School Counseling Certification & Mental Health Counseling Licensure (LPC)

The joint emphasis on school counseling certification & mental health counseling licensure is designed for students who want to work in a variety of settings in the roles of school counselors with advanced mental health counselor training and skills, or as mental health counselors with an officially recognized school counseling specialization. Students completing requirements for this emphasis must complete internship training for school counseling certification plus professional counseling licensure. Completing the internship training in both areas requires either committing more training hours per week during the second year of the program or continuing on for an extra one or two semesters following the second academic year of the program.

The school counseling emphasis in track II is based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model and takes a comprehensive approach to training school counselors.  PennGSE's leadership in educational research, theoretical investigation, and practical training provides a resource-rich environment for future school counselors to absorb the profession's most current fund of knowledge. Degree candidates are prepared to meet the most difficult challenges in serving students, schools, and communities. Students completing all coursework and internship requirements for this emphasis are eligible for certification as a Professional School Counselor in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and can be certified as Pre K-12 school counselors. Students living outside of Pennsylvania are well positioned to earn similar certification in other states.

The mental health counseling emphasis in track II prepares students to focus on mental health counseling and earn licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with a specialization in counseling children, youth, and their families. Graduates who complete coursework and internship training for this emphasis seek positions in schools, residential treatment centers, and community agencies. The specialization in mental health counseling, including developmental and preventive interventions, makes graduates particularly attractive to schools and agencies that partner with schools. A subgroup of graduates from this program focus more extensively on young adults as they cope with the challenges of transitioning from school to work and career.