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School Counseling

“Graduates of Marymount University’s School Counseling Program are well prepared to serve as leaders in the school counseling profession. They enter schools with an outstanding understanding of comprehensive school counseling programs and how to use data to drive programs and close achievement gaps. In addition, they understand the structure of schools which allows them to effectively partner and navigate systems to best support student success.”
Marcy G. Miller Kneale
Coordinator School Counseling and College Success
Fairfax County Public Schools


Marymount University’s School Counseling program prepares effective professionals who are competent in a wide variety of clinical, consultative, and administrative roles at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

The program is intensive and hands-on, combining a foundation in counseling theory and research methodology with experiential learning through field experieinces and internships in area schools. This approach produces a professional who is well versed in both theory and practice, and who emerges from the program with valuable knowledge and preparedness in a stimulating, collegial classroom atmosphere.
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for licensure as school counselors (grades PK-12) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Last year, there were 45 graduates of Marymount University’s Counseling programs; Clinical Mental Health Counseling (29), School Counseling (13), and Pastoral Counseling (3). Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for all of our graduates taking the NCE examination in 2013 was 98% (98% CMHC; 95% SC; 100% PC). Of the admitted students, 67% from CMHC; 87% from SC; and 71% from PC graduate from their programs in the expected time period and 83% (CMHC); 100% (SC); and 100% (PC) of program graduates responding to surveys have confirmed employment.

Approximately 130 students are enrolled in the program and the Department accepts a maximum of 45 students each year. This number varies depending on the total number of graduates in the year preceding the admission year and ratio of part time and full time student status.  Courses accommodate both part-time and full-time students. 
The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The conceptual framework for the School Counseling program has been developed using the standards and recommendations of the following sources:
  • the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • the ASCA National Model for School Counseling Programs and National Standards for School Counseling programs
  • Ethical Standards for School Counselors developed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
  • licensure requirements for school counselors as outlined by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Education
  • the Commonwealth of Virginia Standards for School Counseling Programs

Contact Information

Counseling Department
Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Questions? Call:
(800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-5901

E-mail: grad.admissions@marymount.edu

Faculty Spotlight

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                      Photo Of Tamara E. Davis
Dr. Tamara E. Davis
Professor of Psychology

Dr. Tammy Davis teaches courses in both the School Counseling and Community Counseling programs. Her professional positions have included being past president of both the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the Virginia School Counselor Association.