School Counseling

Curriculum and Matriculation

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. 

Matriculation Requirements

Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and display the professional dispositions identified by the program to graduate. Students' progress towards the program's learning outcomes are reviewed before entering practicum and internship experiences. Professional dispositions are assessed at three points: GC701 Techniques in Counseling, Practicum, and Internship. Should students not be making sufficient progress towards the program's learning outcomes, receive one "C" or if dispositional concerns arise, students will be notified, and a remediation plan is developed. Students who earn a "F" in any one course or two grades of a C/C+ will be dismissed from the program. Additionally, students must earn a "B" or better in Practicum and Internship to graduate.

To graduate from the school counseling program, students must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), which can be taken at the end of a student's program, either the semester prior to graduation or the semester a student graduates.

Course descriptions are found in our graduate catalog and course syllabi can be obtained upon request by contacting the Assistant Dean of Assessment, Heather Moore, at hamoore@loyola.edu.

The following tables include examples of potential plan of studies that outline the sequence of courses within full-time and part-time study along with when the CPCE exam is taken.

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
 

*The CPCE may be taken Year 2, Fall or Spring semesters

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

*The CPCE may be taken Year 2, Spring or Fall semesters

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
 

*The CPCE may be taken Year 2, Fall or Spring semesters

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

*The CPCE may be taken Year 2, Spring or Fall semesters

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).
*The CPCE may be taken Year 3, Fall or Spring semesters

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. 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.