Secondary School Counseling Emphasis


The secondary school counseling emphasis in the Counselor Education (M.Ed.) Master's Program at Penn State is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The curriculum is also consistent with standards and guidelines of national professional associations. For additional information about this emphasis, please contact the Coordinator, Dr. Julia Bryan (phone (814) 863-2402; Email: ).

The purpose of this emphasis is to prepare counselor trainees:

  • for certification by the State of Pennsylvania and to work as school counselors in middle schools and high schools

  • to function effectively in comprehensive, developmental counseling programs in schools

  • for multiple school counselor roles

  • to effectively assist middle school and high school students with their educational development, career development, and personal/social development

  • to serve a diverse population with diverse needs

A well rounded program is attained through emphasis on:

  • addressing middle and high school student's academic, personal, and professional development

  • individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, conflict resolution, group guidance and psychoeducation, crisis response, student appraisal, case management, consultation, advocacy, program development and evaluation, and coordination and administration of counseling programs


  • addressing the systemic nature of schools, focusing upon the benefits of counseling for all students, parents, schools, and communities

  • multicultural counseling, educational equity, and closing opportunity gaps among groups of students

  • incorporating 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 in middle and high schools