Professional School Counseling



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M.A. Ed. in Professional School Counseling


 Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Professional School Counseling (PSC) is a 60-credit hour, graduate degree program housed in the Department of Counseling located in the College of Health Sciences.  The PSC program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  Our program is designed to prepare and mentor graduate students to become committed, collaborative, and competent professional school counselors.  Through a variety of teaching formats (i.e., online, hybrid, face-to-face), graduate students develop core competencies necessary to serve ALL students (k-12) in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.  Our students acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills required to promote social/emotional, academic, and career development through intentional methods such as advocacy, use of evidence-based practices, and data collection. Through experiential activities, students learn how to develop and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs including direct (i.e., individual and small group counseling) and indirect (i.e., consultation) services aimed at promoting student success and life-long learning.  The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Ethical Standards and American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics are used as guides in developing and delivering the program’s curriculum.  For more information, please visit the UNCP 2019-2020 Catalog - PSC Program Information 

Our program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and meets NC Professional School Counseling Standards.  Graduates are licensed by NCDPI as advanced graduate (specialist) in K-12 school counseling which can result in additional pay beyond the master's level (dependent upon current NC legislation/State Board policy).  Our graduates also seek certifications through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  While our program prepares students for professional school counseling, plans of study also meet current requirements for licensure by the NC Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors.  Graduates go on to pursue careers in a variety of professional counseling settings.