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Gwynedd Mercy University’s 60-credit M.S. degree program prepares students for certification as K-12 school counselors in Pennsylvania and is aligned with components of the American School Counseling Association’s (ASCA) National Model. The program's format allows students to learn course content online and put theory into practice during two required weekend residencies and subsequent fieldwork experiences.
GMercyU’s program is based on a scholar practitioner model, meaning that students are expected to cultivate both academic accomplishment and interpersonal competence. School Counseling students are provided with a solid academic foundation that includes courses in counseling skills, human development, research methods, group counseling, multicultural counseling, counseling theory, techniques in school counseling, and school counseling orientation. Coursework is supplemented with ample experiential learning, which gives our students hands-on opportunities to work in schools and help children and adolescents navigate difficulties with family, teachers, and peers.
School counselors play a key role in the development of children and teenagers, especially when times are tough at home or in the classroom.
Typical responsibilities for school counselors may include:
GMercyU offers one of the top school counseling programs in PA that will help you succeed in starting your career as a school counselor. In our program, you’ll benefit from personal attention and mentorship provided by our experienced and caring faculty members. Moreover, you’ll be treated as a working professional who can meet our high standards for academic and clinical performance and ethical behavior.
Additionally, students who enroll in this degree will be eligible to pursue certification and/or licensure, the requirements for which vary by location.
Our Master’s Degree in School Counseling consists of 60 credits of course work. The core curriculum makes up 30 of those credits, and the other 30 are within the concentration.
|CNS 507||Disabilities in the School Counseling Setting||3 credits|
|CNS 508||Needs of English Language Learners in the School Counseling Setting||3 credits|
|CNS 523||Intervention of Techniques of School Counseling||3 credits|
|CNS 525||Organization of School Counseling||3 credits|
|CNS 536||Group Counseling and Facilitation Skills for the School Setting||3 credits|
|CNS 608||Internship II (SC)||3 credits|
|CNS 609||Internship III (SC)||3 credits|
|CNS 610||Internship III (SC)||3 credits|
|CNS 527||Electives||9 credits|
*Licensure: This program was designed to meet the licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you reside in a different state, you should carefully review your home state’s licensure requirements prior to enrolling in this program. For more information, please visit our Program Licensure Requirement page.
We will consider you for admission to our school counselor degree program based on your academic ability, expression of interests and goals, life experience, and personal interview.
To apply, you must:
NOTE: If your GPA was lower than 3.0, you must provide proof of acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We require a combined score of 292 or higher, and you must also complete the analytical writing test.
The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who currently hold a graduate degree or applicants who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
You may transfer up to six (6) credits of graduate work completed at an accredited institution for comparable courses in the GMercyU program, provided you earned at least a B in each course. Transfer credit decisions are made on an individual basis.
Potential job titles for school counselor masters program graduates include:
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The post-graduate PreK-12 School Counseling Certification program is a 48-credit program that offers graduates with a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education a pathway to certification as a PreK-12 School Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania.
To become certified, students must:
Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at Gwynedd Mercy University. Up to 24 credits of required Pennsylvania Department of Education certification competencies can be waived based on the student’s prior course work.