Degree Programs

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, write a research paper, 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.

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 counselors in non-K-12 schools, such as community mental health facilities, universities, etc. This program places heavy emphasis on interpersonal and helping relationships that require considerable commitment on the part of the student. The student must complete a 48-hour semester hour program, a practicum and internship 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 option 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 amount of hours accepted for pre-degree for licensure, 1000 hours. The program provides professional preparation for persons wishing to become counselors in non-K-12 schools, 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.

MASTER OF ARTS AND CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED STUDY IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

The Master of Arts degree and Certificate for Advanced Study in school psychology is a 60-credit hour program that trains candidates to become competent and caring practitioners in the field of school psychology. In order to assist schools in promoting high levels of academic achievement among diverse student populations, the program offers a strong foundation in psychological theories, counseling, psychoeducational assessment, intervention techniques, consultation processes, and practica. Practicum students will work directly with children and educational professionals under the guidance of a certified school psychologist. All students will be required to demonstrate a basic knowledge of statistics and research and will learn professional ethics and legislation relevant to the educational system. Courses will be available during the afternoon and evening primarily, and a limited number of courses will be offered during the summer sessions. Completion of the MA/Certificate of Advanced Study sequence will qualify the student for certification as a school psychologist in the state of Maryland.