Master of Education: School Counseling - Credits: 48 (program code: 0151)
Certification Only: School Counseling - Credits: 48 (program code: 0157)
School counseling programs at California University of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Through the University, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Post-Secondary Schools accredits the Department of Counselor Education. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits the school counseling programs (elementary and secondary school guidance). Courses offered by the Department of Counselor Education 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). The department is authorized by the Commonwealth of 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), required to become a National
Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Students also
have the option of taking an additional 12 credits before or after graduation to total
60 credits, also required to become an LPC in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Licensure
Act 136 of 1998). Students will need two or more additional years of supervised work
experience after graduation to complete the requirements for LPC.
Students who hold a master's degree in another discipline may decide to seek certification. The department will evaluate their transcripts to determine which courses are required.
Prospective students are advised to read the Counselor Education Student Handbook, which describes the philosophy, admissions and departmental procedures in detail. The handbook may be downloaded from the counselor education web page: www.calu.edu/academics/colleges/education/counselor-education.
Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery with some online/distance elements)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
Curriculum - Master's
Curriculum - Certificate
Practicum and clinical field experience are taken near the end of the student's program. Practicum requires a minimum of 150 hours on-site. The student will be supervised by a professional in his/her area of interest. The clinical field experience requires a minimum of 600 hours under the supervision of a professional in the student's area of interest. This will be arranged in consultation with the field coordinator.
Students in the school counseling program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.
Grafton Eliason, Ed.D., B.A. (Duquesne University), M.Ed. (Shippensburg University), M.Div. (Princeton
Theological Seminary), Associate Professor
Web Page: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/grafton-eliason.aspx
Jacqueline A. Walsh, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania),
Elizabeth Gruber, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.S. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Professor, Field Site Coordinator
John Patrick, CRC, NCC, LPC, D.Ed. (Pennsylvania State University), M.S. (University of Scranton), B.A. (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor
Jeff Samide, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Associate Professor
For faculty bios, visit: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm