Department of Counseling
Master of Education in School Counseling
The Master of Education degree in school counseling is designed to prepare counselors to work with children and youth across all levels from primary through high school. This program places heavy emphasis on interpersonal and helping relationships that require considerable commitment on the part of the students. The student will complete a 48-hour semester program, participate in field experiences in the schools, complete a school practicum and internship field placement in the schools, action research project, and pass a qualifying examination. The program is aligned with the Maryland state requirements and modeled after the American School Counselor Association roles and responsibilities of the professional school counselor. The program is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
The Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology is a program that offers professional preparation for persons wishing to become psychologists and/ or counselors in non-K-12 school settings, such as community mental health facilities, universities, etc. This program places heavy emphasis on interpersonal and helping relationships among youth and adults that require considerable commitment on the part of the student. Students in this program are well-prepared to pursue doctoral studies or serve as master level professionals. The student must complete a 48-hour semester hour program, a practicum and internship (700 hours) placement, write a research paper, and pass a qualifying examination.
Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling is a 60-credit hour program that gives students an opportunity to complete the courses required for initial licensure in the state of Maryland as a part of a degree. In addition, this program has three field experiences that give students the maximum number of hours accepted for pre-degree licensure (1,000 hours). The program provides professional preparation for persons wishing to become counselors in non-K-12 school settings, such as community mental health facilities. The program places great emphasis on interpersonal and helping relationships, which require considerable commitment on the part of the student. The program is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Master of Arts in School Psychology
The Master of Arts in School Psychology program prepares candidates to become competent and culturally responsive school psychology practitioners. School psychologists partner with school personnel, parents, and agencies to improve supports for children. In order to assist schools in promoting high levels of academic achievement among diverse student populations, this 60-credit hour program offers coursework and field experiences that address academic, behavioral, and mental health supports for children. Candidates take coursework in psychological and educational theory, consultation and intervention planning, counseling and crises support, psychological and educational assessment, working with exceptional children and planning for system-wide services. Additionally, candidates are trained in research, program evaluation, professional ethics and legislation relevant to the educational setting. Courses may be offered during the day, evenings, summers and weekends. Practicum and Internship candidates work directly with P-12 students and educational professionals under the guidance of a certified school psychologist.
Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology
Successful completion of the Master of Arts in School Psychology program also yields a Certificate for Advanced Study (MA/CAS). Candidates who complete the program will be eligible to apply for Maryland state and national certification.