School Counseling PK-12 (M.Ed.)

School Counseling PK-12 (M.Ed.)

Commonwealth University's Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, PK-12 School Counseling provides a balance of academic and theoretical learning with a strong focus on practical application of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to prepare students to lead as 21st century school counselors. The program specifically prepares students to become leaders, advocates, and change agents as outlined by the American School Counselor Association National Model.

Our Program

M.S. School Counseling Program Details
  • Courses delivered 100% online with an​ in-person practicum/internship in schools (in your preferred geographic location).
  • 48 credit hours, with full-time and part-time options. Full-time students generally finish in 2 years.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Approved​ ​PK-12 Certification (work at elementary, middle, and high school levels)​.
  • Great fit for students from ANY UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR! But most common undergraduate majors include psychology, sociology, education, social work, and communications.
  • The core faculty consists of experts in the field of school counseling, current school counseling professionals, and other university professors of education. who provide optimal learning opportunities. Our program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and program completers are eligible to earn a Pennsylvania PK-12 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Certificate.
Required Courses

Leadership Core (6 credits)

  • EDL501 Organizational Behavior & Program Development
  • EDL503 School Law, Ethics, and Finance

Research Core (6 credits)

  • EDL502 Data Driven Decisions
  • EDL590 Educational Research and Writing

PK-12 School Counseling Courses (36 credits)

  • COUN500 Counseling Skills and Helping Relationships
  • COUN502 Career Development and Post Secondary Readiness

  • COUN508 Appraisal Techniques
  • COUN510 Group Counseling and Leadership Skills
  • COUN520 Human Growth and Development
  • COUN525 Multicultural Counseling Competency
  • COUN550 Orientation to Professional School Counseling
  • COUN555 Contemporary Issues in Professional School Counseling
  • COUN597 Practicum in School Counseling
  • COUN598 Internship in School Counseling
  • Counseling Elective (with program coordinator permission)
Admissions and Application Process
  • Complete a graduate school application (Contact Dr. Cerrito for application fee waiver)
  • Submit an official undergraduate transcript (3.0 undergraduate GPA)
  • Submit a Statement of Goals that explains the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a graduate career as a school counselor
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic suitability and professional demeanor
Academic Requirements
  • To earn the M. Ed. with certification, candidates must complete all requirements for the 48 credit degree and pass the School Counseling Praxis Exam.
  • Candidates interested in certification only are reviewed on an individual basis to review courses and credits required to earn PA school counseling certification. Certification only is reserved for those students who already have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field. Students pursuing certification only must also pass the Praxis exam.

Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who do not take classes in either the Fall and/or Spring semester(s) will be considered inactive in MyHusky. Students are required to contact their Academic Advisor or Graduate Program Coordinator with their request to be reactivated. Their request is then forwarded to the Graduate Office, who will process the reactivation. Students have six calendar years to complete their chosen degree or certification program.

Transfer Credits

Upon acceptance, students desiring to transfer credits may make this request upon application to their chosen program. Upon approval, degree students may transfer up to a maximum of nine semester hours or parallel courses (determined by BU) from accredited institutions. These courses will be applied towards completing the degree requirements of the program. However, no courses will be transferred in which a grade less than a B was earned. Pass/fail grades are not acceptable.




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School Counseling Program

Julie Cerrito, Ph.D., NCC, NCSC, ACS
121 Waller Administration Building

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