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)

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.

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:

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

Vital Program Statistics for the Academic Year 2016-17

Admission Criteria

Curriculum - Master's

Curriculum - Certificate

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.


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

Program Coordinator

Grafton Eliason, Ed.D., B.A. (Duquesne University), M.Ed. (Shippensburg University), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), Associate Professor
          Web Page:
           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
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
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
Phone: 724-938-4452

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

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