School and Mental Health Counseling, MSEd

The Executive Program in School and Mental Health Counseling, M.S.Ed. is designed for working professionals embarking on careers as either school or mental health counselors. The program is organized around two tracks: Mental Health Counseling Licensure and School Counseling Certification and Mental Health Counseling Licensure. Using an executive-learning format, students can earn their degrees while maintaining full-time employment by attending courses that meet for one week of intensive study each summer and one weekend per month during two academic years. The cohort-model program results in students who work closely with their peers through a sequentially structured curriculum of courses and field training. Supervised field experiences are integral to the program. This program starts in the Summer term.

For more information: https://smhc.gse.upenn.edu/program/about

Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCourse Units
EDSC 501 ETHICS & PROFESSIONAL PRINCIPLES IN SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 1
EDSC 502 COUNSELING INTERVENTIONS: THEORY & PRACTICE 1
EDSC 503 SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: PRACTICUM I 1
 Course Units3.00
Fall
EDSC 504 ASSESSMENT FOR COUNSELORS IN SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 1
EDSC 505 SOCIOCULTURAL FOUNDATIONS IN COUNSELING 1
EDSC 506 SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: PRACTICUM I (CONTINUED) 0
EDSC 507 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 1
 Course Units3.00
Spring
EDSC 508 APPLIED QUANTITATIVE METHODS 1
EDSC 509 CAREER COUNSELING & DEVELOPMENT 1
EDSC 510 GROUP COUNSELING 1
EDSC 511 SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: PRACTICUM II 1
 Course Units4.00
Second Year
Summer
EDSC 601 SCHOOL AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: INTERNSHIP I 1
EDSC 602 ADVANCED GROUP & FAMILY SYSTEMS COUNSELING 1
EDSC 606 ADVANCED COUNSELING SKILLS 1
 Course Units3.00
Fall
EDSC 603 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 0.5
EDSC 604 FOUNDATIONS IN EDUCATION FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS 1
EDSC 605 SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: INTERNSHIP I (CONTINUED) 0
EDSC 607 HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT & PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 1
EDSC 608 RESEARCH AND EVALUATION SEMINAR IN COUNSELING AND EDUCATION 0.5
 Course Units3.00
Spring
EDSC 603 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 0.5
EDSC 608 RESEARCH AND EVALUATION SEMINAR IN COUNSELING AND EDUCATION 0.5
EDSC 610 SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: INTERNSHIP II 1
EDSC 611 WELLNESS & ADDICTION COUNSELING 1
EDSC 612 SCHOOL & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: PRACTICUM III 1
 Course Units4.00
 Total Course Units20.00

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 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.