M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling

Professional Counseling

Part of the Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

The M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling Program functions as the second year of our M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services Program and prepares students to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). In addition to the M.Phil.Ed., students have the option to pursue School Counseling Certification. 

Fast Facts


  • Entry terms: Summer
  • Course Requirements: 10 courses
  • Typical Course Load: Summer (2 courses), Fall (4 courses), Spring (4 courses)
  • Practical Experience Component: Field Internship (20 hours per week)
  • Culminating Experience: Oral Clinical Comprehensive Exam AND Written Report of Oral Exam
  • Licensure: Prepare graduates to be eligible for Licensure in Professional Counseling (after successful completion of the NCC Exam and completing all internship hours)
  • Certificate Offered: After finishing internship hours and passing the PRAXIS, students have the option of seeking certification in School Counseling


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The M.Phil.Ed. degree program in Professional Counseling functions as Year Two of the Counseling and Mental Health Program. Students apply for the M.Phil.Ed. program in January of their first year. 

The PC Program offers two study options:  Track 1) the M.Phil.Ed. only, and Track 2) the M.Phil.Ed. + School Counseling certification. Students in Track 1 are preparing to become licensed professional Counselors (LPC) and will be able to work in any mental health setting. Students in Track 2 are preparing to become Licensed Professional Counselors in addition to earning certification in School Counseling, which allows students to work in school settings. This option requires the successful completion of national exams, internship hours, and other requirements.


The Professional Counseling (PC) program emphasizes supervised counseling and clinical skills development for addressing the emotional and behavioral health challenges facing individuals and groups in a wide range of settings, including schools, neighborhoods, and larger communities. This program involves an additional year of advanced study in the mastery of professional counseling, clinical assessment, and consultation services immediately following completion of the one-year Counseling and Mental Health Services M.S.Ed. program. Professional Counseling is a 10-course unit program with a required oral clinical comprehensive examination and a written report of that examination. The two-year, 20-course-unit sequence of the M.S.Ed. plus the M.Phil.Ed. is designed to prepare graduates for eligibility as licensed professional counselors (LPC).

The PC curriculum prepares graduates for mid-level administrative and direct counseling/clinical services, assessment, and consultation positions in education and mental health fields in public and private institutions, hospitals and health organizations, and state and federal criminal justice systems. Although well prepared to pursue further graduate psychology study at the doctoral level, students who matriculate into the Professional Counseling program typically do so to launch their careers as licensed professional counselors upon completion of their internship hours and after sitting for the licensure exam in professional counseling.


Program of Study

Core Courses

(20 course units, equivalent to 60 credits)
EDUC 575 Selected Topics in the Psychology of Education
EDUC 658 Diagnosis & Psychopathology
EDUC 717 Professional Internship in Counseling I
EDUC 718 Professional Internship in Counseling II
EDUC 725 Advanced Ethics and Professional Development
EDUC 766 Advanced Professional Counseling Interventions
EDUC 980 Research Seminar in Counseling



An integral part of the learning experience is the completion of an internship in a counseling setting. The nature of the internship will vary based upon the student’s interests. The purpose of the internship is to provide the student with practical clinical experience on an ongoing basis during the course of their M.Phil.Ed. studies. The internship is arranged by mutual agreement of the student, the student’s advisor, the PC internship course instructor, and the supervisor at the field site (who must be at least a licensed master’s-level mental health professional). Typically, students are not compensated for services rendered under the internship experience. Performance in the internship experience must be satisfactory following the first semester evaluation process, based upon the assessment of the student’s progress by the field site supervisor, the student’s academic advisor, and the PC program faculty. Satisfactory performance in the first half of the student’s coursework is a prerequisite for the oral clinical examination for the M.Phil.Ed. degree.

The oral clinical comprehensive examination process for the M.Phil.Ed. Program is designed to assess the student’s active, working knowledge of the three major themes of the program: (1) applied counseling/clinical services; (2) understanding of clients’ cultures and contexts; and (3) lifespan human development. The examination assesses the student’s competence in using and integrating applied skills in the setting where counselors work. The oral clinical examination will use a case presentation format to evaluate the student’s level of competency as a counselor.

M.Phil.Ed. Planned Program of Study


Program Faculty

Charles Jacob, Ph.D., Lecturer

Pennsylvania State University

Michael Nakkula, Ed.D., Professor of Practice 

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Marsha Richardson, Psy.D., Senior Lecturer

Widener University

Kyle Shultz, Psy.D., Lecturer in Educational Practice

Widener University

Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D., Professor

Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Ariane Thomas, Psy.D., J.D., Lecturer in Educational Practice

Widener University

Caroline Watts, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer

Harvard Graduate School of Education





Associated Faculty

Holly Cohen, M.Ed.

Temple University

Jay Lappin, MSW, LCSW

Rutgers University

Russell D. Morris, M.A.

Adelphi University

Mark Pellico, Ph.D.

Widener University

Amy Sichel, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Jeanne L. Stanley, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Nicole Warren, Psy.D., MBA, NCSP

Widener University



Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Elizabeth Mackenzie, Ph.D. 
Program Manager
(215) 898-4176

Maryetta Rowan
Counseling Program Assistant
(215) 573-6851