For those students who already posses a masters in counseling and are interested in pursuing certification as a school counselor in the state of Pennsylvania, may contact Dr. Eric Owens. The Department of Counselor Education will review your educational background and advise you on what classes you will need to complete to become certification eligible.
The program of study (18 semester hours) is designed to provide individual's who posses a master's degree in counseling or a related field the opportunity to add a specialty requirement in working with college students in counseling and student affairs settings. The goal is for students to gain an understanding of college counseling and student affairs, as well as increase opportunities for marketability and employment in the higher education field. Students enrolled in the program will learn the history and trends in the field, develop the skills necessary to work with this population, and learn to facilitate student success in college and universities.
Our department actively supports the pursuit of licensure by qualified candidates and will work with students to help them meet their goals. In order to do so, it is important for candidates to know what coursework they need in order to meet the educational requirements under the law, as well as other requirements (such as examinations, completion of the required supervised practice, etc.). These needs often differ from person to person, based on previous educational coursework.
Learn more about Pennsylvania Licensure.
The Department of Counselor Education offers opportunities to complete the additional 12 credits required for licensure in the Commonwealth. It is important to note, however, that the Department of Counselor Education cannot assess previously completed coursework or determine the courses you may need to become licensure eligible. Only the PA Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors can formally assess previously completed coursework for its applicability toward meeting the requirements set forth in the law. Students who are unsure if their previous coursework meets the requirements for licensure can access the State Board's website, including the law and educational requirements.
Once a candidate has determined their needs, we encourage you to contact Dr. Eric Owens who can assist in the application process and development of a course of study.