Our Master's degree in School Counseling prepares students to provide culturally responsive direct services to individuals and groups, conduct workshops, classes, consultation, and prevention programs across developmental levels to assist in developing coping skills for living in a complex and culturally diverse society. Internships are normally conducted in urban school districts. A successful graduate may be employed in a variety of settings such as mental health agencies, social service agencies, college counseling centers, elementary, middle and secondary schools. The attached document (PA Guidelines) describes the mission and intent of school counselor training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in detail. A link to that document is contained below:
The M.Ed. in School Counseling requires the completion of 48 credits and is based upon Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards and competencies for school counselors (Pre-k - 12). These professional preparation programs reflect the increasing level of skills and competencies required for certification as a school counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The M.Ed. programs in school counseling are designed to provide scientifically-based coursework as well as the specialized counseling "common core" coursework, and practical experience and professional concentration for certification as an elementary or secondary counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; The school counseling M.Ed. leads to Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) certification (Prek-12) for school counseling practice.
The faculty seeks to produce counselors who can conceptualize and intervene in preventative, developmental, and therapeutic ways to assist a broad cultural cross-section of individuals to improve their understanding, adjustment, and daily functioning across the life span.
As of January 2014, school counselors in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are certified PreK-12. The Lehigh School Counseling Program now leads to certification at PreK-12 through the Pennsylvania Department of Education TIMS online system.