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Master of Education in Counseling /Master of Science in Counseling and College Student Personnel


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Counseling and College Student Personnel Program

The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel teaches the skills necessary for the professional practice of counseling and college student personnel work. Our emphasis on personal growth encourages each student to gain competencies, values, and beliefs that will enhance and facilitate the helping process. Ship’s MEd and MS in Counseling programs also facilitate the conceptualization of a professional role, which is not only relevant for the present, but also flexible enough to grow as new knowledge and development occurs.

We nurture students to become congruent lifelong learners, noble 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, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be purposeful, effective practitioners with a strong sense of personal and professional identity.

Graduates have successfully obtained positions in elementary and secondary schools as well as major universities. Other graduates work in community mental health organizations, group homes, services agencies, substance abuse facilities, hospitals, and crisis units.

The department offers the following graduate degree specializations in counseling:

  • Master of Education and certification as 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. Students 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.

Licensure Exams

Because the department is accredited, a student may sit for the certification tests administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Upon successful completion of the National Counselor Exam, students are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors without additional supervised experience.

Students who complete 60 credits consistent with the Pennsylvania Board of Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists are eligible for licensure as professional counselors; however, they must complete additional post-master’s supervisory experience in order to become licensed.

Counseling and College Student Personnel Admission Requirements

Generally, the admission procedure requires a full academic semester for processing applications, credentials, references, and the required on-campus group interview. Students are encouraged to begin this process at least two full semesters prior to the desired starting date.

Applicants for admission to any area of specialization must meet the requirements for the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel in addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study, which include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Applicants to clinical mental health, college student personnel, and college counseling specializations must present an official undergraduate transcript with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA or successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants to school counseling must present an official undergraduate transcript with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. GRE and MAT scores are not applicable to the school counseling specialization.

  • Applicants to all specializations are expected to have a minimum of one year’s experience (paid or volunteer) in the area to which they are applying. Each specialization may have additional criteria that applicants must meet in order to qualify for admission into that particular specialization. The department requires you fill out the Experience Form.

  • Once the completed packet is submitted, the Admissions Committee will review it and invite successful applicants to the next available on-campus group interview session. Faculty interviewing the candidate will assess the applicant on criteria including: maturity, openness, ability to listen, understanding of the profession, clarity of career goals/appropriateness of our program for these goals, ability to deal with stress, and relevant academic/life/work experience

  • Applicants should complete the:

These along with overall impressions from the on-campus interview, department faculty and the department Admissions Committee to determine admission to the program assess each applicant.

Counseling and College Student Personnel Degree Requirements

Graduate work in counseling and college student personnel is divided into three phases. Students should follow the sequence of course work within each phase as closely as possible. Frequent consultation with a faculty advisor is necessary. All students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Master of Education and Certification: School Counseling Specialization

Minimum — 60 credits

Dual School Counseling students must take the PRAXIS II exam 420 (School Guidance and Counseling) before they graduate. Passing the exam is necessary for state certification.

Phase I (27 credits)

  • CNS504 Introduction to School Counseling
  • CNS559 Introduction to Helping Services
  • CNS515 Career Development
  • CNS 600 Research and Statistics
  • CNS519 Implications of Human Development
  • CNS578 Pre-Practicum in Counseling
  • EEC526 Working with Students with Exceptionalities*
  • ELP516 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction, Pk-12*
  • RDG413 Teaching Reading to English Language Learners*
    (*only needed if not PA certified)

Phase II (24 credits)

  • CNS585 Practicum in Counseling
  • CNS573 Theories of Counseling
  • CNS522 Assessment Techniques in Counseling
  • CNS512 Group Counseling Leadership Skills
  • CNS505 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Services
  • CNS509 Multicultural Counseling
  • CNS588 Counseling Strategies & Techniques
  • CNS567 Counseling Children

Phase III (6 credits)

  • CNS580 Clinical Field Experience I
  • CNS589 Clinical Field Experience II

Electives (3 credits) (Choose one)

  • CNS508 Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • CNS510 Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • CNS524 The DSM and Psychopathology for a CNS Perspective (Offered Spring only) (Pre-req.: CNS559)
  • CNS564 Grief and Loss Issues in Counseling
  • CNS570 Working w/Dreams, Sand tray and Music (Offered Summer only) (Pre-req.: CNS578)

Master of Science: College Counseling Specialization

Minimum — 48 credits

Phase I (15 credits)

  • CNS559 Introduction to Helping Services
  • CNS515 Career Development
  • CNS600 Research and Statistics
  • CNS519 Implications of Human Development
  • CNS578 Pre-Practicum in Counseling

Phase II (27 credits)

  • CNS585 Practicum in Counseling
  • CNS573 Theories of Counseling
  • CNS522 Assessment Techniques in Counseling
  • CNS512 Group Counseling Leadership Skills
  • CNS509 Multicultural Counseling
  • CNS560 Introduction to College Personnel Work
  • CNS565 The College Student and the College Environment
  • CNS588 Counseling Strategies and Techniques
  • CNS524 The DSM and Psychopathology for a CNS Perspective
  • CNS585 Practicum in Counseling

Phase III (6 credits)

  • CNS580 Clinical Field Experience I
  • CNS589 Clinical Field Experience II

Master of Science: College Student Personnel Specialization

Minimum — 48 credits

Phase I (12 credits)

  • CNS559 Introduction to Helping Services
  • CNS515 Career Development
  • CNS600 Research and Statistics
  • CNS578 Pre-Practicum in Counseling

Phase II (21 credits)  

  • CNS585 Practicum in Counseling
  • CNS587 Research Seminar in Counseling
  • CNS522 Assessment Techniques in Counseling
  • CNS512 Group Counseling Leadership Skills
  • CNS509 Multicultural Counseling
  • CNS560 Introduction to College Personnel Work
  • CNS565 The College Student and the College Environment

Phase III (15 credits)

  • CNS562 Student Personnel Work in Higher Education
  • CNS580 Clinical Field Experience I
  • CNS589 Clinical Field Experience II
  • Two electives (course selected with approval of advisor) can be taken anytime during the program.
  • Research Project

Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization

Minimum — 60 credits

Phase I (18 credits)

  • CNS559 Introduction to Helping Services
  • CNS578 Pre-Practicum in Counseling
  • CNS568 Professional Orientation to Mental Health Counseling
  • CNS573 Theories of Counseling
  • CNS512 Group Counseling Leadership Skills
  • CNS524 The DSM and Psychopathology from a CNS Perspective

Phase II (27 credits)

The following courses must be taken prior to enrolling in Clinical Field Experience I:

  • CNS585 Practicum in Counseling
  • CNS588 Counseling Strategies and Techniques
  • CNS510 Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • CNS508 Marital, Couple and Family Counseling

The following courses can be taken anytime during the program once the prerequisite requirements have been met:

  • CNS509 Multicultural Counseling
  • CNS515 Career Development
  • CNS519 Implications of Human Development
  • CNS522 Assessment Techniques in Counseling
  • CNS600 Research and Statistics

Elective Courses (6 credits) 

  • CNS564 Grief and Loss Issues in Counseling
  • CNS567 Counseling Children
  • CNS570 Working with Dreams, Sand tray and Music (Pre-req. CNS578)

Phase III (9 credits)

  • CNS580 Clinical Field Experience I
  • CNS589 Clinical Field Experience II
  • CNS590 Advanced Clinical Field Experience

Admission to Candidacy

To become a degree candidate, a student must first complete the common core curriculum required of all graduate counseling and college student personnel students. Then, after consultation with a faculty advisor, students will be interviewed for admission to candidacy for subsequent completion of their degree. This procedure helps to assure that each admitted student has the intellectual capacity, counseling skills, and professional commitment to succeed.

Accreditation and Certification Approval

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).

Counseling and College Student Personnel Faculty

The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel faculty is diversified in fields of specialization. All have been or are practitioners, and all teaching faculty hold doctorates in their field.