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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School Counseling 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.

More About This Degree

Kevin Snow, Ph.D., M.A., NCC, ACS
Assistant Professor
Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Bradley Janey, Ph.D., LPC
Program Director, Personal and Academic Success Services (PASS)

Richard Joseph Behun, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS
Associate Professor
Coordinator of Counselor Education & Chi Sigma Iota Chapter Faculty Advisor & CACREP Liaison

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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Master of Science in Counselor Education

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

60 semester hours


42 semester hours

COUN 505 Career Development I
*COUN 518 Applied Practice I
COUN 525 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
*COUN 530 Ethics and Professional Development
COUN 531 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3
COUN 532 Multicultural Issues for Counseling Professionals
COUN 543 Group Process in Counseling
*COUN 544 Counseling Techniques
COUN 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing
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
SPED 539 Behavioral Management Approaches 3


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
Capstone Course   3


6 semester hours

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

* “B” grade required

Sequence of Counseling Courses

Students are reminded that certain courses are sequential and must be taken consecutively. Students are not permitted to take Applied Practice II (Practicum) and Internship simultaneously. Students who are seeking their M.A. degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must complete their degrees prior to applying for and enrolling in school certification programs. Courses that must be taken sequentially include:

COUN 518 Applied Practice
COUN 525 Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
COUN 544 Counseling Techniques
COUN 522/545 Applied Practice II
COUN 552/553/560 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 (COUN 553/560) 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 II/Internship instructor.