Professional School Counseling Degree

Bachelor’s + Master’s Program (BS/MA)


151 Bachelor/Master

Completion Time tooltip-icon

5 Years

Delivery Method

Traditional, On Campus at Lancaster, PA

Study School Counseling at LBC | Capital

If you have a desire to partner with and walk alongside adolescents during critical times of transitional development, why not become a school counselor? School counselors provide support to K-12 students and make a direct, tangible impact on their lives.

In LBC’s professional school counseling program, you can earn both your undergraduate and graduate degree in just five years  – all while learning from experienced, caring and creative professionals with years of experience in the field.

Our rigorous program gives students the chance to integrate their faith into their studies formally through our Bible classes and informally through one-on-one interaction with our caring and deeply committed Christian professors. Students at LBC also get the chance to practice the skills they learn in the classroom in real-world settings, like internships and practicums, and experience school counseling in both private and public settings. Lancaster Bible College’s school counseling program is uniquely Christ-focused – and that makes all the difference to our students and the students’ they’ll eventually care for.

Our Master’s of Education in school counseling program is a 48-credit program, focusing on student and program development that implements an American School Counselor Association model. Upon graduation, our students are ready to enter the field and will have over 700 internship hours, emphasizing our deeply held belief in the benefits of practical experience. Our program will also assist you with meeting the requirements for licensure in Pennsylvania. At Lancaster Bible College, we’re passionate about training future school counselors to be able to make data-driven decisions to solve real-world problems.

Childhood and adolescence is by definition change-oriented. Help students adjust to these changes by becoming a school counselor.

Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Where LBC Students Have Interned

  • School Counselor in Private School
  • School Counselor in Public School

License, Certification & Credential Information

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy

Would You Like More Information?

Reach out to request more information today, and one of our admissions counselors will connect with you soon to provide further details and answer your questions.

Psychology/Professional School Counseling Program Scope

Bachelors of Science/Master of Education (BS/MEd) (151 Credits)

LBC Foundation Studies Courses 4 Credits

Bible & Theology Core Courses 30 Credits

Arts & Sciences Core Courses 31 Credits

Major Courses 86 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

Schedule a Visit

Want to learn more about this major or the traditional undergraduate programs at Lancaster Bible College? Consider scheduling an in-person or virtual campus visit to see the campus and talk with our admissions counselors.

What makes the LBC School Counseling program unique?
  • Earn both your undergraduate and graduate degrees in as little as five years.
  • Earn either your Pennsylvania public school certification or Pennsylvania license for professional counseling.
  • Earn your master’s in school counseling (MEd) from an accredited Bible college.
  • Learn how to provide guidance and counseling to students who need it.
What are career paths with a BS/MEd in Professional School Counseling?

The Professional School Counseling degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • School Counselor – K-12
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Family Counselor
School Counseling Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Recognize the history, development, legislation, government policy, ethics, and professional identity development of school counselors within the field of education.
  • Evaluate theories, models, techniques, and interventions related to a comprehensive school counseling program and from a biblical perspective.
  • Comprehend the administration, interpretation, and application of assessments specific to P-12 education.
  • Develop techniques to foster collaboration and consultation when working with families, personnel, agencies, and all stakeholders within the educational system.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of advocacy required to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for students.
  • Exhibit comprehension of multicultural counseling competencies.
  • Display knowledge of skills related to assessing abilities, interests, values, and personality factors related to college and career readiness.
  • Adherence to ethical standards of professional counseling organizations and a knowledge of credentialing bodies.
  • Identify risk factors and warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders including substance abuse.
  • Utilize data to inform decision-making.
Core Courses in the Psychology/Professional School Counseling Major

THE 303, 305, 313, or 316
PSY 122 Group Psychotherapy
PSY 143 History & Systems of Psychology
PSY 228 Principles & Techniques of Psychotherapy
PSY 444 Social Psychology
PSY 415 Practicum
PSY 351 Therapy Lab
PSY Cross-Cultural Experience
PSY Electives [2]
CPS 501 Orient. To Prof. CNS Identity, Function, & Ethics
CPS 508 Skills in Helping Relationships
CPS 510 Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan
CPS 515 Counseling Theory & Technique
CPS 583 Multicultural Foundations of CNS
CPS 531 Psychopathology & CNS
CPS 572 Counseling Addictions
CPS 530 Professional Ethics & Legal Issues
CPS 525 Counseling Assessment I
CPS Electives [2]
CPS 546 Theories of Personality
PSC 601 Prac. & Internship I in School CNS
PSC 602 Internship II in School CNS
CPS 541 Group Counseling Leadership Skills
CPS 505 Research & Program Evaluation
CPS 588 Career & Lifestyle Development
PSC 535 Exceptional Students
PSC 523 Leadership & Advocacy
PSC 526 Collab., Consult., & Coordination

Meet the Faculty

Melissa Lee, EdD
Assistant Professor; Director for Professional School Counseling & BS Psychology Programs
Day Butcher, EdD
Assistant Professor
Sean Dougherty, MEd/MS
Assistant Provost for Student Success, Program Director for MA in Counseling programs
Jon Shacklett, MA
Assistant Professor

View More

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Bachelor’s Degree?

LBC’s Financial Aid Office can help you navigate the process.