M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services

CMHS

Part of the Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

The M.S.Ed. in CMHS provides a gateway to professional training in psychology, mental health counseling, school counseling, and/or research in these areas. The degree prepares students either to enter the Professional Counseling program at Penn GSE or to continue in a doctoral program at another university. The program is intended for full-time students only, though exceptions may be made for full-time Penn employees. Persons who wish to keep their full-time jobs should apply to the SMHC Executive Program.

Fast Facts

 

  • Entry terms: Fall
  • Course Requirements: 10 courses
  • Typical Course Load: Fall (4 courses), Spring (4 courses), Summer (2 courses)
  • Practical Experience Component: Practicum (8-10 hours per week)
  • Culminating Experience: Comprehensive Exam
  • Certificate/Licensure Offered: Not until completion of Professional Counseling Program (M.Phil.Ed.)
  • Click here for a list of frequently asked questions

 

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Overview

 

This full-time, one-calendar-year master’s program is a gateway to professional training in psychology, mental health counseling, school counseling and/or research in these areas. The CMHS program is designed to prepare students to either 1) enter the Professional Counseling program at Penn GSE (see below); or 2) continue on to doctoral programs at other institutions. The program’s innovative format combines coursework with practical field experience in preparation for future roles as mental health professionals who provide counseling services for children, adolescents, college students, families, and adults. Students take core courses in counseling and human development in preparation for professional training in mental health counseling and related fields.

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The Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) M.S.Ed. Program requires a minimum of 10 course units of approved graduate work beyond the baccalaureate degree. In addition, all students must take a written comprehensive examination, and complete a two-semester practicum field placement. Students typically complete the requirements in two semesters plus a summer term.

Satisfactory grades in Introductory Psychology courses are desired for matriculation into the Counseling and Mental Health Services Program; however, we review and regularly accept applicants from all academic backgrounds.

A two-semester field placement provides the opportunity for students to learn and practice counseling skills in a professional and supportive environment. Students select placements from GSE’s pool of high-quality training sites including mental health centers, schools, hospitals, and colleges. Students receive supervision both on-site and in a small seminar group format.

The coursework and practical experience work together to reinforce the development of the student’s emerging professional identity and to prepare the student for a successful career in the field of counseling and mental health services. Counseling faculty serve as mentors and advisors, guiding students in their professional and academic development.

We welcome international students into our program, though we cannot guarantee that our degree requirements will match the professional requirements in other countries. International students who wish to pursue certification/licensure options in their home countries after the completion of the degree should research what those requirements are prior to entering the program. Our degree programs are designed to meet U.S. certification/licensure requirements. Also, students seeking to stay in the U.S. after graduating in order to complete post-graduate requirements for professional licensure are subject to all U.S. regulations regarding foreign nationals seeking employment in the U.S.

Program of Study

Core Courses

Students in the Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) M.S.Ed. Program have multiple options for further study and career advancement here at Penn GSE. At the end of the first fall semester, students in the Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) Program may apply to the Professional Counseling (PC) Program.

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EDUC 560 Human Development
EDUC 613 Group Counseling
EDUC 663 Sociocultural Foundations in Counseling
EDUC 667 Introduction to Statistics for Education
EDUC 686 Counseling Interventions
EDUC 687 Counseling Ethics and Professional Principles
EDUC 688 Counseling Practicum (plus the Practicum Seminar)
EDUC 782 Assessment for Counselors

Download Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS), M.S.Ed. Planned Program of Study

Faculty

Program Faculty

Charles Jacob, Ph.D., Lecturer

Pennsylvania State University

Michael Nakkula, Ed.D., Practice Professor 

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Marsha Richardson, Psy.D., Senior Lecturer

Widener University

Kyle Schultz, Psy.D., Lecturer

Widener University

Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D., Professor

Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

 

 

Ariane Thomas, Psy.D., J.D., Lecturer

Widener University

Caroline Watts, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer

Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

 

 

 

Associated Faculty

Amy Sichel, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Jeanne L. Stanley, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Meet Our Students and Alumni

The M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services is a gateway to professional training in psychology, mental health counseling, school counseling, and research. Our alumni work as counselors in a variety of school and community settings. Many go on to pursue doctoral study.  

 

Meet some of our Current Students

Meet some of our Alumni

Contact

 

Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Elizabeth Mackenzie
Program Manager
(215) 898-4176
emackenz@gse.upenn.edu

Maryetta Rowan
Counseling Program Assistant
(215) 573-6851
rowanm@upenn.edu