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Master of Education: School Counseling

Classes begin Fall, Spring and Summer

School counselors assist students in their academic, personal and career development so they are able to achieve success in school and be more prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

Cal U has one of the best school counseling programs in the nation. Our program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  It is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

CACREP Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession.  The student, as a consumer,can be assured that appropriate knowledge and skill areas are included and that the program is stable, professionally and financially. Students may be interested in our most recent program evaluation

We are also authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer certification programs in elementary and secondary school guidance.

Our master of education program in school counseling fulfills the degree requirements needed for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), which you will need to take to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

You also have the option of taking an additional 12 credits before or after graduation to total 60 credits, which is what's required to become an LCP in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Licensure Act 136 of 1998). You will need two or more additional years of supervised work experience after graduation to complete the requirements for LPC.

The courses you will take have been approved by both the National Board for Certified Counselors and by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification and continuing education credits (Act 48).

For those students who hold a master's degree in school counseling or another discipline, you may be eligible for our certification only program.  The department will evaluate your transcript to determine which courses are required.

Prospective students are advised to read the CED Student Handbook, which describes the philosophy, admissions and departmental procedures in detail.

Learn more about the master's curriculum.

 For further information, contact Georgette Edwards, program secretary, at 724-938-4123 -Email to].


Application deadlines:
Complete applications for this program need to be submitted by:

Early admission application deadlines are:
February 15th - summer and fall start terms
September 15th - spring start term

Regular admission application deadlines are:
July 1st - fall start term
November 1st - spring start term
May 1st - summer start term


Learn More

Cal U congratulates Grafton Eliason, the Graduate Coordinator for School Counseling, on receiving the 2014 Red Cross Hero in the education award!

Success Stories

After earning her B.A. in psychology (‘98) and her M.S. in counselor education ('00), Becky S. Karluk became a guidance counselor with the Central Greene School District in Waynesburg, Pa., where she is responsible for 600 students in grades 6-8. She is also responsible for all student records, both regular education and special education, as well as all state and achievement testing.

Where Our Graduates Are Working

  • Apollo-Ridge School District
  • Beaver County Area Vocational Technical School
  • Bethel Park High School
  • Brownsville Area School District
  • California Area School District
  • Charleroi Area Middle School
  • Charleroi Area School District
  • Connellsville Area School District
  • Greater Latrobe School District
  • Juniata County School District
  • Laurel Highlands School District
  • McGuffy School District
  • Ringgold School District
  • South Side High School
  • Western Area Career and Technology Center