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Counseling, M.S., School Counseling Specialty

Counseling, M.S., School Counseling Specialty


The Hood Graduate School master’s degree program with a School Counseling Specialty offers a clear path to certification as a pre-K through 12th grade school counselor. Courses—which are taught on the Frederick, Maryland campus—can be planned to fulfill requirements for professional counseling licensure.

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.  

Relevant, comprehensive

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 projected for 2016. 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. 

Flexible scheduling

Late afternoon, evening and weekend classes accommodate working adults. Courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

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Program Director:
Andrew Campbell, Ph.D.



Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions:
Jan Steven Marcus