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M.S.Ed. School Counseling

Description: The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in School Counseling is comprised of 60 graduate credits and accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Types of Employment: Graduates of the program may obtain employment in the following areas:
• public schools,
• private schools,
• charter schools,
• cyber schools,
• alternative schools,
• intermediate units,
• and university career, admissions, and advising offices.

School Counseling Certification: Graduates of the School Counseling Program receive the program's endorsement for certification as a school counselor (Pre-K-12) in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, applicants for school counseling certification are required to pass the Praxis II-Professional School Counselor (0421-paper / 5421-computer).

Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC): Graduates of the School Counseling Program are also prepared to obtain employment in mental health settings, which may include outpatient and inpatient settings, mobile therapy, substance abuse counseling, career centers, etc., and are eligible to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). The main requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania include 1) a master's degree of at least 48 graduate credits, 2) a total of 60 graduate credits, 3) 700 hours of fieldwork, 4) passing one of 4 national exams, including the National Counselor Exam (NCE), and 5) 3,000 hours of supervised experience under a qualified supervisor.

Employment Outlook: According to the Department of Labor (DOL) projections, there is expected to be a 8% increase in the number of School Counseling positions by the year 2024.

Financial Aid: Many students obtain student loans (federal or private). Students apply for loans through the Financial Aid Office / 412-396-6607.

Graduate Assistant Positions: Duquesne's Counselor Education Program does not have GA positions for master's students, but master's students may apply for graduate assistant and employment positions throughout the university. 

Statistics for School Counseling Graduates

Statistics 2012 2013 2014 2015
Number Enrolled 18 20 47 32
Number of Graduates 34 10 18 11
Completion Rate 100% 96% 89% 90%
LPC Examination Pass Rate 100% 92% 92% 88%
Job Placement Rate No Data 57% 100% 100%

Accreditation by CACREP and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)

Duquesne University's School Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This means that the program uses a nationally recognized, rigorous curriculum based on a core set of standards. The standards for school counseling certification and licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in many states, including Pennsylvania, are based on the CACREP model. Graduates of CACREP accredited programs often find it easier to obtain licensure or certification in other states, and in some states you cannot obtain certification as a school counselor, or licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) without graduating from a CACREP accredited program. CACREP students receive training that is based on the most recent trends in theory and research. Furthermore, CACREP requires that students receive more intensive fieldwork supervision and more hours of fieldwork than many other school counseling programs. There are only approximately 10 school counseling programs in Pennsylvania that are CACREP accredited. The program is also accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for the preparation of students for elementary school counselor (K-6) and secondary school counselor (7-12) certifications.

Program Sequence

To find out information about which courses are required for this program, please review the School Counseling Program Sheet.


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