school counseling

Counseling, School Counseling (M.S.)

  • Dual-Degree Program
  • Master's

About this Program

The master’s degree in counseling, with a school counseling specialty, offers a clear path to certification as a pre-K through 12th grade school counselor. Courses can be planned to fulfill requirements for professional counseling licensure.

Program Overview

Program Mission 

The mission of the Master of Science in Counseling program at Hood College is to prepare motivated students for professional careers as counseling practitioners in the specialty areas of clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. We accomplish this by providing rigorous academic coursework and exemplary field training according to the exceptional standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Our program also provides students with the unique opportunity to cultivate additional expertise in the disciplines of thanatology or gerontology. We especially wish to inspire and prepare our students to use scholarly and research literature to inform their practice of counseling.

Training for a Meaningful School Role

The program prepares individuals to provide meaningful student counseling services and contribute significantly to education teams in elementary, middle and secondary schools. It includes the opportunity for specialty training in thanatology, knowledge that is increasingly helpful in student crisis response and grief/bereavement counseling situations.  

Accreditation Status 

The 60-credit program is designed to conform to the standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and CACREP accreditation will be sought when the program becomes eligible to apply. MSDE certification of the school counseling specialty is to begin enrollment for Fall 2018. Instructional domains include: foundations; counseling, prevention, and intervention; diversity and advocacy; assessment; research and evaluation; diagnosis; academic development; collaboration and consultation; and leadership. The curriculum features a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship.   

Rich Instruction

Faculty members are subject-matter experts whose scholarly and real-world experiences ensure that instruction is grounded in academic knowledge and practical application. Small classes mean close communication with instructors and rich discussion among students—and a real sense of community. 

Methods of Instruction

Late afternoon, evening and weekend classes accommodate working adults. Courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis; students are encouraged to consider how they will balance the requirements of coursework and practicum/internship with other commitments.

NOTE: Students should be aware that the clinical, occupational, and emotional demands of practicum and internship can make simultaneous full-time employment challenging. Few sites offer evening and weekend hours, and students are expected to be as flexible as possible. Students receive extensive support from faculty in identifying and securing a site, however placements and specific scheduling needs are not guaranteed. Applicants should speak to faculty for further information.

Scholarship Opportunities and Loans

  • NBCC Foundation has several scholarships specifically for counseling students.
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  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to graduate students and there is no requirement to demonstrate financial need.

Program Contact

Andrew Campbell

Program Director

Tanith Fowler Corsi

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions


Degrees Offered

  • MS

Program Requirements and Course Listings

Admission to the school counseling specialty master’s program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA. of 3.0.  If the GPA. is below 3.0, the applicant may submit GRE scores for possible consideration. Undergraduate coursework in psychology is strongly recommended.  

Individuals applying to the school counseling master's program are required to submit:

  • The online application
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • A personal statement describing factors that influenced the decision to apply to Graduate School and how this program will facilitate fulfillment of the applicant’s professional goals
  • In the counseling profession, a professional is expected to recognize and appreciate individual differences. Write about an experience (or experiences) you have had working with people different than yourself? What strengths and limitations do you see in your ability to recognize and appreciate individuals who hold beliefs and/or values that differ from your own?
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A minimum of two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (three are preferred)

All application materials should be submitted by June 15 for fall admission and Nov. 15 for spring admission. Applications will continue to be reviewed after the deadline on a space-available basis.

Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview, with online/video interviews used for applicants who live more than two hours from campus.

* Please note that a maximum of 9 credits can be transferred into the program. 

The curriculum is designed to conform to standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).  and, for students in the School Counseling specialty, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Upon completion of the Hood College Master of Science in Counseling program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate knowledge of the counseling profession and ethical practice.
  2. Integrate social and cultural diversity competencies into counseling practice.
  3. Apply theories of human development across the lifespan to counseling practice.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of theories and strategies for addressing career development.
  5. Apply knowledge of evidence-based prevention and treatment theory and techniques to assist clients achieve their mental health goals.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in group counseling theory and practice.
  7. Integrate knowledge of test theory with the practice of assessment in counseling.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to apply scholarly and research literature to counseling practice and program evaluation.

Upon completion of the Counseling, M.S., School Counseling Specialty, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate foundational knowledge of the school counseling specialty, including the history of school counseling, models of school counseling programs, and models of school-based collaboration and consultation.
  2. Articulate a grasp of the contextual dimensions of school counseling, emphasizing the responsibilities of school counselors as leaders, advocates, consultants, and multidisciplinary team members across a wide variety of practice situations.
  3. Apply school counseling strategies, interventions, and techniques to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all P-12 students.

Upon completion of the Counseling, M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate foundational knowledge of the clinical mental health counseling specialty, including the history of clinical mental health counseling, models of clinical mental health counseling, the medical basis for mental health issues, and assessment.
  2. Articulate a grasp of the contextual dimensions of clinical mental health counseling, emphasizing the responsibilities of professional clinical mental health counselors as leaders, advocates, consultants, and multidisciplinary team members to maintain client continuity of care across a wide variety of contexts (legal, community, managed care, hospital systems, etc.).
  3. Apply clinical mental health counseling practices including prevention, intervention, and specific techniques including intake interviews, mental status examination, basic counseling skills, systems-based case conceptualization, and assessment.

Nine core courses (27 credit hours) provide a common body of knowledge for all students in the program. These courses provide a solid foundation for further specialized study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

COUN 500  Human Development as a Lifelong Process


COUN 501  Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities


COUN 502  Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling


COUN 503  Lifestyle and Career Development


COUN 504  Counseling Techniques


COUN 505  Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling


COUN 506  Research and Program Evaluation


COUN 511  Theory and Principles of Counseling


COUN 534  Tests and Measurements















Required Specialty Courses

Four courses (12 credits) provide further specialized knowledge, skills and training necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of School Counseling.

COUN 540Foundations of School Counseling


COUN 541Program Planning, Management and Evaluation of School Counseling Programs


COUN 542Collaboration, Consultation and Supervision


COUN 543Counseling Youth


 Total Credit Hours:12.0

Practicum and Internship Courses (Required)

These courses provide professional practice opportunities for students to learn to apply theory and develop their counseling skills under supervision.

COUN 596 - Practicum (100 hours; 40 hours direct service)


COUN 597 - Internship (600 hours; 240 hours direct service) 

This course is two semesters, 3 credits each semester





Students will select elective courses totaling 12 credits that will allow them to also complete (if desired) a 12-credit graduate certificate program currently offered by the Department of Psychology in Thanatology. School Counseling students may also take courses required for Maryland licensure as their electives courses. The certificate program provide students with the opportunity to gain specialized expertise in working with clients who are terminally ill/bereaved and the licensure courses allow students to meet coursework requirements towards a clinical professional counseling license. Please inquire with your faculty advisor or the program director for more details. 

COUN 507 Trauma & Crisis Intervention


COUN 520  Introduction to Thanatology


COUN 521  Grief and Loss


COUN 523  Dying & Principles of Care for the Dying


COUN 528  Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology


COUN 530  Alcohol and Drug Counseling*


COUN 531 Diagnosis and Psychopathology*


COUN 532   Psychotherapy & Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders*


COUN 533   Marriage & Family Counseling*


COUN 575  Independent Study


COUN 590  Teaching Assistantship


COUN 595  Independent Research Project


COUN 599 Special Topics in Counseling




* Required for Maryland licensure

Specialization Options

A student who wishes to earn master’s degrees in both and Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling would be required to complete all specialty courses and a 600-hour internship within both the first and second specializations. Additional state requirements for licensure eligibility in the second specialization may apply.

Program Evaluation Outcomes Report – Spring 2018

The Hood College M.S. Counseling Program conducts an annual program review to comprehensively evaluate overall program effectiveness. This review includes a thorough assessment of knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for both current students as well as recent graduates. Data points include evaluations from site supervisors, alumni employers, and our Program Advisory Board. This evaluation data is used to help program faculty reflect on aspects of the program that work well and those that need improvement. Our results serve to inform programmatic and curricular decisions. The Program Evaluation Outcomes Reports is a condensed report of findings from the Hood College Annual Program Review. Questions regarding the report can be directed to Hood Counseling Program Director, Dr. Andrew Campbell (

Hood College Program Evaluation Outcomes Report - Spring 2018

Vital Statistics

In compliance with the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and related Educational Programs (CACREP) the following vital statistics are being made available for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and School Counseling programs. These numbers are based on Spring 2018 data and will be updated annually.

Total Enrolled: 71

        School Counseling: 26    

        Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 45

2017-2018 Graduates: 9

Completion Rate: 100%

Licensure/Certification Pass Rate: 100%

Job Placement Rate: 88%


The information included below is useful to prospective, current, and even graduates in that it provides you with a plethora of information. Please note, however, these handbook/manuals do not contain the complete and exact text of all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that relate to graduate students at Hood College. The Hood College Catalogue also contains policies, procedures, and information about services for graduate students and should be used in conjunction with this program-specific handbook.

Student Handbook

The Hood College Counseling Student Handbook includes a detailed description of program mission and program objectives; faculty information; plan of study for CMHC and School Counseling; matriculation requirements; and program and university policies (including expectations of students and policies related to endorsement, academic appeals, retention, and remediation. The handbook also provides information about licensure and certification; professional counseling organizations; and opportunities for professional involvement. Students will find a long listing of recommended resources for personal counseling at the end of the Student Handbook. We encourage ALL students to go through the handbook multiple times throughout the program, as it provides valuable information at different points in your learning.

Student Handbook (last updated August 2018)

Practicum & Internship Training Manual

The purpose of the Practicum & Internship Training Manual is to provide detailed information about the field experience requirements within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling M.S. programs at Hood College. Students, field site supervisors, agency representatives, and faculty instructors involved in the practicum and internship process should all familiarize themselves with the content of this manual and bring any questions to the Practicum and Internship Coordinator (PIC). It is the responsibility of each student embarking on practicum and internship to be aware of the requirements, policies, and procedures guiding these experiences, as outlined in this document. Additional questions and clarifications can be addressed with Dr. Megan Shaine, Practicum and Internship Coordinator (

Practicum & Internship Manual (last updated November 2018)

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities. The Counseling Program is committed to supporting the social and academic experiences of students of color and underrepresented minority students.

Fast Fact

Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

All Faculty
Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
  • Program Director, Master's in Counseling (Clinical and School)
Megan Doughty Shaine

Megan Doughty Shaine

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
  • Practicum and Internship Coordinator
Diane Graves

Diane R. Graves

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Program Director, Master's in Interdiscipinary Studies in Human Behavior