The Master of Education 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Gruber
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.
|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|
* Electives are selected in coordination with your adviser from any CED course or certificate.
- 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.
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 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.