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.
Master of Education in School Counseling: 48 Credits
- School counseling certification also requires passing the PAPA prior to applying for candidacy.
- School counseling certification also requires passing Praxis II, preferably before graduation for certification.
- Area I core courses and required five readings needed to apply for candidacy. Please see your adviser and handbook.
- Students may also pursue LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). Please see your adviser and handbook.
Area I: Core Courses Required for Candidacy
|CED 700 Foundations of School Counseling||3|
|CED 702 Counseling Theory||3|
|CED 710 Counseling Skills and Techniques||3|
|CED 724 Experiential Group Process||3|
Area II: Advanced Counseling Core
|Course Name||Credits |
|CED 705 Developmental Group Counseling||3|
|CED 720 Cross-cultural Counseling||3|
|CED 786 Career Counseling||3|
Area III: Field Education
|Course Name||Credits |
|CED 711 Practicum in Counselor Education||3|
|CED 712 Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education||6|
|CED 787 Integration, Collaboration and Consultation||3|
Area IV: Counseling and Education Courses*
|ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration||3|
Area V: Psychological Foundations
|CED 721 Diagnosis and Counseling Children and Adolescents||3|
|PSY 713 Psychology of Growth and Development||3|
|PSY 721 Advanced Tests Measurements||3|
|CED 755 Counseling Across the Lifespan: Prevention and Treatment in Schools and Community||3|
|CED 785 Research Methods in Counseling||3|
Note: If you have not taken the following courses or their equivalent courses as either an undergraduate or graduate, they are now required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and must be taken in order to receive school counseling certification. For this reason, we recommend completing this requirement before graduation. We also recommend taking the ESP courses in numerical order or concurrently, due to prerequisite requirements in that department:
|ESP 611 Assessments and Positive Behavior Supports/ESP 701 Introduction to Behavior Analysis||3|
|ESP 612 or 613 Evidence-based Practices in Inclusion||3|
|EDU 650 Supporting English Language Learners||3|