Traditional Undergraduate

Professional School Counseling

Bachelor’s + Master’s Program (BA/MA)

150 Bachelor/Master

Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Delivery Method

Traditional On-Campus, Lancaster

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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.

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

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Bachelor's Program Scope

Biblical Studies (BA)/School Counseling (MEd) (150 Credits)

Bible & Theology Core 43 Credits

Arts & Sciences Core 37 Credits

Counseling Core 70 Credits

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

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Program Distinctive - What makes this program at LBC 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.
Career Paths

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
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 for a School Counseling Student

PSY 122 Group Psychotherapy (3)
PSY 143 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
PSY 351 Therapy Lab (1)
PSY 415 PSY Practicum (3)
CPS 531 Psychopathology and Counseling (3)
CPS Elective (3)
CPS 508 Counseling Skills in Helping Relationships (3)
CPS 510 Human Growth and Development (3)
CPS 515 Counseling Theories and Techniques (3)
CPS 525 Counseling Assessment I (3)
CPS 530 Professional Ethics and Leagal Issues (3)
CPS 583 Multicultural Foundations of Counseling (3)
PSC 504 Research and Program Eval (3)
CPS 501 Orientation to Professional Counseling (3)
PSC 523 Leadership & Advocacy (3)
PSC 526 Collab, Consult, & Coord. (3)
PSC 535 Exceptional Students (3)
PSC 555 Group Counseling in Schools (3)
PSC 556 Career Dev in Schools (3)
PSC 601 Practicum & Internship I in School Counseling (3)
PSC 602 Internship II in School Counseling (3)
CPS 572 Counseling Addictions (3)
CPS 540 Marriage Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)
CPS Elective (3)

Meet the Faculty

Melissa Boas, MEd
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

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