School Counseling

School Counseling

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 experiences 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.

The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • 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

Required Courses:

  • CE 500 Research and Evaluation
  • CE 501 Bases of Psychopathology
  • CE 503 Human Growth and Development
  • CE 505 Adv. Studies of Individuals with Disabilities or ED 509 Characteristics of Special Education
  • CE 508 Crisis Assessment/Intervention
  • CE 509 Substance Abuse Counseling
  • CE 510 Survey of Testing and Assessment
  • CE 520 Theories of Counseling
  • CE 522S Counseling for Individuals (SC)
  • CE 523S Group Counseling Techniques (SC)
  • CE 524 Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling
  • CE 530S Career Development Counseling (SC)
  • CE 534 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CE 551 Multicultural Counseling
  • CE 560 Foundations, Ethics, and Professional Issues in School Counseling
  • CE 651 Practices of School Counseling
  • CE 597S Practicum in School Counseling
  • CE 599S Internship in School Counseling (6 credits)

One electives (3 credits) with approval from advisor

Program Awards

  • 2015 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program ranked #4 out of 25 Mental Health Counseling Programs across the nation
  • 2014 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision award for outstanding master’s counseling program
  • 2014 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision award for outstanding master’s counseling program
  • 2014 European branch of the American Counseling Association award for outstanding Counselor Education Program
  • 2011 National Board for Certified Counselors award for Professional Identity