Career Counseling Emphasis Information

Career counseling homepage. General information about this emphasis.

The Career Counseling emphasis in the Counselor Education M.Ed. Program at Penn State is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The curriculum also reflects training in all career counseling competencies identified by the National Career Development Association. It takes two-years of full-time graduate study, or its equivalent, to complete this 60 credit hour master’s degree. For additional information about this emphasis, please contact the Coordinator, Dr. Diandra Prescod (phone 814-863-8115; Email: ).

The purposes of this emphasis are to:

  • prepare students to excel as career counselors working in the exciting and vibrant field of career development
  • prepare students to work in a world of cultural diversity, complex work, and global recession and unemployment
  • prepare students to provide career counseling services to children, adolescents, and/or adults
  • provide students with the skills necessary to be an effective professional counselor, with specific expertise in career development across the life span and a specialization in providing career counseling in a specific practice setting (K-12 schools, higher education, community settings, and private practice settings)
  • prepare students for National Certification as a Professional Counselor 
  • prepare students for Licensure as a Professional Counselor


A well rounded program is provided by emphasizing:

  • counseling skills (individual and group), assessment skills (formal and informal), providing developmentally appropriate career interventions to individuals and groups, research/evaluation skills, program promotion, management, and implementation skills, and the skills to use information resources effectively
  • the skills necessary to help others develop a life-career plan, with a focus on the definition of the worker role and how that role interacts with other life roles
  • the incorporation of counseling theory, skills and techniques into experiential learning modes including role-playing and genuine counseling situations through practicum at the CEDAR Clinic and supervised internship at Career Services

Populations you can work with include, but are not limited to:

  • college students
  • veterans
  • immigrants
  • individuals with disabilities
  • retirees
  • individuals reentering the workforce
  • young mothers and fathers
  • international students
  • ...EVERYONE!