School Counseling

A student and a counselor talkingLoyola’s graduate program in school counseling prepares students to effectively serve and lead in pre K-12 settings. Steeped in the Jesuit tradition, the 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 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.

NEW! Scholarship Opportunities for applicants

Students can choose from the following programs:

Loyola’s M.A. and M.Ed. in School Counseling program is nationally recognized by 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.

Student Experience

Our students not only benefit from a comprehensive approach to counselor development, but also from a well-rounded, highly engaging experience that offers them the opportunity to be involved on campus and in our surrounding Baltimore communities.

Community Engagement: Students benefit from faculty and school-based community engagement in Baltimore, Md.
Life in Baltimore: Baltimore is an attractive, vibrant, community for living and learning. Students and faculty are inspired by Baltimore in their work and life.
Graduate Student Organization: The GSO office offers graduate support services as well as opportunities to network, socialize, and engage across the University.
Graduate Assistantships: Competitive and highly sought-after graduate assistant positions where students receive tuition assistance, salary, and professional opportunities to work directly with full-time faculty on research, published works, and attend and present at sponsored conferences.

Program/Student Outcomes

  • Number of program graduates from the past year: 51
  • Completion rate: 68% [average of full-time and part-time students]
  • Licensure or certification examination pass rate: 100%
  • Job Placement Rate: 85%