LATROBE, PA – Beginning in fall 2020, Saint Vincent College will offer a dual Master of Science program in criminology and school counseling, designed to provide students with a unique blend of preparation for employment in both school-based counseling and juvenile criminal justice.
Successful candidates will earn Master of Science degrees in both criminology and school counseling as well as certification in K-12 school counseling by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
According to the occupational outlook, professions combining youth corrections, counseling, abuse treatment, education and others are expected to grow 22 percent. The dual Master of Science degree program at Saint Vincent will prepare candidates for positions in such fields as school counseling, school-based crisis or intervention specialist, youth corrections, juvenile counseling, probation or parole services, child and youth agency administration, career and lifestyle counseling, substance abuse treatment and re-entry education and mentoring.
Students can earn two master’s degrees in two calendar years by attending classes in the evening two nights a week during the fall and spring terms. Courses will also be scheduled at various times during the summer, while certain online courses will be offered, as well.
In seven semesters, candidates will have two degrees. Those entering in the summer will graduate the following May with their first master’s degree in criminology and will begin the final coursework for their second master’s in school counseling that summer. They will graduate with their second master’s degree the following August.
Each candidate in the dual program will be given two advisers, one from the criminology department and one from the education department. The advisers are committed to ensuring the candidates be successful and able to navigate the program to achieve the desired goals.
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