Master of Education
Secondary School Counseling

Purpose

The Secondary School Counseling concentration will provide the opportunity for the student to develop, from a biblical worldview, the skills necessary to be successful in a 7–12th grade educational setting. Using state and national standards as a framework for cutting edge practice, and the Bible as a foundation, students can expect a supportive and challenging environment in which to learn and apply the knowledge gained to help all students achieve success. Students are also eligible for Educational Specialist 1 Certification from the PDE.

 

Program Design

The MEd program is designed for the adult learner who is employed full-time or in full-time ministry. Courses are offered with multiple scheduling options available.

Outcomes

The Secondary School Counseling concentration is designed to:

  • Provide training in the essential areas of vocational guidance, social and developmental issues, curriculum management, and crisis intervention.
  • Orient the student to the secondary school counselor's role and to school counseling systems through the American School Counselor Association National Model.
  • Create within the student the ability to conduct critical thinking skills to evaluate theory and practice from a biblical perspective.
  • Provide an emphasis on application of information and knowledge by means of supervised school counseling experiences.
  • Develop the student's knowledge of the foundational elements in counseling theory and research to prepare students for further study.

Counseling Certification

Students may choose to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor credential from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and/or Counseling Certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors. After earning the 48 credit masters degree students may take an additional 12 credits of graduate course work, pass the National Counselor Exam and meet the required supervised hours of clinical counseling experience in order to be eligible for licensure. More information is available from the student's program advisor.

Admission Requirements

  • A growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcript of undergraduate studies with GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Major in Bible or completion of biblical foundations courses
  • Autobiographical essay
  • Two reference forms
  • Completed application and fee
  • Interview with faculty