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The Saint Vincent College Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education, certifying in PA School Counseling PK-12, prepares candidates for a career as a professional counselor in the school setting. Candidates will receive instruction in school policies and clinical counseling for children and young adults. The 39-credit program is contemporary in design in that it addresses current trends and theory and includes extensive competency-based fieldwork, PK-12, that prepares candidates for the 21st century. The program is designed to provide excellent training and experiences in current methods, trends and strategies to become effective school counselors. Candidates will be offered resources, professional contacts and tools that enable a pre-service counselor to be successful and effective in guiding youth to reach academic, social and professional goals. Candidates will be exposed to current philosophies, assessment reporting, community collaboration, creative practices and proactive counselor trends that help develop student achievement and a strong school leadership team. Candidates graduating from this program will be prepared to take the Praxis II: Professional School Counselor exam.
Courses Required for Master’s in School Counseling (39 credits):
GCCE 601 Orientation to Counselor Education, Services, and TechnologyGCCE 611 Career and Lifestyle Counseling GCED 650 Human Learning GCCE 621 Counseling of Children and Young Adults GCCE 631 Theory and Practices of Group CounselingGCCE 641 Counseling Techniques for Violent, Addictive and Abusive Behaviors GCED 605 Statistics and Research Design GCED 615 Curriculum and Systems DesignGCED 620 Assessment and Diagnostics GCED 645 Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives in Education GCSE 607 Family and Professional Collaboration GCSE 697 Teaching Culturally Diverse Students with Limited English Proficiencies GCCE 651 Pre-Practicum in School Counseling GCCE 661 Practicum in Counselor EducationGCCE 671 Internship in Counselor Education
Sequence and Schedule
The Counselor Education master’s degree is designed to be an accelerated 39-credit hours program that can be completed in approximately 20 months. Courses are held in the fall, spring and summer semesters in accelerated 7-week sessions offered one night per week between the hours of 6 and 10 pm and one Saturday per course. Each full semester has two accelerated 7-week sessions. Thus, students can take two courses a term driving to campus one evening per week. At the close of the coursework, a comprehensive exam is taken. The exam is offered each term, enabling students to graduate year around. An additional final competency evaluation is required along with a portfolio of experiences and resources illustrating the student’s proficiency in school counseling (PK-12).
Regular Admission Possess an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts must be submitted from each institution attended to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education.
Provisional Acceptance If a student does not meet the above requirements for regular admission to the graduate programs in education, consideration will be given for acceptance on a provisional basis. The student will be required to maintain a 3.75 GPA over the course of completing three graduate classes. If the student is able to maintain a 3.75 grade point average he/she will be reviewed for regular admission. A student within this status will not be allowed to take more than 9 credits of graduate coursework. If the student is not able to maintain a 3.75 GPA after completing 9 credits of graduate coursework, regular admission will be denied. The provisional acceptance will still allow a student to qualify for financial aid if needed.
Graduate Non-Degree Status If a student does not want acceptance to a graduate program but would like to register for graduate classes the student may apply as a graduate non-degree seeking student. This allows the student to register for up to 9 graduate credits without applying or being accepted to a program. In order to register under this status a student must complete the graduate non-degree application and submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education. Once this information is received the student will be contacted regarding registration for classes. A student within this status is not eligible for financial aid.
**The Graduate Non-Degree Status also serves the student who decides to apply to a program right before the semester begins without ample time to complete the application. The student can begin taking classes as a Graduate Non-Degree student while completing the application for admission.**