Academic Programs of Study

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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Master of Science (MS) in Counselor Education | Marywood University at Marywood

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.

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Janet Muse-Burke, Ph.D., LPC
Associate Professor
Counseling Fieldwork Coordinator, Counseling and Development Minor Coordinator, LPC Track Coordinator

Bradley Janey, Ph.D., LPC
Program Coordinator, CACREP Liaison

Jennifer Barna, Ph.D., NCC, ACS
Associate Professor
Program Director, School Counseling

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies provides psychology and counseling students with facilities for clinical training, student research, and psychological testing.

The McGowan Center also houses the Psychological Services Center, an outpatient mental health clinic that provides mental health services to the community and training facilities for students in undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. The clinic has one-way observation rooms for individual, group, and family therapy.

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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.


At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.

I currently work as an undergraduate adviser at The Catholic University of America.  In my position, I hope I have a positive impact on students, similar to how I was influenced by my former Marywood professors.  I also enjoy research and would like to transfer those skills to academic advising.

Marywood has prepared me for a career in academic advising on the college level in several ways. At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.  I also built strong mentor/student relationships, especially with Dr. Janet Muse-Burke, with whom I still maintain a friendship.

Marywood’s core values created such a great environment on campus.  I remember visiting as a high school student and feeling welcomed the moment I stepped on campus.  As I began my job search, I was hoping to find the same personal kindness and sense of community I felt at Marywood, so it was not a surprise that I ended up working at another Catholic university.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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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