Secondary School Counseling Emphasis Curriculum and Course Schedule

Curriculum and course schedule for the secondary school counseling emphasis.

Outline for the emphasis (M.Ed. plus Pennsylvania Certification)

Completion of the 55-credit program meets the academic requirements for the Master of Education degree as well as those for certification in secondary school counseling in Pennsylvania.

To become certified by the state of Pennsylvania, students must pass three basic skills tests (PPST) and the school guidance counselor test.

Students seeking to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and/or a National Certified Counselor need to take two additional 3-hour courses and pass the appropriate licensed and/or certification test. Meeting these additional professional requirements is strongly encouraged in order to maximize the professional opportunities available to graduates.


Fall Semester (15 credits)
CN ED 404 (3) Group Procedures in Guidance & Counseling
CN ED 500 (3) Introduction to Counseling & Development
CN ED 501 (3) Counseling: Theory & Method
CN ED 504 Sec (3) Guidance Services in Secondary Education
CN ED 506 (3) Individual Counseling Procedures

Spring Semester (15-18 credits)
CN ED 505 (3) Foundations of Career Development & Counseling Information
CN ED 530 (3) Family Counseling: Theory & Practice
CN ED 595A Sec (3) Counseling Practicum
SPLED 400* (4) Inclusive Special Education Foundations
ELECTIVE * (3)

Summer Semester (6 credits)
CN ED 508 (3) Organization & Administration of Guidance Programs
CN ED 524 Sec (3) Counseling Adolescents

Fall Semester (12-15 credits)
CN ED 507 (3) Multicultural Issues in Counseling
CN ED 526 (3) Counseling Research
CN ED 595F Sec (3) Secondary School Counseling Internship
ELECTIVE * (3)

Spring Semester (12 credits)
CN ED 525 (3) Use of Tests in Counseling
CN ED 595F Sec (3) Secondary School Counseling Internship
CN ED 596 (3) Independent Study (Master’s Paper)
EDPSY 408 (3) Meeting Instructional Needs of English Language Learners with Special Needs
ELECTIVE* (3)

*Whichever of these courses is not taken during the fall semester should be scheduled and taken in the spring semester. SPLED 400 must be taken during one of these semesters (Spring year one or two, Fall year two). Electives should be taken in the other two semesters.


Requirements for Pennsylvania Certification when master's degree has been previously obtained

Applicants who have a master's degree and are seeking Pennsylvania certification as a secondary school counselor will have to demonstrate that they have met the certification requirements listed below previously or after having been accepted as a Certification student in Counselor Education. To be certified by the state of Pennsylvania, students must pass three basic skills tests (PPST) and the school guidance counselor test.

 

CN ED 404 (3) Group Procedures in Guidance & Counseling
CN ED 500 (3) Introduction to Counseling & Development
CN ED 501 (3) Counseling: Theory & Method
CN ED 504 Sec (3) Guidance Services in Secondary Education
CN ED 505 (3) Foundations of Career Development & Counseling Information
CN ED 506 (3) Individual Counseling Procedures
CN ED 507 (3) Multicultural Issues in Counseling
CN ED 508 (3) Organization & Administration of Guidance Programs
CN ED 525 (3) Use of Tests in Counseling
CN ED 526 (3) Counseling Research
CN ED 530 (3) Family Counseling: Theory & Practice
CN ED 595A (3) Counseling Practicum
CN ED 595F Sec (6) Secondary School Counseling Internship
CN ED 524 Sec (3) Counseling Adolescents
SPLED 400 (4) Inclusive Special Education Foundations
EDPSY 408 (3) Meeting Instructional Needs of English Language Learners with Special Needs

The "minimum expectations" stated under the M.Ed. Admission Requirements apply to both certification-seeking and degree-seeking applicants, as does the Precertification Competency Examination on Educating the Handicapped.