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Master of Science in School Counseling

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Gwynedd Mercy University's Master of Science in School Counseling is now offered fully online and in an accelerated format, offering students the flexibility and ease of obtaining an advanced degree in a convenient format.

 

Master of Science in School Counseling (48 credits)

The School Counseling Program at Gwynedd–Mercy College seeks to provide a strong grounding in the skills necessary for entry into the school counseling profession with particular emphasis on the study of the helping processes and the behavioral sciences.  The curriculum, which aligns with the components of the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) National Model, is designed to encourage reflective practice whereby the counselor consistently reviews his/her behavior in light of its effectiveness and in relation to current research findings.  School counselor-trainees are also given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in supervised practicum settings with children and adolescents.

In keeping with the guidelines of the American School Counselors Association, the counselor in the school should assist in the growth and development of various individuals within the school environment. While the primary responsibility of the counselor is to the student he or she serves, the counselor’s professional responsibilities also extend to parents, school, and community.  Because of his/her unique position, the counselor is involved in the development of comprehensive services to assist students in their academic, personal/social, and career development.

Students who complete the program successfully will be eligible for certification as Elementary or Secondary School Counselors within the state of Pennsylvania, with a dual certification option available. Applicants for the school counseling program must meet the requirements of Chapter 354, Preparation of Professional Educators. The program is divided into three sequences, which integrate theory and research knowledge with appropriate field experiences in the various competency areas.  

Core Education Program Courses (12 credits)

EDU 504 Human Development
EDU 510 Research Skills for the Reflective Educator
EDU 581 Foundations of Special Education in an Inclusionary Setting
EDU 582 Communication Skills for Educators

Core Counseling Courses (30 credits)

EDU 505 Foundations of Counseling
EDU 520 Theories of Counseling
EDU 521 Assessment Techniques in Counseling
EDU 523 Intervention Techniques in Guidance & Counseling
EDU 525 Organization of School Counseling
EDU 527 Social Justice, Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling
EDU 531 Career Development
EDU 535 Group Counseling & Facilitation Skills
EDU 591 SAS Curriculum Development and Peer Coaching
EDU 601 Capstone/Culminating Project
* 60 Pre-Practicum hours (embedded within courses)


Practicum/Field Experience (6-12 credits)
     
Elementary School Counselor Certification (6 credits)    

EDU 604/605 Elementary School Counseling Practicum I &  II (300 hours)

Secondary School Counselor Certification (6 credits)    
EDU 606/607 Secondary School Counseling Practicum I & II (300 hours)

Elementary & Secondary School Counselor Certification (12 credits)
EDU 604/605 Elementary School Counseling Practicum I & II (300 hours)
EDU 606/607 Secondary School Counseling Practicum I & II (300 hours)
 
* Students needing more than 14 weeks to complete the practicum experience(s) should contact the School Counseling Program Director.

Note:  All field experiences/practicums must be coordinated through the Director of Student Teaching.  All certification eligibility will be approved be the Certification Officer.

 

To receive information about the program dial 1-877-499-6333.