Bloomsburg University's Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, PK-12 School Counseling provides a balance of academic and theoretical learning with a strong focus on practical application of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to prepare students to lead as 21st century school counselors. The program specifically prepares students to become leaders, advocates, and change agents as outlined by the American School Counselor Association National Model.
The core faculty consist of experts in the field of school counseling, current school counseling professionals, and other university professors of education. who provide optimal learning opportunities. Our program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and program completers are eligible to earn a Pennsylvania PK-12 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Certificate.
Aside from a school setting, having a degree in School Counseling opens the door to many exciting and diverse opportunities. Possible careers include:
Mental Health Counseling Agencies/ Non-Profit Agencies
Social Service Agencies
Health and Wellness Counseling
College Admissions Counseling
Virtual Information Session
Courses and Curriculum
Core Courses (9 credits)
EDL.500 Introduction to Educational Leadership
EDL.501 Organizational Behavior and Program Development
EDL 503 School Law and Finance
Research Core (6 credits)
EDL 502 Data Driven Decisions
EDL.590 Educational Research and Writing
PK-12 School Counseling Courses (33 credits)
COUNSEL.500 Introduction to the Helping Professions (3 credits)
COUNSEL.502 Career Development (3 credits)
COUNSEL.510 Group Counseling and Leadership (3 credits)
COUNSEL.516 Pre-Practicum in School Counseling (1 credit)
COUNSEL.517 Practicum in School Counseling (2 credits)
COUNSEL.518 Advanced Practicum in School Counseling (6 credits)
COUNSEL.520 Human Development (3 credits)
COUNSEL.525 Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)
COUNSEL.550 Introduction to School Counseling (3 credits)
COUNSEL.555 Contemporary Issues in School Counseling (3 credits)COUNSEL Elective (3 credits)
Submit an official undergraduate transcript (3.0 undergraduate GPA)
Submit a Statement of Goals that explains the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a graduate career as a school counselor
Submit a current resume
Submit three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic suitability and professional demeanor
To earn the M. Ed. with certification, candidates must complete all requirements for the 48 credit degree and pass the School Counseling Praxis Exam.
Candidates interested in certification only are reviewed on an individual basis to review courses and credits required to earn PA school counseling certification. Certification only is reserved for those students who already have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field. Students pursuing certification only must also pass the Praxis exam. ,
Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who do not take classes in either the Fall and/or Spring semester(s) will be considered inactive in MyHusky. Students are required to contact their Academic Advisor or Graduate Program Coordinator with their request to be reactivated. Their request is then forwarded to the Graduate Office, who will process the reactivation. Students have six calendar years to complete their chosen degree or certification program.
Upon acceptance, students desiring to transfer credits may make this request upon application to their chosen program. Upon approval, degree students may transfer up to a maximum of nine semester hours or parallel courses (determined by BU) from accredited institutions. These courses will be applied towards completing the degree requirements of the program. However, no courses will be transferred in which a grade less than a B was earned. Pass/fail grades are not acceptable.
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