What can Graduates do with this Degree?
Graduates with an M.S. in School Counseling may obtain employment as/in:
- School counselors in public, charter, cyber, and alternative schools as well as in intermediate units
- School-based therapists
- Work in College/University Career Centers, Academic Advising, Student Support Centers, and Admissions offices.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for school counselors is projected to grow 8-12 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollments in elementary, middle, and high schools is expected to increase the demand for school counselors. As enrollments grow, schools will likely require more counselors to respond to the developmental and academic needs of their students.
Graduates who opt to complete 61 credit hours will also be eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. With this credential, students may obtain employment in mental health counseling positions (e.g., outpatient, in-home, family-based, private practice, etc.).
Our program prepares graduates for school counseling certification in Pennsylvania as well as licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), which is essential for employment in the mental health field and private practice. Students may complete the Master of Science in School Counseling program within two years but have the option of completing the program on a part-time basis. Classes are offered in the late afternoon, early evening and, occasionally, on Saturdays and are mostly in-person classes with a few being taught in a hybrid or fully on-line format.
To learn about PA licensing requirements see the following links:
- Pennsylvania Licensing Board
- Certification information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s site
School counselors do not require CACREP accreditation to practice in schools in the United States. CACREP accreditation is not required for a license as a professional counselor in many jurisdictions within the U.S.