School counselor with young student

Become a school counselor with the skills employers want. 

There is a growing need for school counselors in our society. School counselors serve as a resource for students, teachers, families, and the wider school community and play a critical role in creating better educational and personal outcomes for students. 

Lebanon Valley College’s master’s in school counseling will prepare you to meet this need and become an evidence-based school counselor with broad skills and abilities. LVC’s program has Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approval. Graduates of the program will receive school counselor certification and be immediately eligible to enter the workforce in a K-12 school setting. 

The program is flexible and can be completed part-time or full-time. With the hybrid program design approximately 35% of the program is offered online, and the remaining coursework requires face-to-face instruction. 

Fast Facts

Program Format Online, In Person & Hybrid
Start Dates Fall I and Spring I

Why LVC?

  • Undecided about which direction you want to take in counseling after graduation? Much of the M.S. in School Counseling coursework—approximately 50%—overlaps with our M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Program, enabling students to switch gears partway through the program.
  • Enter a job market with an expected 8% growth (much faster than average) through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  • LVC’s program is aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements. The College will begin the CACREP application process in 2022.
  • Gain invaluable clinical experience, including supervised practicums and internships.
  • Courses are offered in an accelerated format featuring 7-week courses and six terms per year. Complete the program full-time in as little as two years, or take classes part-time at your pace. 

Bring a broad-based background to your work as a school counselor.

LVC’s school counseling program creates evidence-based practitioners with the skills and competencies most often sought by employers. 

Students complete coursework focused on essential counseling skills and specific courses that build the educational competencies needed to work with school-aged children and adolescents. Students take courses in:

  • Child/Adolescent Counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Crisis Intervention and prevention
  • Career Counseling & Development
  • And more.

A flexible program for anyone interested in pursuing counseling. 

Students who start counseling programs are often confident that they want to be in a helping profession, but they do not always know the implications of working in various settings. Our master’s degrees in counseling share several core courses and allow students to learn about each path as they progress through the program. School Counseling students can transition to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program partway through the program if they desire. 

Take courses online and in-person at LVC’s campus. Finish the program after two years of full-time enrollment. Or spread your coursework over three years or more to accommodate the demands on your schedule. 

Students with a bachelor’s degree—from LVC or any accredited institution—in any field are welcome to apply.

Earn your school counselor certification.

The M.S. in School Counseling program is aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements. 

You will acquire clinical practicum and clinical internship experience in the program. Upon completion of the degree, you will receive your school counselor certification and be prepared to work in a K-12 school setting.

The College will begin the CACREP application process in 2022.