2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Certification-Only Program in School Counseling

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Program Description

The non-degree school counseling certification-only program is designed to help students complete the course requirements for certification as a pre-K-12 counselor. 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Elizabeth Gruber

Delivery Mode

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

School counseling programs at Cal U 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 pre-K-12 school counseling.


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: Psychological Foundations
CED 721  Diagnosis and Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
CED 722  Assessment Procedures for Counselors 3
CED 755  Counseling Across the Life Span 3
CED 785  Research Methods in Counseling 3
Area IV: Counseling and Education Courses
CED 708  Substance Abuse and Addiction 3
CED 732  Current Issues in School Counseling: Evidence-Based Practice 3
Electives* (three courses) 9
Area V: Field Education Core
CED 711  Practicum in Counselor Education 3
CED 712  Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education 6
CED 787  Ethics, Integration, Consultation and Collaboration 3
Total 60

* Electives are selected in coordination with your adviser from any CED course or certificate.

Program Requirements:

  • School Counseling Certification requires passing Praxis II for certification. 
  • Area I Core Courses and five readings are needed for candidacy. Please see your adviser and handbook.
  • Students may also pursue Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Please see your adviser and handbook. 

Program Notes:

CED 790 (Internship) can substitute for CED 712.

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)

Practicum/Field Education

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 their 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.

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