The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel nurtures our students to become lifelong learners, skilled practitioners, and leaders in the profession who embrace inquiry, technology, and innovative practices. Through authentic relationships with invested faculty who model intentional practice based firmly in theory and cultural advocacy, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be a purposeful, effective practitioner with a strong sense of personal and professional identity.
The department offers the following graduate degree specializations in counseling:
- Master of Education and certification as K-12 school counselors
- Master of Science with specialization in clinical mental health counseling
- Master of Science with specialization in college counseling or college student personnel
The counseling and college student personnel program is a careful balance of theory with practice. You are required to complete a minimum of three internships. Over the years, the department has established numerous sites for experiential learning. These sites include elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, public and private social service agencies, and hospitals. Learning sites are jointly selected between the advisor and student with advisement.
The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The department is also authorized by the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to offer certification in School Counseling.
In addition, the College Student Personnel, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College Counseling, and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). Accreditation in counseling is closely related to the credentialing process established by the American Counseling Association (ACA). The College Student Personnel program complies with standards promoted by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).
Because the department is accredited, you may sit for the certification tests administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Upon successful completion of the National Counselor Exam, you will be eligible to become a Nationally Certified Counselor without additional supervised experience.
If you complete 60 credits consistent with the Pennsylvania Board of Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, you will be eligible for licensure as a professional counselor; however, you must complete additional post-master's supervisory experience in order to become licensed.