It is important to accurately represent your credentials while you are a matriculated student in any one of our four specializations in the Department. As such please be certain that you follow these guidelines, failure to do so could result in you inadvertently misrepresenting yourself to the public and/or to potential employers. Such a violation could result in an ethics charge - so, please protect your reputation by simply paying attention to guidelines. (For additional information regarding ethical violation charges and potential consequences please see the ACA Code of Ethics 2013, p. 9; Professional Responsibility, C.4.a, Accurate Representation.)
Simply stated we present ourselves to the public with credentials earned, not with credentials in progress. For example: If you are currently a matriculated student, meaning that you have NOT yet EARNED the Master's degree in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College Counseling, or College Student Personnel, you may NOT list M.S. or M.Ed. after your name. Although it is common “acceptable resume building” language, DO NOT list “anticipated” or “candidate” or “expected date of graduation 2017.” Such qualifiers (including any future date) are easily misread and place you at risk of misrepresentation.
Here are two acceptable signature blocks:
- Alfred B. Sniglitz, B.A.,
Currently matriculated in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's degree program at Shippensburg University
- Alfred C. Sniglitz
Currently enrolled in the College Student Personnel Master's degree program at Shippensburg University
In case you have previously earned a “first (prior) Master's degree,” you must be perfectly clear in representing that credential to insure that you do NOT to confuse or mislead a reader to believe that an M.Ed or M.S. might have been earned in counseling or college student personnel. For an example, you are matriculated in the School Counseling specialization but you have previously earned an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, you may list this degree previously earned but you must be clear that it is an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction; clarity is paramount here. For example:
- Alfred A. Sniglitz, M.Ed (Curriculum and Instruction, 2011)
Currently enrolled/matriculated in the School Counseling Master's degree program at Shippensburg University
Be absolutely certain that this protocol is followed in your entire personal and professional interface with the public, to include but not be limited to Facebook, Linked-In, your ID on Monster.com, your Resume, your business card, your e-mail signature, any application for internship, employment, or any other purpose. If you have any questions, please speak to your advisor or any of the Department faculty.