School Counseling Pre K-12 

School Counseling Pre K-12  Master of Education (M.Ed.)

About School Counseling Pre K-12

Become a transformative counselor for Pre K-12 students.

Facilitate student well being and achievement. A master's degree in school counseling from California University of Pennsylvania gives you comprehensive training and credentials for a rewarding career as a Certified School Counselor Pre K-12.

You'll graduate qualified to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and will be eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and other states. Work in public or private schools, or open a private practice.

Streamline your path to success.

  • Complete your degree in only 4 semesters and one summer with our accelerated program for students of any undergraduate major.
  • Adapt your course schedule to accommodate your lifestyle and career with evening classes, multiple program start dates and flexible internship hours.
  • Apply without MAT or GRE scores if your undergraduate GPA is 2.9 or above.

HRSA Grant

Cal U’s graduate Counselor Education and Social Work Programs are the recipients of a $1.9 million Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program grant.  The purpose of this program is to prepare Cal U students work in rural and medically underserved communities with a focus on mental and behavioral health. Our mission is to collaboratively educate, train, and provide services that will benefit the health and health equity of the underserved and vulnerable people in our community by producing quality behavioral health professionals for the region’s workforce.  This program allows students to apply for an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend, while completing their required practicum or field experience. 

Students accepted into the graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or Social Work programs are eligible to apply for the grant before completing their programs practicum or field experience.

In addition to the stipend, students receive additional training and increased opportunities for interdisciplinary development.

If you have questions regarding the HRSA BHWET program, contact HRSA Program Coordinator Molly Jenkins at Jenkins_M@calu.edu

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: SCHOOL COUNSELING PRE-K - 12

Experiential Learning:  Complete 150 hours of practicum work and 600 hours of clinical fieldwork in Pennsylvania schools.

Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

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We've been awarded best counseling program in Pennsylvania by Professional Counseling Associates and continue to maintain these high standards.
100% 
All Cal U school counseling graduates in the class of 2014-2015 were hired in their chosen or a closely related field within 180 days of graduation.
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Degree Benefits

Enjoy one of the best school counseling degrees in the nation at one of the lowest costs in Pennsylvania. Many graduate assistantships are available to help cover the cost of tuition.

  • Cultivate a high level of self-awareness.
  • Develop competent counseling skills in order to practice ethically and professionally.
  • Learn how to conduct assessments and evaluations.
  • Gain an understanding of how individuals learn and grow, and how educational systems impact personal development.
  • Acquire skills to facilitate positive change in individuals and social systems.
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Graduate Outcomes

Now is the time to complete your education with a counseling master's degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted 19% growth in jobs for career and school counselors between 2010 and 2020. Cal U counseling program alumni careers include:

  • School Counselor, Wheeling Park High School.
  • Therapist, Wesley Spectrum.
  • Counselor, Private Practice.
  • School Counselor, Southmoreland School District.
  • Director of Life Skills, University of Pittsburgh.
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Best Value

Cal U's master's degree program in school counseling was ranked second in Pennsylvania for best value by TopCounselingSchools.org. Winning traits included our standout combination of affordability, quality and convenience.

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Student Success

Meet Becky S. Karluk '00. After earning her master's degree in counselor education at Cal U, she became a guidance counselor with the Central Greene School District in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. She is responsible for 600 students in grades 6-8, all student records, and all state and achievement testing.

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Hero in Education

School counseling professor Dr. Grafton Eliason was awarded a Red Cross Hero in Education Award for "going above and beyond" in his commitment to education and community service.

 

School Counseling Pre K-12 Master's Degree Courses

A Cal U degree in school counseling gives you a comprehensive counseling education. Courses and fieldwork enable you to simultaneously complete Pre K-12 certification as a school counselor, become an NCC and work toward LPC licensure.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
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
CED 705 Developmental Group Counseling 3
CED 720 Cross-cultural Counseling 3
CED 786 Career Counseling 3
   
Area III: Field Education Course
CED 732 Current Issues in School Counseling: Evidence Based Practices and Inclusion 3
   
Area IV: Counseling and Education Courses
CED 721 Diagnosis and Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
CED 722 Assessment Procedures for Counselors 3
CED 755 Counseling Across the Life Span: Prevention and Treatment in Schools and the Community 3
CED 785 Research Methods in Counseling 3
   
Area V: Psychological Foundations
CED 711 Clinical Field Experience (Practicum) 3
CED 712 Clinical Field Experience 6
CED 787 Ethics, Integration, Collaboration and Consultation 3
   
Total 48

If you have not taken the following courses or their equivalent 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 610 Special Ed: Foundations and Collaboration (3 credits)
EDU 650 Supporting English Language Learners (3 credits)
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Master's and Certification Only:  Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.90 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.90 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Post-Master's Only: Master's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution (for Bachelor's and Master's degrees)
  • Two professional recommendations from professors or employers.
  • Master's and Certification Only:  One-page resume of work and education
  • Master's and Certification Only:  A 1,000 word psychobiography typed (see CED Handbook)
  • International Graduate Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Master's and Certification Only:  Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.90 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Post-Master's Only:  Master's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • MAT with a 395 or higher or GRE with a 290 or higher
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Interview


How to Apply:

*Early Admit:  Feb 15 (for Summer or Fall starts), Sept 15 (for Spring starts)

*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: gradschool@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4187

Out of State Students:
All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.

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School Counseling Pre-K - 12 Faculty

Dr. Grafton Eliason
Professor

Eliason@calu.edu

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Dr. Elizabeth Gruber
Professor, Department Chairperson

gruber@calu.edu

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Robert Mehalik
Assistant Professor

mehalik@calu.edu

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Dr. Jeff L. Samide
Professor

samide@calu.edu

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Dr. Jacqueline Walsh
Professor
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