The School Counseling concentration prepares educators to:
The M.Ed. in School Counseling may be used to obtain an advanced level license for preK-12 school personnel. Candidates must have completed two years of successful, full-time teaching experience or two years of successful experience in guidance and counseling to qualify for the School Counselor's license.
Coursework for the program is offered in multiple delivery formats with both on-campus and off-campus options. Program completion requires a minimum of 12 hours in the residential formats.
***View information for School Counseling Candidates on a DCP Prior to 2013-2014 if you are using a Degree Completion Plan (DCP) prior to academic year 2013-2014.
NOTE: Appeals will NOT be accepted from MEd/School Counselor students who were on a DCP prior to 2013-2014, broke enrollment, and want to go back on their former DCP. This cannot be allowed because DCP’s prior to 2013-2014 do not meet CACREP program requirements, and allowing it would jeopardize the program’s CACREP accreditation.
If you are completing the School Counseling Degree using the 2013-2014 DCP or later, then you should refer to the following documents and forms below.
The M.Ed. in School Counseling program supports a collaborative learning environment that prepares a culturally diverse, global student body to be competent, responsible, and ethical professional school counselors in public, private, and Christian elementary, middle, and high schools. The school counseling curriculum, taught from a Biblical perspective, prepares graduates to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs that are culturally sensitive and promote the career, personal, social, and academic development of children and adolescents. Our graduates are prepared to meet the holistic needs of diverse bodies of students, attending to their cognitive, affective, spiritual, and physical development with a balanced approach that promotes universal and optimal academic achievement and student health and well-being.
Visit the School Counseling Advising Guide to find out more information on program requirements, handbooks, forms, practicum, internship, and licensure requirements.
Visit the Graduate Online Advising Guide to find out more information on the School of Education programs, background checks, degree completion plans, licensure testing, and LiveText.
Review the Orientation to the School Counseling Program for an overview about the School Counseling Program. In addition to internship and practicum information, review the School Counseling Program Manual to find out information on admission requirements, faculty advising, discipline, remediation, appeal processes, and other school and program policies.
School Counseling students are required to complete a LiveText application before they are permitted to register for the EDCE 698: School Counseling Practicum. The prerequisites for EDCE 698 are EDCE 501, EDCE 505, background check clearance, professional liability insurance through the American Counseling Association (ACA), and an approved practicum application. View directions to complete the "EDCE 698 Practicum Application" in LiveText.
Visit the School Counseling Program Bulletin Board for information on upcoming events, activities, workshops, conferences, professional organizations/memberships, credentialing, and resources in the field of school counseling.
Visit the Gate Timeline to find out more information on the Gate process.
School Counseling program candidates enrolled in practicum and internship are required to be supervised by an approved site supervisor with documented training in counselor supervision. Visit the Counselor Supervision Training Module to learn more.
The M.Ed. in School Counseling program has received an eight year accreditation from CACREP as of July 9, 2015. CACREP is an independent accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society.
Liberty University’s School of Education, including the M.Ed. in School Counseling Program, is nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now consolidated into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Outcomes from the comprehensive program assessment are documented in the attached executive summary for review by interested persons.
Also, review the M.Ed. in School Counseling program Assessment Process and Program Modifications Summary.