Counseling and Mental Health Services, MSEd

The M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services (Year 1) is designed to introduce students to advanced training in psychology, mental health counseling, and school counseling.  The program’s innovative format combines coursework with practical field experience in preparation for future roles as mental health professionals who provide counseling services for children, adolescents, college students, families, and adults in a variety of settings. Many graduates of CMHS continue on to the M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling (Year 2) at Penn GSE in order to qualify for licensure as a professional counselor or to pursue certification in school counseling.


A total of 10 course units are required for the MSEd.

Plan of Study Grid
FallCourse Units
EDUC 6558 Diagnosis and Psychopatholgy 1
EDUC 6586 Counseling Interventions 1
EDUC 6587 Counseling Ethics & Professional Principles 1
EDUC 6588 Counseling Practicum 1
 Course Units4.00
EDUC 5560 Human Development 1
EDUC 6563 Sociocultural Foundations in Counseling 1
EDUC 6588 Counseling Practicum 1
EDUC 6513 Group Counseling 1
 Course Units4.00
EDUC 6667 Introductory Statistics for Educational Research 1
EDUC 6585 Career Counseling and Development 1
 Course Units2.00
 Total Course Units10.00

Required Milestones

Comprehensive Examination (or Portfolio or Thesis)

 Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by passing a comprehensive examination in their area of study. The examination/portfolio/thesis serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Comprehensive formats vary.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.