Master of Arts in School Counseling

NEW for the 2014-2015 academic year: 

  • A limited number of merit-based fellowship awards are available to applicants of the M.A. in School Counseling program. To be considered for a merit-based fellowship award, students must submit complete admission applications by July 15 for Fall 2014All students with completed School Counseling applications are automatically considered for these awards.

The graduate program in school counseling is designed to prepare you for a career as a professional school counselor in elementary and/or secondary school settings. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to develop sound theoretical foundations and effective techniques for guiding and counseling young people. The program is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education (CACREP) programs and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Upon successful completion of the CACREP program, you will automatically be certified as a school counselor in Maryland. Although the program specifically prepares school counselors, various private agencies outside of school settings are interested in obtaining the service of professional counselors. The school counseling program may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis.

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The graduate program in professional school counseling is designed to prepare a student for a career as a professional school counselor in an elementary and/or secondary school setting. Throughout the course of study, students will have the opportunity to develop sound theoretical foundations and effective techniques for guiding and counseling young people. The program is approved by CACREP, MSDE and, NCATE.

Although studies are intended to prepare students to become school counselors, various public and private agencies outside of school settings are interested in obtaining the services of professional counselors. Because this program is accredited by CACREP, students may take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors during their last semester. A 100 hour practicum and 600 hour internship are required.

Loyola's graduate study program in school counseling was winner of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Outstanding Masters Counselor Education Program Award for 2003; and a recipient of full national accreditation by CACREP through October 2012, NCATE through 2015, and MSDE through 2015.

The course of instruction involves the successful completion of 48 credits of study on the graduate level including a practicum and an internship in a school setting. Students are eligible to take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) during their last semester of classes. Students seeking the Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling must substitute six of the elective credits for thesis credits.

Program Requirements

The following courses are required along with 6 credits of elective courses selected in conjunction with an advisor. Students may choose to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) during their last two semesters of study.

  • GC600 Foundations of Research in Education
  • GC606 Educational Tests and Measurement
  • GC700 Introduction to School Counseling
  • GC701 Techniques of Educational Counseling
  • GC703 Lifestyle and Career Development and Decision Making
  • GC704 Theories of Counseling
  • GC706 Group Counseling in Schools
  • GC708 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • GC712 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan
  • GC755 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • GC791 Practicum in School Counseling (100 hour formative experience)
  • GC792 Professional Issues and Ethics in Counseling

600 internship hours must be completed. These hours are equivalent to six credits of elective coursework. Students plan the internship with their advisor.