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Counselor Education


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Counselor Education

West Chester University offers a CACREP accredited program that provides excellent preparation for a career as a counseling professional: the M.Ed. in School Counseling. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is not yet CACREP-accredited, as it was recently launched and cannot be accredited until a first cohort of students are prepared for graduation. However, the Department of Counselor Education is currently preparing application for accreditation of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and will seek accreditation as soon as possible. All of our master's programs satisfy the core educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and most other states.

Our programs' CACREP accreditation ensures a commitment to high academic and fieldwork standards and a focus on professionalism and ethics. CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counselor Examination and are eligible to become National Certified Counselors upon graduation, once passing that exam, streamlining the licensure application process.

In preparation for employment, WCU's programs offer a vast number of field placement sites with experienced supervisors as well as professional field experience coordinators who offer assistance in securing the best placement options available.

Our faculty are counseling professionals with real-world experience bringing their teaching to life. Many have authored the textbooks used in our courses. Additionally, each candidate in the program has a full time faculty member advisor to help make the most of their graduate experience.

Applicants interested in reviewing departmental syllabi, which include methods of instruction, can contact Dr. Cheryl Neale-McFall for more information and copies of course syllabi.

West Chester University Counselor Education Program received the 2016 Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award from the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (a branch of the American Counseling Association).

Financial Aid

For further information, please visit the Financial Aid website.

Name: Hamel, Cheryl Counseling Scholarship
Description: Will support a full or part-time graduate student pursing a Master's Degree in School Counseling with a GPA of 3.5+. College of Education Scholarship Deadlines: Oct. 1 - Dec. 18 each year for the following fall semester.
Application Process: All applicants must submit the scholarship application using the link below. Please include a current transcript, 1 letter of recommendation (faculty/optional field based supervising counselor), and personal statement. Contact the Department of Counseling Education, 610-436-2559, with any questions
 Application: Thank you for your interest in the College of Education's scholarship application. We are no longer accepting applications at this time. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Ryan at 610-430-4172.
Amount:  $1,500
 College/Division:  College of Education
 Department:  Education
Class Year:  Graduate
Minimum GPA: 3.50
Other: Must have completed 9 credits towards degree.

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