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MSEd School Counseling

This two-track graduate degree in school counseling is customized to your current skill set and level of education, allowing you to use previous teaching skills toward the completion of a Master of Science in Education School Counseling.

The evening class schedule allows you the flexibility to continue working while completing your degree.

Program Outline  (42-45 credit hours)

Curriculum Plan

All courses are three credit hours, unless stated otherwise.

Required Core Courses

  • EDUC 553 Organization and Administration of Guidance Services
    • A seminar-type course dealing with issues faced by the professional school counselor, i.e., philosophical, ethical, legal, political, cultural, economic, and counselor self-development. Also explored will be the planning, implementation, and administration of guidance services.
  • PSYC 500 Research Methods and Statistics
    • Basic methods of research and evaluation in the behavioral sciences. An overview of research and evaluation designs, their strengths and limitations. Application of statistical methods and data-gathering techniques.
  • PSYC 501 Advanced Human Growth and Development
    • Physiological, social and psychological developmental processes from conception to maturation. Review of stages of development, patterns of behavior, and exploration of current social issues related to development.
  • PSYC 518 Lifestyle/Career Counseling
    • Career counseling theories and skills across the lifespan will be explored. Recent developments in lifestyle, theorists and theoretical constructs, as well as practical delivery systems in school and community mental health agencies will be examined.
  • PSYC 522 Social and Cultural Issues
    • Major social problems in contemporary society and their impact upon counseling will be probed. Exploration of subgroups and cross-cultural issues as well as emphasis on sensitizing students to ethnocentrism and development of respect for diversity in all its guises.
  • PSYC 528 Testing and Appraisal of Individuals
    • Introduction to the major concepts of psychological testing: reliability and validity; standardized tests; ethnic, cultural, sexual and age related factors; ethical standards for development and usage; test construction; interpretation. Prerequisite: PSYC 500
  • PSYC 530 Personality/Counseling Theories
    • Introduction to counseling theories and psychological processes involved in individual counseling. Including but not limited to analytical, phenomenological, person-centered, existential, behavioral, and cognitive/behavioral. Students will refine their own theory of personality and counseling. Case studies.
  • PSYC 535 Psychopathology
    • Overview of psychopathology, with emphasis on etiology, symptoms, sociocultural factors, system effects of disorders and maladaptive patterns of behavior. Current diagnostic and classification systems and treatment approaches will be explored.
  • PSYC 544 Counseling Skills
    • Demonstration and supervised practice (role play) of micro-counseling skills, including attending behaviors, questioning, paraphrasing, summarization, reflection of feeling, confrontation, and reflection of meaning. Students will refine their counseling techniques, integrating acquired skills and influencing strategies with personal style. Prerequisite: PSYC 530
  • PSYC 548 Group Processes in Counseling
    • Group work studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, other group work approaches, and ethical issues related to group work. Prerequisite: PSYC 530
  • PSYC 578 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
    • Studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing. In-depth study of ethical and legal codes of conduct of the counseling profession, i.e., American Counseling Association, American Association of School Counselors, American Psychological Association. Focus on ethical decision making related to the counseling process. Value clarification, rights and responsibilities of both counselor and counselee, competence, working with culturally diverse populations, as well as current legal guidelines related to maintenance of records, confidentiality, reporting child abuse/neglect, duty to warn and protect, and involuntary commitment will be examined.
  • PSYC 579 Practicum in School Counseling
    • One hundred and five clock hours of practical field experience in an approved school setting designed to enhance the practicum student’s one-to-one counseling skills. Included in the 105 clock hours will be 40-60 hours of face-to-face counseling of host school students, and other diverse counselor activities. Practicum students will meet on campus with a University of Saint Francis instructor for 1.5 hours per week during the semester for support and class work. Students will be visited at their host schools by their practicum instructor. Prerequisites: Program Director approval; to be taken toward the end of the academic program

If you have two years’ verifiable teaching experience (as determined by the Indiana State Department of Education), you will complete a professional portfolio to be presented at the end of the program. You must also complete two of the following electives:

  • PSYC 529 Human Sexuality
    • Physiological, social, and psychological factors in human sexual behavior at various ages and stages of development: normal and deviant behavior, physiological processes and correlates, attitudes and stereotypes, description and etiology of sexual dysfunctions, and common treatment strategies.
  • PSYC 545 Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Overview of the physiological, biochemical, social, and psychological aspects of psychoactive substance disorders. Examination of the rehabilitative potential of Alcoholics Anonymous/Alanon and the major propositions of the disease concept of alcoholism. Differential diagnosis of psychoactive substance use, abuse and dependence will be explored.
  • PSYC 550 Behavior Modification
    • Explores the principles and specific procedures of behavior modification. Including but not limited to collection of behavioral baseline data, setting objectives, analysis of procedures, evaluating behavioral programs, record keeping and impact on the behavior of individuals.
  • PSYC 566 Play Therapy
    • Designed to provide an understanding of the theoretical/pragmatic aspects of children’s play. Play will be discussed both as a developmental “phase stage” and as a therapeutic process. Course focus will be upon the psychological world of the child, including the relationship between the child’s internal world and external manifestations through play.
  • PSYC 570 Marriage and Family Counseling
    • System approach, theoretical formulations, counseling techniques/strategies, research findings, treatment issues, and ethical/social concerns in marriage and family counseling are studied. Prerequisites: PSYC 530, 544
  • PSYC 576 Psychopharmacology
    • Psychopharmacology as related to the professional practice of mental health counseling. Includes basic physiology and neurobiochemistry: nervous system, neuron functioning, and neurotransmitter substances. Introduction to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Clinical psychopharmacology related to anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders and geriatric, child, addiction, personality, and impulse disorder populations.

If you do not have two years of verifiable teaching experience, you will complete 45 credit hours of coursework, which will include a one-year internship worth six credit hours. The internship can be completed in a public or parochial school environment. A professional portfolio must be successfully completed and presented at the end of the program.


Upon successful completion of one of the above tracks, you will be eligible for the standard school services license (first) as a school counselor (K-12) in the state of Indiana. The standard license will be valid for five years and may be renewed. The standard license may be converted to a professional license after five years of experience as a counselor and 18 additional hours of graduate coursework.

Admissions Requirements

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 point scale. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, you must submit one of the following:
    • GRE composite score of 280 (800 on previous scale)
    • MAT composite score of 389
  • Have taken a minimum of six hours of undergraduate coursework in Psychology (may be augmented by coursework in closely related fields or may reflect life experience)


Steps to Apply

  • Completed application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application)
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
    • Must be sent directly from Registrar of institution(s) attended
  • Submit a DD214 form (United States veterans only).
  • If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0
    • Submit a GRE composite score of 800 or a MAT composite score of 389.
  • Submit a statement of career goals to gradschool@sf.edu.
  • Submit recommendations from two people who are capable of speaking about your academic ability and school counseling potential. Must be submitted using our department form.
  • After the Office of Admissions has received the above-listed materials, you will be required to interview with the Department of Education Graduate Admissions Committee.


Contact Us

If you have questions about getting started in our Master of Science in Education School Counseling program, please contact your graduate counselor.