Important Information

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Contact Information

Department of Counseling & College Student Personnel
Contact :
Shippen Hall
(717) 477-1668

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Important Dates  

Aug 25, 2014 Fall classes begin

Dec 12, 2014 Graduate Commencement             


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Prospective Students

Below are various links to department and university resources to guide you in your search of graduate studies with the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel Program at Shippensburg University.

Matriculated Students

  • FAQs
    Click here to view frequently asked questions and answers relevant to counseling graduate students
  • Graduate Admissions
    For application forms and information about the application process, click here to access Graduate Admissions information
  • Financial Aid
    For graduate assistantships, graduate residence director appointments, and student loans, contact Financial Aid.
  • Graduate Assistantships [PDF]The link above takes you to a listing of the graduate assistantships at Shippensburg University that students in the Department of Counseling & CSP typically find beneficial in offering applicable experiential opportunities. Shippensburg University welcomes your interest in its graduate assistantships and encourages you to learn more about the diverse opportunities offered here. Typically, assistantships become available March 1st for the following Fall semester. Occasionally, assistantships become available at other times.

To apply for an assistantship online, follow the directions here.

In addition to applying online, you may also contact assistantship supervisors directly. It may be feasible for you to set up a time to meet with supervisors of sites for which you have an interest on the day you come for an on-campus admissions interview. Contact information for supervisors as well as descriptions of assistantships is provided in this listing above.

Non-Matriculated Students

Students not currently enrolled in The Department of Counseling & College Student Personnel program wishing to take courses, but not receive a degree MUST: 

1) Submit a letter from a supervisor or former faculty member to the course instructor.

2) Speak directly to the instructor teaching the class requesting permission to take the course.

3) Upon approval complete a non-matriculated student registration form through the Registrar's Office found at

Students will only be considered with the instructor's permission and if there is available room within the class. Contact the Department Secretary for more information @ 717-477-1668.

Program Accreditation & Certification Information

CACREP - Shippensburg University's Graduate Programs in Counseling and College Student Personnel are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of CACREP accredited programs are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) during the last semester of studies.

NCATE - Shippensburg University's Graduate Program in School Counseling is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

CAS - Shippensburg University's Graduate Program in College Student Personnel complies with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. (CAS)

- Student Certification and Licensure
Because the accreditations, field experiences, and practical of Shippensburg University's Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel are so extensive, students may sit for the certification tests administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors during their final semester. Upon successful completion of the National Counselor Exam, graduates of CACREP approved programs are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors without additional supervised experience.

Students who complete 60 credit hours consistent with the PA Board of Counselor's, Social Worker's, and Marriage and Family Therapists are eligible for licensure as professional counselors; however, they must complete additional post-mater's supervisory experience in order to become licensed.

PRAXIS - School Counseling students are required to successfully complete the reading, writing, and mathematics portion of the PRAXIS examination prior to admission. School Counseling students must complete the Counseling Subject portion of the PRAXIS examination prior to graduation.

PA Department of Education - The Counseling Department is authorized by the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to offer certification programs in Elementary Counseling and Secondary Counseling.

State Licensure Board - For information related to Counselor Licensure in Pennsylvania, contact the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

- Graduate Catalog
The Graduate Catalogue includes information about the Counseling Department, program information, course descriptions, admissions, and policies and procedures.

- Student Manual
The Department of Counseling Student Manual includes a description of the programs, information on admissions and candidacy, department forms, and plans of work as well as other information about the program. Students who are interested in the Counseling Program should review the Student Manual for answers to most of their questions.