Earn your online master's degree in school counseling at GMercyU

Online Master of Science in School Counseling

Become Part of the Student Success Support Network

Counselors have a unique opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of young people. If you’re ready to help students through counseling, you can pursue an online master’s degree aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model at Gwynedd Mercy University.

Our online Master's Degree in School Counseling can help you pursue certification as an Elementary and Secondary School Counselor, (PreK-12) within the state of Pennsylvania.

The GMercyU Difference

GMercyU’s professional curriculum emphasizes helping processes and behavioral sciences, equipping you to provide students support with social, academic, emotional, and career development issues. 

The program encourages you to develop a reflective practitioner's mindset, in which you continually assess your own performance and pursue ongoing professional development to better serve your school. You will also establish a sense of duty to the wider school community as well as the students you counsel. 

And you can do it in a format that respects your career and family obligations. You’ll complete your coursework online, taking each class in seven-week blocks, using industry-leading interactive collaboration tools. You’ll carry out in-person practicum experiences with support and personal guidance from our expert faculty members. After graduation, you’ll be prepared to take your skills to the students—and schools—that need them most. 

What You Will Learn - Online Master's Degree in School Counseling

The online MSEd in School Counseling prepares you to provide counseling support to children and teenagers in PreK-12 settings. You will improve your professional presentation and communication skills and become fluent in the research evaluation methods you need to pursue self-directed professional development after graduation. 

As a GMercyU graduate, you will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge in support of your professional practice
  • Articulate school counseling history and theory
  • Develop a comprehensive school counselor curriculum
  • Recognize stages of human development and identify best practices in working with differing stages of development
  • Apply career development models and guide career development
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of evidence-based intervention and assessment techniques that are appropriate and effective in meeting the developmental needs of students
  • Provide consultation and assistance to all students, their families, school personnel and related agencies

After completing this program, you will need to pass the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) and the Praxis II Professional School Counselor examination to become eligible for certification.

An Educational Community Dedicated to Your Succes - And Your Students' Success

GMercyU faculty members bring direct school counseling experience, research backgrounds, and a passion for teaching to your program. Your classmates come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds—but share a common dedication to improving student well-being. The combination of mentorship and insights this community provides will help you effectively create a safe, productive counseling environment for all of your students.

Upon graduation, you and your classmates will join our extensive network of alumni. The colleagues, contacts, and friends you meet will inspire you to continue to discover the Next.

Admission Requirements – Master's Degree in School Counseling

To qualify for admission to our online MSEd program in School Counseling, you must provide:

  • Proof you have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.* You must submit official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A current professional resume
  • A writing sample stating your professional and academic goals (one page, double-spaced)
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms
  • A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet) on the TOEFL examination if English is not your native language

*If your GPA was lower than 3.0, we encourage you to apply for evaluation on a case by case basis. Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee.


The online MS in School Counseling includes 48 credits of coursework. You will complete your coursework online before undertaking a 100-hour practicum and two 210-hour internships in person at each level (PreK-8 and 9-12).

Course Requirements – 48 credits

CNS 504 Human Development
CNS 505* Foundations of Counseling
CNS 510 Research Skills for Reflective Practitioners
CNS 513 School Counseling Practicum, Professional Seminar and Supervision (Field Experience)
CNS 520* Theories of Counseling
CNS 521 Assessment Techniques in Counseling
CNS 523* Intervention Techniques in Counseling
CNS 525* Organization of School Counseling
CNS 527 Social Justice, Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling
CNS 531 College and Career Readiness
CNS 535* Group Counseling and Facilitation Skills
CNS 581 Foundations of Special Education in an Inclusionary Setting
CNS 582 Effective Communication for Educators
CNS 591 Curriculum Development and Peer Coaching
CNS 608 School Counseling Internship I and Supervision (Field Experience)
CNS 609 School Counseling Internship II and Supervision (Field Experience)

*Prerequisites for all field experience courses.

To review course descriptions, please refer to the graduate catalog (PDF).


Help Students Achieve More

Learn more about how you can become a school counselor with our innovative online master’s degree program. Call 844-707-9064 or e-mail accelerate@gmercyu.edu to contact an admissions counselor. You also can begin your application online now! 

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Career Outcomes

What You Can Do With a Master's in School Counseling

The online MS in School Counseling prepares you to provide counseling support to children and teenagers in PreK-12 schools and mental health settings. You will improve your professional presentation and communication skills and become fluent in the research evaluation methods you need to pursue self-directed professional development after graduation.

School counseling is a growing occupation: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 12% growth in the number of school counselors needed over the 2012-2022 period.