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M.S. Ed. Counselor Education

The Duquesne University Counselor Education Program offers Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, School Counseling (PreK-12), and School Counseling for Certified Teachers (PreK-12). The classes for these master's programs are offered during weeknights.

Strengths

• Students entering any of the master's counselor education programs receive a scholarship of 25% discounted tuition through the duration of their master's training as long as they are enrolled in 6 credits per semester.
• The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling Programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation indicates that the Program has a rigorous curriculum and provides comprehensive fieldwork supervision. The regulations for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and certification for school counselors in most states is based on the CACREP model, and graduates of CACREP programs are better able to obtain licensure or certification when moving to other states. Some states require that applicants for licensure or certification have graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Graduates of CACREP programs are able to apply to be a National Certified Counselor (NCC) while in the last semester of study; this can save the graduate two years of post-master's experience.
• Graduates receive a master's degree in counselor education. In some states, such as Ohio and Virginia, a master's degree in counselor education is required for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), and graduates of counseling psychology or clinical psychology programs may not obtain the LPC in those states.
• The Counselor Education Program has small to average class sizes.
• Students have the option of full- or part-time matriculation. Full-time students may graduate within two years (2 fall, spring and summer semesters).
• Duquesne University has a national and growing reputation.
• The Counselor Education Program Faculty members are active practitioners and researchers who identify with the counseling profession.
• Students may select from various mental health agencies and school districts in choosing a fieldwork site.
• The university campus is adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh and yet has a distinct identity.

School Counseling

The Counselor Education Program offers two Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degrees in School Counseling. One degree is 60 credits and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The other degree is titled Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in School Counseling for Certified Teachers, and this degree is 36 credits. Both degrees in School Counseling prepare graduates 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.

Find out more information about the 60 credit CACREP accredited School Counseling Program

Find out more information about the 36 credit School Counseling Program for Certified Teachers

School Counseling for Certified Teachers

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

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

According to the 2010 Department of Labor (DOL) projections, there is expected to be a 19% increase in the number of School Counseling positions by the year 2020. By 2020 ONETonline projects there to be average (10-19%) job growth for School Counselors.

Information about career opportunities for professional counselors can be found at:
http://www.counselingdegree.org/careers/

Information about salaries for professional school counselors can be found at:
http://www.gradschools.com/search-programs/school-counseling/school-counselor-salary

Information about scholarship opportunities for counselor education students can be found at:
www.CounselingDegree.org/Scholarships

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is comprised of 60 graduate credits. It is a specialized practitioners' degree designed to prepare students to work as professional counselors in human service agencies, which include the following types of settings/roles:

• Community mental health centers;
• Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers;
• Career counseling centers;
• Mobile therapists;
• Family Based Mental Health therapists;
• Outpatient therapists;
• Behavioral specialists consultants (BSC);
• Probation/parole officers.

For more information about our program, please click here.


Marriage and Family Counseling

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Marriage and Family Counseling is comprised of 60 graduate credits. It is a practitioners' degree designed to prepare students to work as professional counselors in human service and counseling agencies, which include the following types of settings/roles:

• Community mental health centers;
• Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers;
• Mobile therapists;
• Family Based Mental Health therapists;
• Outpatient therapists;
• Behavioral specialists consultants (BSC);

For more information about our program, please click here.

Post-Master's

This program is designed for those students interested in applying for Post-Masters Degree credits; options include school certification, additional credit hours toward counselor licensure, or an additional major in counseling.

Application Procedures

All M.S. Ed. Counselor Education programs follow the same application procedures

FAQ

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Faculty

To learn about the counseling program faculty including their academic credentials, professional experiences, and scholarship, click here.

Objectives

Counselor Education Mission Statement

The mission of the Duquesne University Counselor Education Program is to prepare professional counselors, educators, scholars, and clinical supervisors who promote the well-being of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. This mission aligns with the University's Spiritan mission to serve God by educating counselors who value social justice, meet high personal and professional standards; and promote moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.

Program Objectives

Faculty and students engage in collaborative activities that promote continuing professional development as demonstrated by the eligibility for attaining professional credentials.

The faculty and students maintain active participation with the broader community and related professional associations through counseling, consultation, education, advocacy, service, and leadership activities.

Faculty and students are committed to cultivating a diverse community of learners who engage in professional activities guided by multicultural sensitivity, intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, compassion, and high ethical standards.

Faculty and students recognize the importance of a distinct professional identity as a counselor, founded on the basis of a holistic, developmental, ecological, strength based philosophy.

Alumni

DU Alumnus Offers Strategies for Better Parenting in 2013

DU Alumnus Barron Whited, M.S.Ed.'04, a high school guidance counselor at Agora Cyber Charter School, stopped by Pittsburgh's local CBS affiliate, KDKA-TV, to talk about ways to be a better parent in 2013.

View the segment!