LBC | Professional School Counseling

Professional School Counseling

Bachelor of Science and Master of Education (BS/MEd)


Learn how to guide students.

Study School Counseling at Lancaster Bible College

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 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 commuted 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 focusing on implementing an American School Counselor Association model. Upon graduation, our students are ready to enter the field and will have over 600 internship hours under their belts, 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.

Why Study School Counseling at LBC?

  • 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 counselor.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." - Proverbs 1:7

A Closer Look: School Counseling

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Preparing Students for the Future

"My experience in the Counseling & Social Work department has been amazing." said Shanice Smith-Starr, a social work major at LBC, "It has been such a blessing to learn how to serve and value people from various parts of life. I am thankful that I am being fully equipped to serve others through Christ, whom is our greatest example.

Meet The Faculty

Mr. Thomas Starr

Director of MEd Professional School Counseling, Field Service Director

"Everyone learns differently, therefore providing room for all learning styles and manners is necessary. I enjoy assisting individuals with connecting the abstract to the here and now." — Mr. Starr

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Dr. Ryan Kuehner

Chair of the Counseling & Social Work Department

"Hey, airplanes still take off in the rain." — Dr. Ryan Kuehner

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Dr. Gary Troxell

Program Coordinator - M.Ed in Professional School Counseling

"My teaching style and design is purposed towards assisting students to incorporate a biblical worldview in their thinking, with an integrationist perspective, in order to utilize the Book of God’s Word and the Book of God’s Works to seek Him further." — Dr. Troxell

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Careers and Jobs in School Counseling

  • School Counselor
  • Emergency Counselor
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Family Counselor

Sample Course Outline

PCN 122 - Group Experience & Self-Evaluation

The course provides students with an in depth self-evaluation for both personal development and professional development for the human services field. Student learning occurs through in-class instruction and group participation during class. The teaching method is experiential in nature. The course consists of an off campus weekend seminar during the first semester of the freshman year. Students will be required to read a textbook on spiritual formation and complete a reflection journal post seminar.

PCN 201 - Systems of Counseling I: Christian

This course examines the history of Christian counseling as it relates to the integration of theology and psychology. Consideration is given for the broad range of approaches including: biblical counseling, levels-of-explanation, integration, and Christian psychology. Course content includes study and application of the principles and methods for effective biblical change.

PCN 123 - Introduction to the Helping Professions

Portion of the course will present the student with an introduction to the new professional role and function of the school counselor. In addition to historical perspectives, the student will explore the nature of the profession; the new leadership role for the professional school counselor; the ASCA model of comprehensive services; the responsive services of the school counselor; and what school counseling will look like in the future. Class activities and discussions, written assignments, and quizzes will assess student knowledge of course material. Instructional PowerPoint lectures will serve as the primary teaching modality.

PCN 212 - Systems of Counseling II: Psychology

This course will provide the students with an introduction to the study of sociology. It is designed to equip them with sociological perspectives on human behavior and the basic tools of sociological analysis. By using the sociological imagination, students will attempt to objectively view the world. Students will critically analyze how society shapes each individual and how individuals in turn shape society. Social institutions, social groups, social control, social inequality and social change will be assessed from secular and biblical perspectives.

SOC 203 - Principles of Sociology

This course will provide the students with an introduction to the study of sociology. It is designed to equip them with sociological perspectives on human behavior and the basic tools of sociological analysis. By using the sociological imagination, students will attempt to objectively view the world. Students will critically analyze how society shapes each individual and how individuals in turn shape society. Social institutions, social groups, social control, social inequality and social change will be assessed from secular and biblical perspectives.

SOC 228 - Principles & Techniques of Counseling

This introductory course aims to apprise students of the basic tools necessary for effective counseling. As might be expected, the course covers a broad range of topics ranging from professional ethics to specific techniques used in therapy. Although most of the current theories and techniques are not necessarily derived from specific scriptural texts, a biblical worldview is foundational to the views advanced in this class. To that end, students are encouraged to interact with several sources outside the classroom setting in order to provide rich illustrations for the benefit of their classmates.

PSC 555 - Elementary and Secondary Group Guidance

This course is designed to equip the school counselor with skill for small group work in the school setting. The student will apply the Solutions Initiated concept to basic group practices to be utilized for the special needs of school children and adolescents. Special interest will be placed on group efforts as well as on individual counseling for substance abuse, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), victims of violence and abuse and other special needs of children and adolescents.

PSC 504 - Research Design and Methods for School Counselors

Data collection and analysis is an essential component of effective school counseling programs. The use of research design and methods to answer the question, “How are students better because of the programs and services provided through the school counseling program?” is the focus of this course. Through the use of action research, the student will develop a theoretical and practical foundation of the application of research and data collection as it relates to the professional school counseling. This course exposes students to an evidence-based practice model for school counseling. The evidence-based practices movement puts emphasis upon the increasing use of intervention and programming responses that are first grounded in quality research, and then evaluated using rigorous measures.

PSC 526 - Collaboration, Consultation and Coordination

Students will develop an understanding of the importance of teaming and collaboration in the development, implementation and evaluation of the school counseling program and in facilitating change in school expectations, climate, policy and practice to better meet the needs of students.

PSC 523 - Leadership and Advocacy in Education

School Counselors serve as leaders within the educational context. This course will examine various models of effective educational leadership, the role of the school counselor in effecting change and the development of strategies for advocating for the diverse needs of multicultural students, families, schools and communities.

PSC 556 - Career Development in the Schools

This course will equip students to understand, assess, and then recycle and apply career development theory in school and counseling settings in terms of career stewardship development (CSD). Students will examine and contribute to a curriculum of interventions to teach others to plan and serve faithfully in the contemporary world of work with the talents entrusted to them.

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Objectives

In as little as five years, you can earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and begin working with students in an educational setting as a professional school counselor. You will also have the opportunity to seek PA public school certification and to take additional coursework that could qualify you for licensure in PA as a licensed professional counselor.

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