Loyola's graduate program in school counseling prepares students to effective serve and lead in pre K-12 settings. Steeped in the Jesuit tradition, the Loyola school counseling program, its faculty, and its curricular experiences inspire and transform students to learn, lead, serve, and advocate in a diverse, global society. Within this context, the education of the whole person is significant, standards-based curriculum is rigorous, faculty expectations are high, and commitment to the community and social justice is paramount. Students are challenged to understand the ethical dimensions of personal and professional life and to examine their own values, attitudes, and beliefs as they prepare to design and implement evidence-based school counseling programs aligned with national standards, Maryland state guidelines, and district curricula that promote access and equity to rigorous education for all, especially those who have endured educational inequities. Loyola's school counseling students recognize and embrace their professional responsibility; they become leaders in educational reform, agents of systemic change, and advocates for social justice in the communities they serve.
Students can choose among an M.A., an M.Ed. and a Certificate of Advanced Study. The M.Ed. program, which includes six elective credits in lieu of a thesis, is approved by both the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). CACREP designation ensures that students have met all national requirements for taking the NCE examination of the National Board for the Certification of Counselors (NBCC) and sets professional standards for school counselors at the highest level. Additionally, graduates are eligible for state certification upon successful completion of the program.