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M.S. in School Counseling Curriculum

M.S. in School Counseling Curriculum

Shared Core Courses with M.S. in Clinical & Counseling Psychology (30 credits) *

PSYG 500 (3) Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSYG 503 (3) Psychopathology
PSYG 506 (3) Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I (prerequisite: 503)
PSYG 510 (3) Research Design and Methodology
PSYG 512 (3) Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy (prerequisite: 500, 503)
PSYG 514 (3) Development across the Lifespan: Individual and Family
PSYG 530 (3) Group Therapy
PSYG 532 (3) The Role of Culture & Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSYG 542 (3) Career Development and Counseling
PSYG 662 (3) Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents (prerequisite: 514)
* PSYG 608 Couple & Family Therapy, a core requirement for the M.S. in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, will be waived for School Counseling students.        

School Counseling Courses (12 credits)  

SCHC 501 (3) Foundations of School Counseling I
SCHC 502 (3) Foundations of School Counseling II
EDSP 530 (3) Theory and Pedagogy in Special Education
EDSP 535 (3) Evaluation/Assessment and the Law for Students with Disabilities

Clinical Training (7 credits)  

SCHC 704 (1) School Counseling Pre-Practicum (20 hours)
SCHC 705 (3) School Counseling Practicum (100 hours)
SCHC 715 (3) School Counseling Internship (420 total hours)

Total = 49 Credits

Additional credits for Licensure (LPC)

As the State of Pennsylvania requires students to complete a 60-credit program to qualify for the educational component of licensure application, students who complete the M.S. in School Counseling and seek to apply for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status will need to register for the Post-Master's Certificate of Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation which includes four (4) additional courses (12 credits) beyond the 49 credits required for the M.S. in School Counseling degree, as follows:

PSYG 508 (3) Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II (prerequisite 506)
PSYG 536 (3) Psychological Assessment
PSYG 715 (3) Counseling Internship (300 total hours)
PSYG 725 (3) Counseling Internship (300 total hours)


For those with a Master's degree in Counseling and/or a Counseling related field, the School of Professional Psychology offers coursework needed to complete the academic and clinical requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist.

The State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors reviews applicants' materials and determines what coursework, if any, is needed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as either a Licensed Professional Counselor or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. The State Board is the only entity that can determine if a candidate has met all the requirements for licensure. 

Therefore, applicants pursuing this option must contact the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board prior to application to Chestnut Hill’s program. Once the State Board has assessed your coursework and identified what courses you need to take to become licensure eligible, you may then contact the Program Director to discuss course selection/options.


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