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School Counseling, M.S.

Today's school counselors are essential members of a student's educational team. As a school counselor, you'll help all students realize their full potential, becoming productive, well-adjusted adults.

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About the Program

Through a combination of research, theory, and practice, our counseling program encourages graduate students to become reflective practitioners. Our graduates are employed in public and private schools across Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Receiving Your Certification

The Master of Science degree in Counseling (School Counseling Specialization) meets or exceed requirements for certification by the Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) by way of completing a counseling practicum (100 hours) as well as an internship within a school setting (600 hours; MD teachers of three or more years require a minimum of 200 hours). Upon graduation, you will be eligible to become a public or private school counselor.

Why McDaniel?

We’ve designed our program to make sure it meets the needs of today’s best educators.

  • Reputation. McDaniel’s programs in education are respected across Maryland and the region.
  • Convenience. Courses are offered at times convenient for working adults, both in-person and online.
  • Flexibility. The self-designed course of study means you’ll get personalized guidance to build a program that meets your unique professional goals.


The School Counseling program in Graduate and Professional Studies was reviewed and accredited by the NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teachers) in 2017.  McDaniel College will be reviewed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in the next cycle of accreditation in 2024.


Requirements for an M.S. in Counseling Degree, School Counselor Specialization

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate study.
  • Official transcript verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.
  • Three official professional or academic letters of recommendation. These requests will be emailed directly to the recommenders through your application.
  • Successful completion of an in-person interview with a Counseling advisor.

Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of 51 credits hours outlined in the curriculum
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Successful completion of practicum and internship experiences.

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Dual Purpose Training

Our training has a dual purpose: to ensure the counselor’s professional growth and skill development, and to increase the counselor’s personal growth and self-awareness.  This latter purpose is emphasized and given serious focus throughout the program.  Both cognitive and affective learning are considered necessary in counselor preparation, and this belief is reflected throughout the program.