School Counseling Pre K-12 

School Counseling Pre K-12  Master of Education (M.Ed.)

About School Counseling Pre K-12

Become a transformative counselor for Pre K-12 students.

Facilitate student well being and achievement. A master's degree in school counseling from California University of Pennsylvania gives you comprehensive training and credentials for a rewarding career as a Certified School Counselor Pre K-12.

You'll graduate qualified to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and will be eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and other states. Work in public or private schools, or open a private practice.

Streamline your path to success.

  • Complete your degree in only 4 semesters and one summer with our accelerated program for students of any undergraduate major.
  • Adapt your course schedule to accommodate your lifestyle and career with evening classes, multiple program start dates and flexible internship hours.
  • Apply without MAT or GRE scores if your undergraduate GPA is 2.9 or above.

HRSA Program Student Opportunities

Cal U graduate students can apply to receive a $10,000 stipend in support of their clinical field experience in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Counselor Education, and Social Work. The application process is competitive. Click here to learn more.



Experiential Learning:  Complete 150 hours of practicum work and 600 hours of clinical fieldwork in Pennsylvania schools.

Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  We are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

Learn more about applying. 

We've been awarded best counseling program in Pennsylvania by Professional Counseling Associates and continue to maintain these high standards.
All Cal U school counseling graduates in the class of 2014-2015 were hired in their chosen or a closely related field within 180 days of graduation.
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Degree Benefits

Enjoy one of the best school counseling degrees in the nation at one of the lowest costs in Pennsylvania. Many graduate assistantships are available to help cover the cost of tuition.

  • Cultivate a high level of self-awareness.
  • Develop competent counseling skills in order to practice ethically and professionally.
  • Learn how to conduct assessments and evaluations.
  • Gain an understanding of how individuals learn and grow, and how educational systems impact personal development.
  • Acquire skills to facilitate positive change in individuals and social systems.
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Graduate Outcomes

Now is the time to complete your education with a counseling master's degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted 19% growth in jobs for career and school counselors between 2010 and 2020. Cal U counseling program alumni careers include:

  • School Counselor, Wheeling Park High School.
  • Therapist, Wesley Spectrum.
  • Counselor, Private Practice.
  • School Counselor, Southmoreland School District.
  • Director of Life Skills, University of Pittsburgh.

Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

A Cal U degree in school counseling gives you a comprehensive counseling education. Courses and fieldwork enable you to simultaneously complete Pre K-12 certification as a school counselor, become an NCC and work toward LPC licensure.



Course Credits
Area I: Core Courses Required for Candidacy
CED 700  Foundations of School Counseling 3
CED 702  Counseling Theory 3
CED 710  Counseling Skills and Techniques 3
CED 724  Experiential Group Process  3
Area II: Advanced Counseling Core
CED 705  Developmental Group Counseling 3
CED 720  Cross-cultural Counseling 3
CED 786  Career Counseling 3
Area III: Field Education Course
CED 732  Current Issues in School Counseling: Evidence Based Practices and Inclusion 3
Area IV: Counseling and Education Courses
CED 721  Diagnosis and Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
CED 722  Assessment Procedures for Counselors 3
CED 755  Counseling Across the Life Span: Prevention and Treatment in Schools and the Community 3
CED 785  Research Methods in Counseling 3
Area V: Psychological Foundations
CED 711  Clinical Field Experience (Practicum) 3
CED 712  Clinical Field Experience 6
CED 787  Ethics, Integration, Collaboration and Consultation 3
Total 48

If you have not taken the following courses or their equivalent as either an undergraduate or graduate, they are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and must be taken in order to receive school counseling certification:

  • ESP 610  Special Ed: Foundations and Collaboration (3 credits)
  • EDU 650  Supporting English Language Learners (3 credits)


Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Master's and Certification Only:  Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.90 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.90 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Post-Master's Only: Master's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution (for Bachelor's and Master's degrees)
  • Two professional recommendations from professors or employers.
  • Master's and Certification Only:  One-page resume of work and education
  • Master's and Certification Only:  A 1,000 word psychobiography typed (see CED Handbook)

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Master's and Certification Only:  Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.90 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Post-Master's Only:  Master's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • MAT with a 395 or higher or GRE with a 290 or higher
    • Interview

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

*Early Admit:  Feb 15 (for Summer or Fall starts), Sept 15 (for Spring starts)

*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full

  • Submit the non-refundable $35 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcripts to:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 724-938-4187

Out of State Students:
All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.

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Best Value

Cal U's master's degree program in school counseling was ranked second in Pennsylvania for best value by Winning traits included our standout combination of affordability, quality and convenience.

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Student Success

Meet Becky S. Karluk '00. After earning her master's degree in counselor education at Cal U, she became a guidance counselor with the Central Greene School District in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. She is responsible for 600 students in grades 6-8, all student records, and all state and achievement testing.

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Hero in Education

School counseling professor Dr. Grafton Eliason was awarded a Red Cross Hero in Education Award for "going above and beyond" in his commitment to education and community service.

School Counseling Pre-K - 12 Faculty

Dr. Grafton Eliason

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Dr. Elizabeth Gruber

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Dr. Robert Mehalik
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jeff L. Samide

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Dr. Jacqueline Walsh

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