master of education school counseling degree

Master of Science in School Counseling (PreK-12th Grade)

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 of Science School Counseling program (MS) 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 support to students in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional development.

This program also features a format that respects your career and family obligations. You’ll complete your coursework online using industry-leading interactive collaboration tools. You’ll carry out in-person field 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.

A Comprehensive School Counseling Master’s Program

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 Praxis II Professional School Counselor examination to become eligible for certification.

Join the GMercyU Learning Community

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.


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

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

*Prerequisites for all field experience courses.

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

Our Outstanding Faculty

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.