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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.

Degree Types
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Program Cost
$609 per credit
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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). Upon graduation, you will be eligible to become a public or private school counselor.

Why McDaniel for School Counseling?

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.

McDaniel College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. McDaniel is working toward Initial Accreditation Status for its educator preparation programs with an anticipated accreditation review in Spring 2024.

What You Need to Know About the M.S. in Counseling

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 3.0
  • Professional Resume
  • Goal Statement Essay
  • Successful completion of an in-person interview with a Counseling advisor

Upon admission, students must also must complete a criminal background disclosure statement and may be required to undergo a criminal background check and finger printing at the student’s expense.  Students should be aware that a criminal background may prohibit practicum and internship placement and therefore may be a barrier to program completion. Students should also be aware that it may also be a barrier to obtaining licensure. All incidents of criminal history must be self-reported to both the program and to the practicum and internship sites prior to enrollment and at any time throughout the program. All students may be subject to criminal background and finger printing by McDaniel College and by the practicum and internship site at any time.

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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Special Opportunities

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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.  

Mike Southers ’04, M.S. ’13

Impressive Outcomes Mike Southers ’04, M.S. ’13 Capable and Confident

As an undergraduate Philosophy major, Southers discovered a welcoming community that made education enjoyable despite his own experiences with anxiety. After graduating with a School Counseling master's degree, Southers earned his counseling license and took on the confidence to launch his own practice.