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The Master of Education in School Counseling degree program is intended for individuals who plan a professional career in school counseling. In this program, the school counselor is viewed as a professional who provides services to all students in a K-12 school setting. In serving this population, the school counselor seeks to facilitate the learning and positive development of all students, and provides preventative, remedial and, at times, crisis intervention services. Thus, at the conclusion of this graduate program, candidates possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will allow them to function effectively in the holistic development of students in the K-12 setting. These competencies are based upon the six unit outcomes which form the foundation for the conceptual framework of the College of Education. These outcomes include becoming a dedicated professional, instructional leader, continuous assessor, educational advocate, collaborative bridge-builder, and reflective decision-maker.
A background in teacher education is NOT a requirement for admission to the School Counseling Program. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible for certification as a K-12 school counselor in Maryland.
The School Counseling Program is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education.
PLEASE NOTE: Students will be admitted for graduate study in School Counseling once a year in the summer. Application deadline is March 1.
Applicants to the M.Ed. in School Counseling Program must comply with the following:
Program Description - 45 credits
EDUC 603 Principles and Practices of Research
EDUC 606 Developmental Theory and Experiential Growth
SCCO 600 Core Counseling Skills
Students seeking a master's degree in School Counseling are required to file a study plan with the Program Coordinator prior to the first course. Once approved, any changes in course work require permission of the Program Coordinator.
Application for Admission to Candidacy is made after completion of 15-18 credit hours of graduate course work. This must include the two Professional Education Core courses (EDUC 603 and EDUC 606) as well as a minimum of six hours in the School Counseling Concentration (including SCCO 600 and SCCO 609). A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is also required, as well as the completion of any provisional admissions requirements. Transfer credits are not counted toward the 15-18 credits unless they are accepted as equivalent courses and then the grades are not calculated in the GPA.
The Program Coordinator together with the program faculty will review the application and make a decision regarding degree candidacy based on evidence of satisfactory academic performance and professional growth and development of the student. If a student's performance is found to be not acceptable, or the student's behavior indicates concern for optimal functioning as a school counselor, the Program Coordinator and program faculty have the right to require that the student be removed from the program based on the student's aptitude, professional growth, or potential. If a student is removed from the program, s/he has the right to appeal to the Graduate Leadership Team of the Education Professions Department . If the appeal is denied, the student may reapply to the program after one year.
All students seeking a degree in School Counseling are required to successfully complete the comprehensive examination. The exam will be given once in the fall and once in the spring. Students typically take the exam during or just prior to their final semester in the program. If there is a question regarding the quality of responses on the comprehensive examination, it will be read by another faculty member. If necessary, the student will have the opportunity to rewrite a question one time, or to complete an oral examination with the School Counseling Faculty.
All students are required to participate in a counseling experience designed to enhance self-growth and self-awareness. This may be individual or group counseling, or a structured workshop, and must be a minimum of 12 contact hours in length. Students are to establish appropriate documentation of this experience with the Program Coordinator.
PLEASE NOTE: A criminal background check will be required by the hiring school system PRIOR TO employment as a School Counselor. In addition, some internship sites may require a criminal background check prior to approving students for the internship placement.
School Counseling Coordinator: Dr. Karla Diehl / Phone: 301-687-4422