Professional School Counseling

Master of Education in Professional School Counseling

Become an advocate for all students supporting their academic, career and social emotional needs.

Why Earn an M.Ed. in School Counseling through Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

Advocate for Vulnerable Students

At Capital Seminary & Graduate School, we realize the desperate need for expertly trained Christian professionals to serve in our nation’s schools as school counselors. That’s where you come in.

If you want to make a real difference in the lives of students, consider becoming a school counselor. Our M.Ed. program is founded on a Christian view of persons (called the Integrative Psychotherapy Model) and is an ideal fit for educators, parents of school‐age children and recent college graduates. When you study at LBC | Capital, you’ll enter the field with over 600 hours of field experience in the elementary, middle and high school settings—because we believe in ensuring that you, our student, are well-equipped for your future.

What Makes Our Program Different?

LBC | Capital’s program is delivered in a blended format, combining the convenience of online learning, without sacrificing important face-to-face interactions gained from classroom instruction. But that’s not all that makes us unique. Through our program, you can:

  • Earn your M.Ed. in professional school counseling in as little as two years.
  • Graduate equipped for Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) PK-12 School Counseling Certification, which enables you to practice in public schools, Christian schools or other privatized institutions of primary and secondary education.
  • Maintain your busy work and family schedules with convenient evening, weekend and online classes.
  • Learn under the tutelage of experienced licensed professional counselors.
  • Select between 3 curriculum paths that afford you different choices for certification and/or licensure.

*In the past, school counselors were called guidance counselors.

Your Journey

Program Credits: 48

Locations: Lancaster,


Master of Education in Professional School Counseling (M.Ed.)
Learn about licensure/certification for this program.

Average Completion Time: 2 – 3 years

Residency: Combo of face-to-face evenings, weekends and online

Program Cost: See current cost.

Application Deadline: Fall Semester: August 1, Spring Semester: December 1, Summer Semester: April 1

Click to view requirements to enter USA as a student.

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

In This Program, Students Will:

  • Develop the foundational elements of an ASCA National Model program and assess its relationship to the educational system.
  • Define ideas and concepts that distinguish the profession of school counseling in general and of Christian counseling in particular.
  • Demonstrate the ability to establish a helping relationship using basic counseling skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to make ethical decisions and take actions that are grounded in a thoughtful and comprehensive reasoning and decision-making process within the Christian worldview.
  • Lead and facilitate student and parent group guidance and counseling activities with an understanding of group dynamics and processes.


M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling (48 Credits)
Core Professional Courses: 18 Credits
Professional Courses: 24 Credits
Field Placement: 6 Credits

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.

48 credits +12 more credits to qualify for licensure in PA

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Ryan Kuehner.

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Meet the Faculty

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Melissa Boas, M.Ed.

Assistant Professor, Professional School Counseling Program Director

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Ryan Kuehner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chair, Counseling & Social Work Dept. and M.A. in Professional Counseling Program Director

“Arguably the most encompassing demonstration of the commonalities between professional counseling and God’s Word can be seen in Christ’s declaration ‘…but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.’ This not only informs the work we do and the way we teach, but also who we are and who we become.” — Dr. Kuehner

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Day Butcher, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty

“Teachers possess the power to create conditions that can help students learn a great deal or keep them from learning much at all.” Parker, P. J. (2007). The courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher’s life.” – San Francisco: Jossey Bass/Wiley

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Sean Dougherty, M.Ed./M.S.

Associate Provost for Student Success

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Jon Shacklett, M.A.

Assistant Professor

“We can get beyond merely embracing the tensions between piety and learning by fostering a piety for learning, by becoming the kind of people who see deeply into the reality of things and who love that reality–for the Savior who shed his blood for us also descended into the deep places of the creation so that he might fill all things. Jesus not only rules over every square inch of the creation, he also loves those square inches.” -Richard Mouw

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