School Counseling

Explore the School Counseling Curriculum: M.Ed. and M.A.

Master’s in Education (M.Ed.)

Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program complete two electives (6-credits) in school counseling. Elective offerings are available in courses pertaining to College Advising, Diagnosis and Treatment, Mindfulness, Crisis and Trauma, School Counselor Leadership, Social Emotional Development and Instructional Strategies to Engage Students in the Classroom. M.Ed. leads to certification as a school counselor.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Students enrolled in the M.A. program complete a master’s thesis in lieu of school counseling electives. This program of study is designed for the practitioner researcher who wishes to further examine school counselor practice. Students complete Master Thesis I and II mentored by program faculty. M.A. leads to certification as a school counselor. 

Plan of Study

When admitted, students are assigned an academic advisor who will assist the student in planning out their Plan of Study. Students, along with their academic advisors, collaborate on their Plan of Study in their first academic semester. Course descriptions are found in our graduate catalog. The following tables include examples of the sequence of courses within full-time and part-time study. Admitted students must meet with their academic advisor within the first semester to create their own plan of study.

Sample Plan of Study: Full-Time Fall Start (M.Ed.)

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1
  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Techniques in Counseling
  • Research and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Group Counseling in Schools
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Practicum in Schools
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Cross Cultural Counseling
Year 2
  • Career Counseling
  • Test and Measurements 
  • Internship I
  • School Counseling Elective
  • School Counseling Elective
  • Internship II
 

Sample Plan of Study: Full-Time Spring Start (M.Ed.)

  Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester
Year 1
  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Techniques in Counseling
  • Research and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Test and Measurement
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Group Counseling in Schools
  • Practicum in Schools 
  • Cross Cultural Counseling 
Year 2
  • Career Counseling
  • Elective in School Counseling 
  • Internship I
 
  • Marriage and Family Counseling 
  • Elective in School Counseling
  • Internship II

Sample Plan of Study: Full-time Fall Start (M.A.)

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1
  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Techniques in Counseling
  • Research and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Group Counseling in Schools
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Practicum in Schools
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Cross Cultural Counseling
Year 2
  • Thesis I
  • Career Counseling
  • Internship I
  • Thesis II
  • Test and Measurements 
  • Internship II
 

Sample Plan of Study: Full-time Spring Start (M.A.)

  Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester
Year 1
  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Techniques in Counseling
  • Research and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Test and Measurement
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Group Counseling in Schools
  • Practicum in Schools 
  • Cross Cultural Counseling 
Year 2
  • Career Counseling
  • Thesis I
  • Internship I
 
  • Marriage and Family Counseling 
  • Thesis II
  • Internship II

Sample Plan of Study: 3 Year Student (M.Ed.)

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1
  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Research and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Techniques in Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Test and Measurements
Year 2
  • Career Counseling
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Group Counseling in Schools
  • Practicum in Schools
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Cross Cultural Counseling
Year 3
  • Elective in School Counseling *
  • Internship I
  • Elective in School Counseling *
  • Internship II
 

*M.A. students can substitute (2) electives in school counseling for Thesis I (Fall Year 3) and Thesis II (Spring Year 3).

Practicum

Students complete a supervised, 100 hour in-school experience throughout the 15 week semester. Practicum students should expect to work in schools during the school day, generally one full day or two half days. Practicum can be taken either in the fall or spring semesters. Practicum students receive supervision from a Loyola professor and professional school counselor throughout the 15-week experience.

Practicum students deliver direct service to students, learning how to provide individual counseling, small group counseling and classroom instruction. Practicum students are exposed to school culture and get to observe consultation practices.

Internship

Students complete a supervised, 600 hour in-school experience throughout a 15 week semester. Internship can be over two academic semesters or in one academic semester. Interns should expect to work in schools during the regular school day, either 3 days a week (two academic semesters) or 5 days a week (one academic semester). Interns receive supervision from a Loyola professor and professional school counselor throughout the 15-week experience. Internship is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Interns deliver direct and indirect student services that align with the goals of a comprehensive school counseling program. Interns build upon what they learned in Practicum to further their counseling skills related to individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom instruction. Students use evidence based interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. Additionally, interns are mentored on how to collaborate with stakeholders to implement a comprehensive school counseling program.

Program Format

Most school counseling courses are taught in a hybrid format. Hybrid classes consist of face to face with some online classes. Students attend face to face classes at our Timonium Campus. Select courses are offered in Columbia until Spring 2020. Most classes meet in the evenings starting at 4:30 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Semesters are 15 weeks during the fall and spring semesters.

Students may attend either full or part-time and will have up to 5 years to complete the school counseling program. Full-time students complete the program in two years.

Students are required to pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE). The exam may be taken either in the second to last semester or last semester of a student’s academic program.