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M.S. in Counseling


McDaniel’s Counseling Program goals are modeled after the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) common-core areas as defined by the Standards for Preparation, and on the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) standards and approved content areas.  McDaniel College’s program in counseling has been evaluated by the Maryland State Department of Education and meets its requirements.  In addition, we have received accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2003 and 2009.

The Master’s program in Counseling is planned so that counselors-in-training are able to:

  1. Perform effective individual counseling.
  2. Perform effective group counseling, and understand group development theory and group leadership styles.
  3. Understand the philosophical bases of helping processes, and relate that to consultation, referral, placement, and coordination services.
  4. Identify, evaluate, and use relevant data to assist the client in the development of his/her self-concept.
  5. Use various assessment techniques to collect, collate, record, and report data about the client.
  6. Understand and experience the implementation and planning of a comprehensive and coordinated counseling program in an educational setting.
  7. Explore societal changes and trends, heighten his/her sensitivity to self and special populations, and examine his/her impact upon clients of various cultures.
  8. Adhere to appropriate legislative statutes and ethical guidelines of professional associations in all areas of one’s professional role, and understand professional history and current trends.
  9. Observe and accurately conceptualize human behavior at all developmental levels, normal and abnormal human behavior, personality theory, and cultural contexts.
  10. Assist the client in career development, including lifestyle and career decision-making, and occupational information systems.
  11. Understand various theories related to the counseling profession, and integrate these theories into a personal approach to counseling.
  12. Understand types of research, basic statistics, and the importance of ethical and legal considerations in research and evaluation.

Program Specializations 

The primary role of the Counseling Program is to prepare mental health workers at the Masters level in Counseling with specializations in either School Counseling (51 Credits) or Mental Health Counseling (60 Credits).

School Counseling

The School Counseling Specialization ensures the student is eligible to apply for School Counseling Certification through the Maryland State Department of Education and/ or apply for certification in Pennsylvania.  This will occur upon completion of the school counseling practicum (100 hours in a school setting), internship (600 hours {MD teachers of 3 years plus require 200} in a school setting), and all degree requirements. School counseling practicums and internships involve substantial time commitments and in some cases require leaves of absence or relinquishment of current employment. Appropriate advanced planning is imperative. 

Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling Specialization leads to eligibility for licensure, in both MD and PA upon completion of 60 credits which include a field practicum (100 hours) and an internship (600 hours).  Students are eligible to sit for their National Counselor Exam (see relevant State Board requirements for NCE and other exams required). Mental Health Counseling counseling practicums and internships involve substantial time commitments and in some cases require leaves of absence or relinquishment of current employment.  Appropriate advanced planning is imperative.

Off Campus Option:  A Mental Health Counseling Track is being offered in Owings Mills.  The nature of this program is geared for working students who prefer the proximity of Owings Mills and a set-up of courses that are scheduled for one night a week and/or online, with a course load of 2 classes at a time.  Click here for more information.


Ms. Lisa Lorenz, LCPC
CE Program Coordinator


  • Earn a degree that meets professional standards and competencies leading to certification in School Counseling in either Maryland or Pennsylvania
  • Eligibility for the National Counselor Examination and licensure in either MD or PA (see state requirements)
  • Learn through application with a program that encourages a variety of experiential learning and personal growth opportunities
  • Understand all aspects of counseling through coursework that blends research, theory, and practice
  • Small class size
  • Vast expertise of faculty and adjuncts
  • Excellence in academics

Admissions Requirements

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submit the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.

Three recent letters of recommendation from faculty or employers

• All prospective candidates in the Counseling program must successfully complete an in-person interview with a Counseling advisor. (Effective date July 1, 2014)

Degree Requirements

• Minimum 3.00 G.P.A.

• Successful completion of 51 credit hours (School Counseling) or 60 credit hours (Mental Health Counseling)

• Practicum 100 hours and internship 600 hours


Please Note: The courses on this page may vary from those listed in the 2013-2014 Graduate catalog. The catalog is being revised and these course changes will be presented in the 2014-2015 catalog. Please follow the course sequence on this page.

School Counseling Specialization
Mental Health Counseling Specialization


Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.


The program also utilizes lecturers who are experienced professionals in the public schools, private practices, mental health agencies, and colleges to ensure that students obtain diverse and practical perspectives from the current field of counseling and psychology.The program also utilizes lecturers who are experienced professionals in the public schools, private practices, mental health agencies, and colleges to ensure that students obtain diverse and practical perspectives from the current field of counseling and psychology.

Associate Professor
Dr. Simeon Schlossberg, Ph.D., in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Directs the pre-licensure Mental Health Counseling Track and internships. Specialty and research areas include: the treatment of anxiety and depression in adolescents, Bullying, and Mental Health Counseling. Courses taught include Introduction to Counseling,   Human Growth & Development Throughout the Life Span, Practicum in Advanced, Theories, Techniques and Applications of Counseling, and Field Practicum in Mental Health Counseling. Email Dr. Schlossberg at


Senior Lecturer/Co-Coordinator of Counseling
Dr. Mary Anne Reichelt, D.Min. , in Pastoral Counseling from Eden Theological Seminary. Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, Advises prospective and new students to the Counseling Program; Coordinates the School Counseling track and internship. Specialty areas and research include: mindfulness and the practical applications of neural integration; the science of the mind; integrating the wisdom of indigenous cultures with contemporary counseling theories, and family systems. Courses taught: Theories and Techniques of Counseling, , Practicum in Advanced, Theories, Techniques and Applications of Counseling, Family Systems. Email Dr. Reichelt at


Associate Professor
Dr. Julia Orza, Ph.D., in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut.   Mental health consultant and facilitator/speaker for diversity-sensitivity training in Maryland and Pennsylvania schools and non-profit organizations.  Specialty areas and research interests include: diversity sensitivity and multiculturalism, training counselors using the expressive arts, and empathy. Courses taught include Diversity-sensitive Counseling, Practicum in Advanced, Theories, Techniques and Applications of Counseling,  The Art of Counseling, and an Honors course at the undergraduate level: Worldview & Privilege. Email Dr. Orza at

Coordinator of School Counseling Internships
David W. Bearr, M.A. in Counseling from Washington University; C.A.S.Ed. in Educational Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University. National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with Clinical Supervision Endorsement. Specialty areas and research include Early College Awareness, Learning Styles, and School Counseling Curriculum. Courses taught: School Counseling Curriculum and Programs, Career Development, and Internship.

Adjunct Lecturers:  The program also utilizes lecturers who are experienced professionals in the public schools, private practices, mental health agencies, and colleges to ensure that students obtain diverse and practical perspectives from the current field of counseling and psychology.


Counseling Program FAQ’s for Students

This information is critical to help you navigate successfully through the program.

Statement of Ethical Behavior and Responsibility
Students in counseling programs are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner at all times. The student, as a professional-in-training, must adhere to the code of ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA). A copy of these standards is included in the initial ethics courses and included in the Counseling section of the Archway. Because of the nature of the counseling profession, the ethical behavior and development of students is considered most critical and is reviewed by the faculty regularly as part of ongoing student development and progress. Issues related to unethical behavior and/or practice are addressed in the dismissal policy. Behavior, personal characteristics or personal issues should not interfere with the capacity of the student to be a helping professional. A full description for the dismissal policy is contained in the student handbook for Counseling and in the Graduate and Professional Studies online catalog.

1. Why am I expected to meet with an advisor as I begin the program?
The program at McDaniel is geared to academic excellence and the personal growth and deepening personal and professional identity of the student. It is important for you to be known by the program advisors in order to assist in planning your program and to make the most efficient use of time in negotiating your course of study

2. How many courses can I take?
This program is not considered a full time program. The typical student takes 6 credits per semester. Financial Aid requires students to take 6 credits. The maximum credits for a semester is 9. In the summer, students can take a maximum of 9 credits over the course of three sessions, but no more than 6 credits in any one session.

3. What do I need to know about course registration?
Because the Counseling program has a large number of students, courses fill up very quickly. Planning is crucial in this process. FYI, the schedule for registration is as follows: Course offerings for each semester are posted on the Archway well in advance of the actual registration date. Fall registration is July 1.  Spring registration is December 1. Summer registration is April 1. Online registration through the Archway allows students to pre-select courses they wish to register for in upcoming semester and save them in their “virtual shopping cart” until registration for that semester opens. Notification of assigned registration times will be posted under the authorization and restriction section of the student menu on of your Archway account or via email from the registrar. Be on the lookout for either notification. It is most important that you check this to know your registration time and if there are any restrictions or holds on your account. There is also a “manage your waitlist” section on Archway. Be sure to monitor that in the event that you are waitlisted. We do everything possible to accommodate waitlist.

Registration rules
It is important to be mindful that access to courses is based on a student's program plan.

Students in the Mental Health Counseling track are allowed to register for the courses that are a part of their program in the first week of registration.  In the second week of registration Mental Health Counseling courses are opened to those students seeking certification for licensure.  In the third week, Mental Health Counseling courses are open to all CED students.

If a student tries to register for a class and discovers that they are blocked, the student should click on the course title in the Archway and the prerequisites or rules for the class should appear.  If you meet the prerequisites and still have an issue, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

- Also be sure to check your restrictions section in your Archway account well in advance of registration in case there are additional blocks (bursar issues) on your ability to register.

4. Why must I use the McDaniel email system?
It is imperative that you use the McDaniel email system for many reasons. Several servers do not accept the emails and put them in junk folders. The McDaniel system is the only way the college and faculty will communicate with you. So, any important class information or college announcements will only come through the system. If your instructors send you a communication and you do not check it, you are responsible for the information sent.

5. What if the course I want/need is full?
Even though we try to offer several sections of the ‘in demand’ courses, they do fill up quickly. It is important to put oneself on the waitlist. It is also helpful to meet with an advisor prior to registration to have alternative course options.

6. How long does it take to finish the program?
The average length of time to complete the program is 3 ½ years. The minimum time to finish the program is two and a half years. The maximum time limit is six years. After that a student can request an extension by appealing to the Academic Policy and Standards Committee.

7.  How important is a student ID, knowing your student ID number, the parking permit, and the McDaniel email?
VERY! As soon as possible contact the Help Desk at 410-871-3390 to schedule a photo ID.  Once you receive your ID you will need to go to the Hoover Library and be entered into the system. This will allow you to use the Hoover Library data bases from your home. The other reason for having your student ID with you is; often students call the College for information relative to courses, transcripts, etc. If you do not have your student ID number available, Federal regulations prohibit anyone from giving you the desired information over the phone. Parking is at a premium here at McDaniel. Proper identification can prevent ticketing. You will receive your parking sticker in the mail just prior to the beginning of each semester.

• It is most important to use and check your McDaniel email. It is required. This is the only vehicle your instructors use to communicate with you. All College announcements and inclement weather announcements come through your McDaniel email. A variety of servers will block forwarding of email addresses. This can mean that you will not receive communications that are vital to your course work, which could then jeopardize your grade.

• Students are responsible for the material in the Counseling Student Handbook. More detailed program information is available in the handbook which can be accesses through the McDaniel Portal.