Chestnut Hill College’s Master of Science in School Counseling program is guided by the following Mission Statement:
The M.S. in School Counseling program supports a collaborative learning environment that prepares a culturally diverse student body to become competent, responsible, and ethical professional school counselors in both public or private school settings. The school counseling curriculum prepares graduates to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs that are culturally sensitive and that promote the career, personal, social, and academic development of all students.
The program consists of core counseling courses, specialty area courses, and 520 hours of field experience. Our school counselor preparation program is structured around several core tenets:
- Development of personal awareness of the “self” as a counselor;
- Gaining knowledge of the school counseling profession and relevant educational concepts; and
- Skills in counseling and support of students at a variety of age, ability, and developmental levels.
- Licensure and certification: The program meets the academic requirements in Pennsylvania for both School Counseling Certification, and Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC).
- Developed based on the guidelines of the ASCA model
- Timeline to degree completion: Can be completed within two (2) years by taking 9-12 credits per semester.
- Two campus locations: Main Campus, Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Campus, Center Valley, PA
- Full-time and part-time options
- No pre-requisites required
- Classes are offered in a face-to-face, hybrid and online modality: Held in the late afternoon and evenings
- Small to moderate class sizes: Classes typically range from 6-18 students.
- Variety of field experience options
- Qualified faculty: Faculty in our program have a wealth of experience and knowledge about their subject matter. In addition to teaching, many maintain a clinical practice and are actively working as counselors in some capacity.