Online Master of Science in School Counseling
School counselors have a unique opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of young people. If you’re ready to help students through counseling, Gwynedd Mercy University offers an online Master of Science in School Counseling (MSSC).
Our 48-credit Master of Science in School Counseling is aligned with the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) National Model. The program is suitable for professionals who want to pursue a PreK-12 School Counseling certification.
GMercyU has formatted the online MSSC to work with your busy schedule. You will take courses entirely online in an accelerated schedule that presents each class one at a time in seven-week blocks.
Core Counseling Knowledge for Primary and Secondary Schools
Our online master’s in school counseling teaches you the theoretical background and practical strategies you need to know to help young people through established counseling techniques. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in supervised practicum settings.
The program is structured into three segments:
- Core Educational Knowledge (12 credits)
- Core Counseling Knowledge (30 credits)
- A School Counseling Practicum in Elementary School, Secondary School, or both (6 Credits)
Course topics in the program cover:
- Human development
- Individual and group counseling
- Effective communication
- Assessment and intervention strategies
- Research skills for reflective practice
- Social justice advocacy and leadership
Successful graduates of the program should have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to earn their certification.
Who Can Apply for This Program?
Gwynedd Mercy University has designed this online master’s in school counseling for both current teachers and for those who do not have teaching certification. Applicants should:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline
- Have achieved a 3.0 GPA in their studies
Applicants whose GPA falls just below the minimum requirement (2.7-2.9 GPA) may request a review of their applications by the Program Director. Acceptance of an application for review, however, does not guarantee admission.
Professionals who already have a master’s degree in an education or counseling related field and wish to earn certification as a school counselor may apply to our online School Counselor Certification program.
Become a School Counselor
Take the first step towards a career as a school counselor today. Contact Gwynedd Mercy University now to learn more about our online master’s degree programs in education.