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

Description: The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in School Counseling is comprised of 60 graduate credits and accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Types of Employment: Graduates of the program may obtain employment in the following areas:

  • 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 receive the program's endorsement for certification as a school counselor (Pre-K-12) in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, applicants for school counseling certification are required to pass the Praxis II-Professional School Counselor (0421-paper / 5421-computer).

Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC): 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 hours of fieldwork, 4) passing one of 4 national exams, including the National Counselor Exam (NCE), and 5) 3,000 hours of supervised experience under a qualified supervisor.

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.

Statistics for School Counseling Graduates

Statistics 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Number Enrolled 18 20 47 32 48
Number of Graduates 28 12 24 12 16
Completion Rate 100% 96% 89% 90% 98%
Praxis II Exam Pass Rate 100% 92% 92% 88% 100%
Job Placement Rate No Data 57% 100% 100% 100%