School counselors teach students key life skills, such as strategies for academic success and effective lifelong learning, decision making, navigation through personal/social issues, and exploring career and vocational options. School counselors work to support students’ academic, career, and personal/social growth and development.
Marymount’s master’s degree program in School Counseling can be completed in two years of full-time study. It prepares highly qualified professionals who are equipped to offer a variety of services for diverse populations in public and private school settings, at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. These services include individual and group counseling, classroom guidance, collaboration with members of the school community, and consultation with teachers and parents.
Students emerge from Marymount’s intensive, hands-on program with a solid foundation in counseling theory and skills, and with valuable field experiences through required practicums and internships in schools throughout the capital region.
Marymount’s program is based on the ASCA National Model for School Counseling Programs, CACREP Standards, licensure requirements for School Counselors in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Ethical Standards developed by the American School Counselor Association.