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School Counseling: Curriculum

Our curriculum gives you the appropriate academic preparation and personal growth opportunities to serve as a professional master's degree school counselor. You are expected to develop a high level of self-awareness, a strong knowledge base and competent counseling skills in order to practice ethically and professionally within a diverse society.

Get a description of each of Cal U's counseling education (CED) courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the master's degree.

*If you have not taken the following courses or their equivalent courses as either an undergraduate or graduate, they are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and must be taken in order to receive school counseling certification.

  • ESP 701: Introduction to Behavior Analysis-3 credits
  • ESP 612 or ESP 613: Evidence Based Practices in Inclusion-3 credits
  • EDU 650: Supporting English Language Learners-3 credits

Master of Education in School Counseling: 48 Credits

Area I: Core Courses Required for Candidacy12

CED 700Foundations of School Counseling3
CED 702Counseling Theory3
CED 710Counseling Skills and Techniques3
CED 724Experiential Group Process3

Area II: Advanced Counseling Core9

CED 705Developmental Group Counseling3
CED 720Cross - cultural Counseling3
CED 786Career Counseling3

Area III: Field Education Course12

CED 711Practicum in Counselor Education3
CED 712Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education6
CED 787Integration, Collaboration and Consultation3

Area IV: Counseling and Education Courses*3

ESP 610Special Education Foundations and Collaboration3

Area V: Psychological Foundations9

CED 721Diagnosis and Counseling Children and Adolescents3
CED 722Assessment Procedures for Counselors3
CED 755Counseling Across the Life Span: Prevention and Treatment in Schools and the Community3

Area VI: Research3

CED 785Research Methods in Counseling3

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