Master of Education (M.Ed.)- School Counselor Advising Guide

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 M.Ed./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 DCPs 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.

Requirements

  • No teaching license required for internship
  • Two years of teaching or counseling experience required for Virginia licensure
    • May be acquired during the M.Ed. program
    • May be acquired while employed as a school counselor with provisional license
  • Required Intensives: EDCE 505, EDCE 512, EDUC 622, and EDCE 661
  • Field experiences, practicum, and internship
  • Licensure Tests by Gate 3
    • Praxis Professional School Counselor (0421 or 5421) is required at Gate 3. You may also submit scores for your state’s equivalent test in place of the Praxis 0421 or 5421. If your state does not have an equivalent then you must complete the Praxis II 0421 or 5421. You may review the student companion for the Praxis exam and register for the exam. Currently, there is no minimum score for Liberty University's M.Ed. in School Counseling program, but you should be mindful of minimum scores for other states in which you may be seeking licensure.

Practicum & Internship Information

  • 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. View information on the practicum, including help finding a site.
  • Candidates must be approved through Gate 3 in order to be approved for internship. All Gate 3 deadlines and requirements must be met for each semester of internship. All EDCE courses and EDUC 600 must be completed prior to internship. View information on the required internships.

Taking Non-Required Courses for Additional Voluntary Credentials

Students in the school counseling program are permitted to take classes outside of those listed on their DCP during internship as long as all other courses except internship have been successfully completed. If any of the courses students wish to take include the following COUN courses: COUN 601, COUN 691, COUN 646, and COUN 667, then pre-requisites to those COUN courses have been met by the M.Ed. in School Counseling curriculum. COUN 646 must be completed before the other approved COUN courses are attempted. Students may take ONLY one course per term along with internship. If there is a summer between internships, the student may take these courses at that time. All students receiving financial aid must consult with the financial aid office to understand how taking courses not listed on the school counseling DCP will impact financial aid. Courses apart from those COUN courses listed above must be approved by the student's faculty mentor.

Taking these voluntary additional courses does not in any way result in additional degrees or credentials or a dual degree in clinical mental health counseling. Taking these courses in no way indicates that a student's State Board of Counseling will accept them toward licensure as a professional counselor. It is the student's responsibility to confirm this with the board if these courses are being taken for this purpose. None of the above effects the school counseling program--follow your DCP for school counseling certification/licensure.

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