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Why Consider a M.S.Ed. in School Counseling for Certified Teachers at Duquesne?

Description: The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in School Counseling for Certified Teachers is comprised of 36 graduate credits.

Types of Employment: Program graduates are prepared to obtain employment as school guidance counselors, or student assistance counselors, in various types of educational settings, including:

  • public schools,
  • private schools, 
  • charter schools, 
  • cyber schools,
  • alternative schools, 
  • intermediate units, 
  • and university career, admissions, and advising offices.

School Counseling Certification: Graduates of the School Counseling Program for Certified Teachers receive the program's endorsement for certification as a school counselor (preK-12) in Pennsylvania (Graduates are not eligible for licensure as a professional counselor [LPC] which is important for the mental health field but not the field of education). Entrants to this Program must possess teacher certification in Pennsylvania or another state. Entrants who have not satisfied the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) Accommodations and Adaptations for Students with Disabilities in an Inclusive Setting and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners Program Guidelines (also referred to as the Ch. 49 9-3 standards) must complete additional credit requirements. Potential applicants who wish to determine if they have satisfied PDE's Ch. 49 9-3 requirements are asked to either email or mail an unofficial copy of bachelor's and/or master's transcript(s) and the syllabus for any special education or English Language Learning (ELL) class to:

Dr. Jered Kolbert
Duquesne University
Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education
109 Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
kolbertj@duq.edu

Employment Outlook: According to the Department of Labor (DOL) projections, there is expected to be an average (8%) increase in the number of School Counseling positions by the year 2024.

Financial Aid: Students receive a 25% scholarship towards tuition if they take 6 credits per semester. Many students obtain student loans (federal or private). Students apply for loans through the Financial Aid Office / 412-396-6607.

Graduate Assistant Positions: Duquesne's Counselor Education Program does not have GA positions for master's students, but master's students may apply for graduate assistant and employment positions throughout the university.