Counseling - School Counseling

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Master of Education: School Counseling - Credits: 48 (program code: 0151)

Certification Only: School Counseling - Credits: 48 (program code: 0157)

Certificate: Student Affairs Practice Certificate - Credits: 9 (program code: 0703)

Program Description

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.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery with some online/distance elements)

Accreditation

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Vital Program Statistics for the Academic Year 2016-17

Curriculum - Master of Education: 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: 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)

Curriculum - School Counseling Certification

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 711 Practicum in Counselor Education 3
CED 712 Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education 6
CED 787 Integration, Collaboration and Consultation 3
   
Area IV: Counseling and Education Courses
CED 732 Current Issues in School Counseling: Evidence Based Practices and Inclusion 3
   
Area V: 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: Prevention and Treatment in Schools and the Community 3
   
Area VI: Research
CED 785 Research Methods in Counseling 3
   
Total 48

If you have not taken the following courses or their equivalent courses 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 701: Introduction to Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
ESP 612 or ESP 613: Evidence Based Practices in Inclusion (3 credits)
EDU 650: Supporting English Language Learners (3 credits)

Curriculum - Student Affairs Practice Certificate

Course Credits
CED 777 Student Affairs Services in Higher Education 3
CED 778 The College Student and Higher Education Environment 3
CED 779 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education 3
Total 9

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 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.

Advisement

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.

Program Website

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/education-campus/school-counseling/index.aspx

Program Coordinator

Grafton Eliason, Ed.D., B.A. (Duquesne University), M.Ed. (Shippensburg University), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), Associate Professor
          Web Page:  https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/grafton-eliason.aspx 
           E-mail:  eliason@calu.edu
           Phone:  724-938-4123

Graduate Faculty

Jacqueline A. Walsh, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor
E-mail: walsh@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4123

Elizabeth Gruber, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.S. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Professor, Field Site Coordinator
E-mail: gruber@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-1567

John Patrick, CRC, NCC, LPC, D.Ed. (Pennsylvania State University), M.S. (University of Scranton), B.A. (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor
E-mail: patrick@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4452

Jeff Samide, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Associate Professor
E-mail: samide@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4123

For faculty bios, visit: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm