year from date issued on the form.
  • submit the results from a current Tuberculosis Screening administered within the last two years.
  • possess professional liability insurance. The policy shall be a minimum of $1,000,000 per claim and $3,000,000 aggregate. This is a state (PA) requirement that can be satisfied through membership in PSEA.

School Counseling Curriculum

The program consists of a set of core classes totaling 30 credits all graduate students in the elementary or secondary school counseling tracks must complete. A total of 57 credits are required for graduation.

Core Coursework - Required for both school counseling tracks (30 credits)

COUNSEL-500 Introduction to the Helping Professions

COUNSEL-502 Career Development

COUNSEL-505 Counseling Theories and Techniques

COUNSEL-508 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling

COUNSEL-510 Group Counseling/ Leadership Skills

COUNSEL-512 Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior Across the Lifespan

COUNSEL-515 Consultation, Program and Organization Development

COUNSEL-520 Life Span Psychology

COUNSEL-525 Multicultural Counseling

COUNSEL-590 Research Design and Analysis

In addition to the core requirements, students must choose one or more "tracks" — Elementary School Counseling or Secondary School Counseling. Students are welcome to select more than one track, but this will impact their later requirements for practicum/internship hours. Students should consult with a faculty member if they are considering two or three tracks.

Elementary School Counseling Track (27 credits total)

COUNSEL-530 Guidance in Elementary Schools (3)

COUNSEL-533 Contemporary Issues in Elementary School Counseling (3)

EDFOUND-576 School Law and Finance (3)

COUNSEL-596 Practicum Orientation in ESC (6)

COUNSEL-598 Practicum Orientation Supervision in ESC (3)

COUNSEL-597 Practicum I in ESC (6)

COUNSEL-598 Practicum I Supervision in ESC (3)

Secondary School Counseling Track (27 credits total)

COUNSEL-550 Introduction to Counseling in Secondary Schools (3)

COUNSEL-555 Contemporary Issues in Secondary School Counseling (3)

EDFOUND-576 School Law and Finance (3)

COUNSEL-596 Practicum Orientation in SSC (6)

COUNSEL-598 Practicum Orientation Supervision in SSC (3)

COUNSEL-597 Practicum I in SSC (6)

COUNSEL-598 Practicum I Supervision in SSC (3)