Counseling Poster

School Counseling PK-12 (M.S. in Counselor Education)

Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students' academic, career and personal/social development needs by designing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools; career and technical centers; gifted and alternative schools; in district supervisory positions; and counselor education positions.

Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success (Lapan, Gysbers, & Kayson, 2007; Stone & Dahir, 2006). Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, professional school counselors promote equity and access. (ASCA, The Role of the School Counselor)

Occupational Outlook

The occupational outlook for School Counselors is expected to grow at a higher than average rate for the years 2012-2022.

2012 Median Pay

$53,610 per year

$25.77 per hour


Master’s Degree

Work Experience in Related Occupation

Not Required



Number of Jobs in 2012


Job Outlook  2012-2022

12% ( Average Rate)

Employment Change 2012-2022


*The data provided above is based on information obtained from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published on January 8, 2014. 

Program Goals

The School Counseling program focuses on providing students with the personal and professional skills necessary for:

  1. developing competencies in individual and group counseling, classroom guidance instruction, and school wide programming
  2. consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, and administration;
  3. designing and managing a comprehensive school counseling program;
  4. creating standards-based interventions to support student academic, career, and personal/social development;
  5. using data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs; and
  6. applying leadership and advocacy skills to identify achievement gaps and support systemic change.

Upon successful completion of this school counselor preparation program, students earn a Master of Science in Counselor Education – PK -12 School Counseling degree. The course sequence meets the certification requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Educational Specialist I (school counselor certification).

Complete Your Degree in 2 Years!

New!  Beginning in Fall 2015, this 60-credit School Counseling program has been revised to enable students to complete their degree in 2 years!  What are the benefits to potential students?

  • Students will complete their degree in the same amount of time as those pursuing a 48 credit degree.
  • Students will graduate with dual certification (PK-12) and the coursework needed for licensure with one degree
  • Many classes will be offered in the summer, at a significantly lower cost
  • Classes are scheduled to accommodate working professionals
  • Some of the classes will be offered online