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Guaranteed First-Year Admission (3+2)

LVC’s School Counseling Program guides you to two degrees—a bachelor’s and master’s in school counseling—in five years, and you won’t have to apply to our graduate school. This streamlined process will provide you with a competitive advantage toward becoming a school counselor. High school students should apply to Lebanon Valley College through the LVC Application and submit other required materials for admission to the College. On the application, students must indicate Psychology-School Counseling as their intended major. Successful majors will earn a Bachelor of Science midway through their fourth year and Master of Science in School counseling after the fifth year and be prepared to enter a job market with an expected 8% growth (much faster than average) through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

About the School Counseling Program

The Lebanon Valley College School Counseling Program helps majors become evidence-based school counselors with broad abilities in the skills most often sought by employers, including: 

  • Acquiring knowledge about counseling
  • Assembling information from different domains and sources
  • Analyzing the results of that process to inform decisions
  • Applying what you’ve learned within your practicums and internships
  • Articulating your insights in written and oral communications 

Why LVC?

  • Undecided about which direction you want to take in counseling after graduation? Much of the school psychology coursework—65%—overlaps with our Clinical Mental Health Program enabling students to switch gears well into their academic career.
  • Students who want to expand their marketability can pursue both LVC tracks—school counseling and clinical mental health—which will make them eligible to work in education, state agencies, and healthcare organizations.
  • LVC’s program is aligned with the requirements of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). *The College will begin the CACREP application process later this year.
  • School counseling majors' clinical experience involves 100 hours of supervised practicums and 600 hours of supervised internships.
  • Courses are offered in an accelerated format featuring 7-week courses and six terms per year. Graduate-entry students with an approved bachelor’s degree can complete their master’s in two years. 

Enrolling in the School Counseling Program

Undergraduate students can enroll in one of two tracks.

The undergraduate 3+2 program that includes 3.5 years of undergraduate LVC psychology and Constellation LVC courses that lead to a B.S., followed by 1.5 years of graduate training that leads to an M.S. Current high school students seeking admission to this undergraduate program can see requirements and begin the application process here.  

Current LVC first-year or sophomore students not initially accepted to the College as part of the 3+2 program, but who desire to matriculate into the program, may do so before the Spring semester of sophomore year (when students begin to complete graduate-level PSY courses). Students must have attained a cumulative 3.0 GPA here at the College and will be considered for admission to the program through an established process pending review of specific requirements listed here

The graduate-only phase for individuals with an existing bachelor’s degree; at a minimum, this requires two years to attain the M.S. degree. Individuals seeking admission to this graduate program can see requirements and begin the application process here.  

At the completion of the program, all graduates will be eligible for employment as a School Counselor. Graduates on the school counseling track will be certified school counselors who are immediately eligible to enter the workforce in a K-12 school setting. The College expects to apply for accreditation by the Council for Accreditation and Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) no later than 2023-24. All initial admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.