Master's (M.Ed.) International School Counseling (Online)

International School Counseling Master's Degree
Our training focuses on the school, the community, and the family.

The Master's of Education in International School Counseling at Lehigh University prepares students to function in professional roles that include three key target areas of the international setting: the school, the community, and the family.

Our hybrid program is delivered on-line in the fall and spring semesters and each summer we offer academic and professional institutes face to face in Bethlehem, PA and in Greece in even years.

The specific goals of this program are to:

  • Create counselors who can conceptualize and intervene in preventative, developmental, and culturally therapeutic ways.

  • Appreciate the diversity of family life and schooling in international communities and understand how the third culture experience abroad impinges differently on the daily lives of transition faced by children and families.

  • Appreciate and embrace the scientific and empirical underpinnings of the counseling field and to work to apply them in culturally appropriate ways.

Although the program emphasizes counseling, students will be expected to be familiar with all three targets areas of intervention. A successful graduate may be employed as a counselor in a variety of settings including: elementary, middle, and secondary schools, community mental health agencies, and hospitals.

Curriculum for Master of Education in International School Counseling 

The Master’s program in International School Counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors for practice in school and community settings. This program provides students with an understanding of the counselor's role within the context of a global third culture community in overseas schools and communities. Coursework addresses fundamental counseling and intervention skills for use in schools, community, work, and family settings. The International Counseling program is developmental/contextual in nature and presumes that counselors must work in an increasingly diverse cultural and economic environment, and that school/community counselors must understand and be prepared to adapt to changing societal condition and demands placed upon individuals and families in home and work settings. 

^ - In Bethlehem or International Location
Summer Institute I - Summer Session I ^  
CPSY 452 Helping Skills in International Settings * + 3
CPSY 453 International School Counseling * + 3
Year I  
Fall Semester  
CPSY 436 Culture-Centered Career Intervention (online) * 3
January Intersession  
EDUC 403 Research (online) 3
Spring Semester  
CPSY 442 Counseling and Therapeutic Approaches (online) * 3
SPED 332 Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs in K-12 (online)  
Summer Institute II - Summer Session II ^  
CPSY 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 3
CSY 440 Introduction to Family Counseling 3

or CPSY 466 

Current Issues in Counseling and Therapy: School-based Small-group Counseling  
CPSY 430 Professional Seminar * 3
Year 2  
Fall Semester  
CPSY 480 Master's Internship I (online) 3
Spring Semester  
CPSY 466 Current Issues in Counseling and Therapy (online) 3
CPSY 483 Master's Internship II (online) 3
Total Credits 36
NOTE:  Online courses may be offered in a variety of formats, including synchronous (i.e., everyone online at the same time), asynchronous (i.e., each student goes online at different times based on his/her schedule), or a combination of these formats.

Click here to view the course catalog which provides descriptions of the courses.

Application Requirements & Deadlines