Professional Counseling, MPhilEd

The M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling functions as the second year of our Professional Counseling Programs, following the M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services. The M.Phil.Ed. prepares students to become Certified School Counselors and/or Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). The M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling program emphasizes supervised counseling and clinical skills development for addressing the emotional and behavioral health challenges facing individuals and groups in a wide range of settings, including schools, neighborhoods, and larger communities. This program involves a year of advanced study in the mastery of professional counseling, clinical assessment, and consultation services immediately following completion of the one-year Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) M.S.Ed. program. Graduates of the program can either launch their careers as licensed professional counselors after completing post-graduate requirements or go on to pursue doctoral studies.


A total of 10 course units are required for the M.Phil.Ed.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCourse Units
Select 2 electives offered by GSE's Human Development department 1 2
 Course Units2.00
EDUC 7517 Professional Internship in Counseling I 1
EDUC 7525 Advanced Professional Practice in Communities, Agencies and Organizations 1
EDUC 7566 Advanced Professional Counseling Interventions 1
EDUC 6503 Wellness and Addictions Counseling 1
 Course Units4.00
EDUC 7518 Professional Internship in Counseling II 1
EDUC 7582 Assessment for Counselors I 1
EDUC 5585 Advanced Group and Family Counseling 1
Select 1 elective 1
 Course Units4.00
 Total Course Units10.00

School Counseling Certification Track Requirement students must take EDUC 5553 Foundations of Education for Diverse Learners as 1 of the 2 electives.

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.