Curriculum and Matriculation

Master’s in Education (M.Ed.)

Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program complete two electives (6-credits) in school counseling. Elective offerings are available in courses pertaining to College Advising, Diagnosis and Treatment, Mindfulness, Crisis and Trauma, School Counselor Leadership, Social Emotional Development and Instructional Strategies to Engage Students in the Classroom. M.Ed. leads to certification as a school counselor.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Students enrolled in the M.A. program complete a master’s thesis in lieu of school counseling electives. This program of study is designed for the practitioner researcher who wishes to further examine school counselor practice. Mentored by program faculty, students enrolled in the M.A. program complete a master's thesis in lieu of electives. M.A. leads to certification as a school counselor. 

Matriculation Requirements

Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and display the professional dispositions identified by the program to graduate. Students' progress towards the program's learning outcomes are reviewed before entering practicum and internship experiences. Professional dispositions are assessed at three points: GC701 Techniques in Counseling, Practicum, and Internship. Should students not be making sufficient progress towards the program's learning outcomes, receive one "C" or if dispositional concerns arise, students will be notified, and a remediation plan is developed. Students who earn a "F" in any one course or two grades of a C/C+ will be dismissed from the program. Additionally, students must earn a "B" or better in Practicum and Internship to graduate.

To graduate from the school counseling program, students must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), which can be taken at the end of a student's program, either the semester prior to graduation or the semester a student graduates.

Course descriptions are found in our graduate catalog and course syllabi can be obtained upon request by contacting the Assistant Dean of Assessment, Heather Moore, at hamoore@loyola.edu.

The following tables include examples of potential plan of studies that outline the sequence of courses within full-time and part-time study along with when the CPCE exam is taken.

Sample Plan of Study: M.Ed. Full-Time Summer Start (May graduation) 

   Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 
  • GC 700 Introduction to School Counseling
  • GC 600 Research in Counseling
  • GC 704 Theories of Counseling
  • GC 701 Techniques of Counseling
  • GC 712 Human Development
  • GC 708 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • GC 792 Ethics
  • GC 791 Practicum
  • GC 706 Group Counseling
  • GC 703 Career Counseling
Year 2
  • GC 755 Marriage & Family 
  • GC Elective
  • GC Elective
  • GC 710 Special Education
  • GC 606 Test & Measurements
  • GC 722 Internship
  • GC Diagnosis
  • GC Drug & Alcohol
  • GC 723 Internship
  • GC Advanced Techniques

*The CPCE may be taken Year 2, Fall or Spring semesters.

Sample Plan of Study: M.Ed. Full-Time Spring Start (January graduation)

  Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester
Year 1 
  • GC 700 Introduction to School Counseling
  • GC 600 Research in Counseling
  • GC 704 Theories of Counseling
  • GC 701 Techniques of Counseling
  • GC 708 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • GC 710 Special Education
  • GC Test & Measurements 
  • GC 791 Practicum
  • GC Group Counseling
  • GC 712 Human Development 
  • GC 792 Ethics 
Year 2
  • GC 703 Career Counseling
  • GC 722 Internship 
  • GC Diagnosis
  • GC Advanced Techniques
  • GC 755 Marriage & Family
  • Elective
  • GC Drug & Alcohol 
  • GC 723 Internship
  • Elective

*The CPCE may be taken Year 2, Summer or Fall semesters.

Sample Plan of Study: M.A. Full-time Summer Start (May graduation)

  Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 
  • GC 700 Introduction to School Counseling
  • GC 600 Research in Counseling
  • GC 704 Theories of Counseling
  • GC 701 Techniques of Counseling
  • GC 712 Human Development
  • GC 708 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • GC 792 Ethics
  • GC 791 Practicum
  • GC 706 Group Counseling
  • GC 703 Career Counseling
Year 2
  • GC 755 Marriage & Family
  • GC 606 Test & Measurements
  • GC Advanced Techniques
  • GC 710 Special Education
  • Thesis 1
  • GC 722 Internship 
  • GC Diagnosis
  • Thesis 2
  • GC 723 Internship
  • GC Drug & Alcohol

*The CPCE may be taken Year 2, Fall or Spring semesters.

Sample Plan of Study: M.A. Full-time Spring Start (January graduation)

  Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester
Year 1 
  • GC 700 Introduction to School Counseling
  • GC 600 Research in Counseling
  • GC 704 Theories of Counseling
  • GC 701 Techniques of Counseling
  • GC 708 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • GC 710 Special Education
  • GC Test & Measurements
  • GC 791 Practicum
  • GC Group Counseling
  • GC 712 Human Development
  • GC 792 Ethics
Year 2
  • GC 703 Career Counseling
  • GC 722 Internship
  • Thesis 1
  • GC Advanced Techniques
  • GC Diagnosis
  • GC 755 Marriage & Family
  • GC Drug & Alcohol 
  • GC 723 Internship
  • Thesis 2

*The CPCE may be taken Year 2, Summer or Fall semesters.

Sample Plan of Study: M.Ed. Part-time Spring Start (May graduation)

  Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester
Year 1
  • GC 704 Theories of Counseling
  • GC 701 Techniques of Counseling
  • GC 700 Introduction to School Counseling
  • GC 600 Research in Counseling
  • GC 710 Special Education
  • GC 792 Professional Ethics
Year 2
  • GC 712 Human Development
  • GC 703 Career Counseling
  • GC 708 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • GC 606 Test & Measurements
  • GC 791 Practicum
  • GC 706 Group Counseling
Year 3
  • Elective
  • GC 755 Marriage and Family
  • Elective
  • GC Advanced Techniques
  • GC Diagnosis *
  • GC 722 Internship
Year 4 
  • GC Drug & Alcohol *
  • GC 723 Internship
   

* If completing 600 hours in one semester, that semester would be Spring Year 4 GC Diagnosis and GC Drug & Alcohol would be taken Fall Year 3.

Sample Plan of Study: M.Ed. Part-time Summer Start (May graduation)

  Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 
  • GC 700 Introduction to School Counseling
  • GC 600 Research in Counseling
  • GC 704 Theories of Counseling
  • GC 701 Techniques of Counseling
  • GC 703 Career Counseling
  • GC 792 Professional Ethics
Year 2
  • GC 710 Special Education
  • Elective
  • GC 708 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • GC 712 Human Development
  • GC 791 Practicum
  • GC 706 Group Counseling
Year 3
  • GC 755 Marriage & Family
  • GC Diagnosis
  • Elective
  • GC Advanced Techniques
  • GC 606 Test & Measurements
  • GC 722 Internship
  • GC Drug & Alcohol
  • GC 723 Internship

* If completing 600 hours in one semester, changes would be: summer 3 = 2 classes, Fall 3 = 2 classes, and Spring 3 = 2 classes. Internship would be taken during Fall 4.

Please note that these are suggested plans of study. Some variability could exist in the order of when students take the classes identified after practicum and before internship.

Practicum

Students complete a supervised, 100 hour in-school experience throughout the 15 week semester. Practicum students should expect to work in schools during the school day, generally one full day or two half days. Practicum can be taken either in the fall or spring semesters. Practicum students receive supervision from a Loyola professor and professional school counselor throughout the 15-week experience.

During practicum, students provide individual and small group counseling and classroom instruction within schools. Further, practicum students are exposed to school culture and observe consultation practices.

Internship

Students complete a supervised, 600 hour in-school experience. Internship can be over two academic semesters or in one academic semester. Interns should expect to work in schools during the regular school day, either 3 days a week (two academic semesters) or 5 days a week (one academic semester). Interns receive supervision from a Loyola professor and professional school counselor throughout the 15-week experience. Internship is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Interns deliver direct and indirect student services that align with the goals of a comprehensive school counseling program. Interns build upon what they learned in Practicum to further their counseling skills related to individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom instruction. Students use evidence based interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. Additionally, interns are mentored on how to collaborate with stakeholders to implement a comprehensive school counseling program.

Program Format

Most school counseling courses are taught in a hybrid format, a combination of online and in-person. Classes are held at our Timonium Campus and most meet in the evenings starting at 4:30 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Semesters are 15 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. The summer semester length is modified to 6 weeks for most classes.

Full-time students complete the program in two years and part-time students have up to five years to finish.