School Counseling

M.A. in School Counseling

Loyola’s master's degree in school counseling prepares you for a career as a professional school counselor within elementary and secondary school settings located in urban, rural, and suburban communities. It is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).  Graduates of our program are eligible for certification as a school counselor in the state of Maryland.  Maryland state certification is reciprocal with 48 other states within the continental U.S.  Full-time and part-time studies are available.   

Explore the Curriculum

The Master of Education degree is a 48 credit hour program of study, which includes a 100 hour practicum and 600 hour internship experiences in schools.  Through a rigorous program of study, individuals engage in active discernment and critical thinking to address complex issues that face our P-12 school aged students and their families.  Individuals learn how to use data and evidence-based practices to construct strategic interventions and counseling curriculums that support the academic, social/emotional and career development of students P-12.  Self-reflection, culturally responsive practices, leadership, and advocacy are stressed throughout our program. 

Our graduate students work along side seasoned and highly qualified school counseling faculty who have vast experiences working in schools and mental health agencies. Additionally, many of our faculty have held leadership positions within national and local professional associations and actively research within fields associated with such topics as school counseling practice, cultural competence, equity issues and college and career counseling., 

In addition to classroom experiences, our students have the unique opportunity to work with school counseling faculty as research assistances and attend professional development opportunities that address such topics as urban education, college and career, evaluation, instructional practices and counseling techniques.  
Loyola's graduate study program is housed within the School of Education and is CACREP accredited through October 2020.  School of Education programs are accredited by, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2017 and MSDE through 2015.

Students are eligible to take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) when they register for the exam as a student.  NCE is required for licensure as a professional counselor (LCPC) in MD and certification as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

Internship/Practicum

Practicum and internship experiences are held within K-12 school settings where individuals work closely with practicing school counselors and Loyola faculty to apply the skills learned within their foundational and advanced classes. 

Practicum is a pre-internship experience designed to expose individuals to school culture and mentor individuals to develop effective counseling, classroom instruction and consultation skills.  Practicum students spent approximately 10 hours per week in their site schools.

The 600-hour internship can be completed in one or two semesters.  When completing internship over the course of an academic year [two semesters], individuals will work within schools approximately 20 hours per week. Practicum and Internship hours cannot be completed over the summer.

Program of Study

Individuals who desire to complete the program within 2 years can apply for full-time study.  Upon admission into our program, individuals are partnered with an academic advisor to design a plan of study.  A suggested plan of study for full-time students is provided below.  Please note that internship can be completed within one or two academic semesters.

 
Full Time Program of Study- Fall Start

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1
GC 600 Research
GC 700 Introduction to School Counseling
GC 701 Techniques of Counseling
GC 704 Theories of Counseling
GC 706 Group Counseling in Schools
GC 712 Human Development
GC 791 Practicum in Schools
GC 792 Professional Issues and Ethics
GC 606 Test and Measurements
GC 755 Marriage and Family
 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2  
GC 703 Career Counseling
GC Masters Thesis Seminar
GC 722 Internship I
GC 708 Cross Cultural Counseling
GC Masters Thesis Seminar
GC 723 Internship II
 

COMPREHENSIVE PREPARATION COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION [CPCE] IS TAKEN IN FALL 2 OR SPRING 2

Full Time Program of Study- Spring Start

Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1 Fall Year 1

GC 600 Research
GC 700 Introduction to School Counseling
GC 701 Techniques of Counseling
GC 704 Theories of Counseling 

 GC 712 Human Development
GC 792 Professional Issues and Ethics

GC 703 Career Counseling
GC 706 Group Counseling in Schools
GC 708 Cross Cultural Counseling
GC 791 Practicum in Schools

 Spring Year 2 Fall Year 2  
 GC 606 Test and Measurements
GC Masters Thesis Seminar
GC 722 Internship I
GC Masters Thesis Seminar 
GC 755 Marriage and Family
GC 723 Internship II
 

COMPREHENSIVE PREPARATION COMPREHENIVE EXAMINATION [CPCE] IS TAKEN IN SPRING 2 OR FALL 2 

Half Time/Quarter Time Options:

Program of Study - 3 year option
Program of Study- 4 year option 

Review Loyola's Academic Catalogue for course description