School Counseling, M.A.
60 Credits | Main Campus
Become a school counselor or a counselor to urban youth in settings outside of school.
Do you want to become a school counselor or a counselor to urban youth in settings outside of the schools?
Our Master of Arts (M.A.) graduate program in school counseling will provide you with the specialized study and supervised field training that will prepare you for a career as a professional counselor of children and youth.
The program consists of two options:
- The first option will prepare you for a career as a counselor in elementary and secondary schools.
- The second option is a specialization in counseling urban students. This track will prepare you for work as a counselor outside of schools, such as in foster care or nonprofit youth programs. This option also allows you to attain licensure requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) examination.
What You’ll Learn
Prepare to become a Certified or Licensed School Counselor. Learn to engage in social justice policy, advocacy, and research as it affects and reflects the profession of counseling and the well-being of the diverse clients, students, communities, families, and institutions that are served. You will receive individual attention to your interests and goals and will encounter learning experiences that emphasize an integration of theory, research and ethical practice in counseling children, adolescents and families of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- DC Public and Charter Schools
- PG County Public School
- Montgomery County Public Schools
- Alexandria County Public Schools
- Howard County Public Schools
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools
- Elementary School Counselor
- Middle School Counselor
- High School Counselor
- Social Service Counselor
- Community Counselor
Accreditation and Annual Reports
The Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meet state certification requirements for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. The program prepares students to take the licensure examination to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Licensed/Certified School Counselor.
The Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The Counseling Programs offers 3 Master of Arts in Counseling Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), School Counseling, and School Counseling Urban Track Specialization. The School Counseling program was created to meet the American Counseling Association 2020 Vision. This revised program is a generalist program, and the Urban Student Track Specialization will continue to be offered for applicants who are interested in school counseling with an urban and culturally diverse youth specialization. As required by CACREP accreditation, information on demographics of students, enrollment numbers, retention numbers, completion rates, number of graduates, pass rates on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE; required exam for CMHC students), pass rates on the Praxis (required exam for SC students), job placement information, and a summary of program evaluation results and subsequent program modifications is presented in the Annual Report.