School Counseling

Master of Science (MS) in Counselor Education

  • Individual & group counseling competencies
  • Design/manage comprehensive school counseling programs
  • Apply leadership and advocacy skills
  • Hands on experience, state-of-the-art facilities

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Marywood's school counseling program prepares students to become K-12 school counselors. Our Master of Science (MS) in Counselor Education degree provides skills and expertise in individual and group counseling, educational planning, and career development. It is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets the Pennsylvania Department of Education's requirements for K-12 school counseling certification.

Extensive Fieldwork Experience

Students in our school counseling program complete a 600-hour supervised internship in a real-world counseling setting. This invaluable, hands-on experience allows you to put into practice skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.

Regular Communication with Professors

Marywood's school counseling program relies heavily on one-to-one interactions between students and faculty mentors. As you complete the program, a professor will periodically review your progress and help you reach your educational goals.

More About This Degree

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms, a shared research laboratory, a stress and coping laboratory, a neuropsychology laboratory, and a curriculum library that includes books and journals related to psychology.

The McGowan Center also houses the Psychological Services Center, an outpatient mental health clinic that serves the local community and is an important training ground for psychology and counseling students.

Graduates of Marywood's school counseling program are well prepared to become full-time school counselors in elementary schools and high schools. In fact, 96% of students pass the Praxis II the first time they take it, and all students in Marywood's school counseling program graduate with a professional portfolio that contains all of the components necessary to create a new school counseling program at any school.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Master of Science in Counselor Education

K-12 School Counseling Program — Certification: Educational Specialist I

60 semester hours

I. COUNSELING CONCENTRATION COURSES

42 semester hours

COUN 505 Career Development I
3
*COUN 518 Applied Practice I
3
COUN 525 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
3
COUN 530 Ethics and Professional Development
3
COUN 531 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3
COUN 532 Multicultural Issues for Counseling Professionals
3
COUN 543 Group Process in Counseling
3
*COUN 544 Counseling Techniques
3
COUN 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing
3
EDUC 501 Research Theory 3
EDUC 561 Methods, Materials and Assessment in Teaching ESL 3
EDUC 514 Human Development 3
SPED 507 Characteristics of the Mildly Impaired
3
SPED 539 Behavioral Management Approaches 3

II. SPECIALIZATION COURSES

12 semester hours

COUN 510 Principles and/Practices of Professional School Counseling 3
COUN 540 Developing a Successful School Counseling Program 3
COUN 535 Consultation, Collaboration, and Critical Issues 3
Elective   3

III. FIELDWORK COURSES

6 semester hours

COUN 500 Field Placement Prep 0
*COUN 522 Applied Practices II: K-12 School Counseling 3
*COUN 522A Applied Practices II: K-12 School Counseling (Supervision) 0
COUN 560 Internship in K-12 School Counseling 3

* “B” grade required

Sequence of Counseling Courses

Students are reminded that certain courses are sequential and may not be taken out of sequence. Students are not permitted to take Applied Practice II and Internship simultaneously. Students who are seeking their M.A. degrees in Mental Health Counseling must complete their degrees prior to applying for and enrolling in school certification programs. The counseling sequence is:

COUN 518 Applied Practice
COUN 525 Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
COUN 544 Counseling Techniques
COUN 522/COUN 545 Applied Practice II
COUN 522/524/551/552/560 Internship

Certain courses (i.e., COUN 545, COUN 522) are not available during summer sessions. Some courses (i.e., COUN 535) are summer only courses. Internship (excluding M.A. program) course availability is variable during summer sessions.

Full-time students in the Counseling Programs should expect to spend a minimum of five (5) academic semesters in order to complete their degree requirements. Admission to Applied Practice II and Internship require permission of the academic advisor or Applied Practice/Internship instructor. All degree students must take a minimum of six credit hours (part-time) or nine credit hours (full-time) per semester and follow the program cohort model (see Counseling Programs Student Handbook for details).