Why Choose Our Counseling Program?

"I feel that the faculty cohesiveness at Marywood is very strong and this helps provide the students with a sense of unified support. This also modeled for the students how to work together as a team in an effective manner."

-2014 graduate

Award Winning

Marywood Counselor Education Program Director Wins PSCA School Counselor Educator Of The Year

The Pennsylvania School Counselor Association (PSCA) School Counselor Educator of the Year honors those who have made significant contributions to the education and training of future school counselors throughout the commonwealth. The 2019 recipient of the PSCA School Counselor Educator of the Year award is Marywood’s director of counselor education, Dr. Jennifer Barna, Ph.D., NCC, & ACS. Dr. Barna received this award at the PSCA conference in Pittsburgh, PA on November 21, 2019. Dr. Barna has been with Marywood since 2009 and her research interests include training future school counselors, school counselors’ contributions to academic achievement, school counselor accountability and school counseling program development. Before coming to Marywood, Dr. Barna was an elementary and middle school counselor along with a crisis counselor in a local elementary school.

In 2015, the Marywood University Counseling Program was proud to receive the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Outstanding Counselor Education Program award.  Faculty and students were honored at the awards banquet at the annual conference in State College, PA.


CACREP Accreditation

Marywood's graduate programs in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling are accredited by the Counsel for Accrediting Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduating from a CACREP-accredited program lets employers know that you have been trained using rigorous standards, quality instruction, and extensive fieldwork experience. It also qualifies you to sit for the National Counseling Exam during your final year, which leads to National Counselor Certification (NCC). Most states that have licensure laws, including Pennsylvania, accept NCC certification as part of their licensure requirements. More about Accreditations and Approvals

Flexible Course Scheduling

We offer early evening, summer, and online courses to accommodate working professionals.  See FAQ's for course offerings and times.

Supportive Learning Community

Students often say the support they receive from faculty and other students is their favorite aspect of the program. You will enter as a member of a cohort and begin building bonds that make graduate school a more meaningful and less stressful experience.


New students are paired with a more seasoned peer for the purposes of information, support, and socializing. Mentors can clarify program expectations, suggest strategies for successful course completion, share field work experiences, and offer stress reduction strategies.

Advisory Council

Students are encouraged to help us build a stronger program by providing feedback as members of an advisory council. The advisory council meets at least twice a semester and includes students, faculty, supervisors, and community partners.