M.S.Ed. School Counseling
The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in School Counseling is comprised of 60 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 receive the program's endorsement for certification as an elementary and secondary school counselor in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, graduates of online programs are not eligible for certification and Duquesne University's School Counseling Program is NOT an online program. In Pennsylvania, applicants for school counseling certification are required to pass the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) exam and the Praxis II-Professional School Counselor (0421-paper / 5421-computer).
Graduates of the School Counseling Program are also prepared to obtain employment in mental health settings, which may include outpatient and inpatient settings, mobile therapy, substance abuse counseling, career centers, etc., and are eligible to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). The main requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania include 1) a master's degree of at least 48 graduate credits, 2) a total of 60 graduate credits, 3) 700 clock hours of fieldwork, 4) passing one of 4 national exams, including the National Counselor Exam (NCE), and 5) 3,000 clock hours of supervised experience under a qualified supervisor.
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:
Information about salaries for professional school counselors can be found at:
Information about scholarship opportunities for counselor education students can be found at:
Statistics for School Counseling Program
|Number of Graduates||10||34|
|LPC Examination Pass Rate||91.7%||100%|
|Job Placement Rate||57.1%||No Data|