Elementary School Counselor Certification

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Elementary School Counselor Certification

The combined M.A. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Elementary School Counselor Certification prepares students to work in the field of mental health and in schools. The elementary school counselor curriculum emphasizes counseling and consulting strategies for working with elementary school children.  


Program Competencies and Expected Outcomes

Upon program completion, successful students will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  1. Philosophical foundations of school counseling and current trends
  2. Physiological and psychological growth and development with emphasis on children and youth
  3. Social and cultural influences on child development
  4. Theories, models, and processes of counseling and consultation
  5. Career choice and lifestyle
  6. Assessment techniques
  7. Organization and management of school counseling programs
  8. School curriculum design and technology
  9. Characteristics and range of exceptional students and services for at-risk children and youth



Statistics [undergraduate (3) or GEN 517 (1)]

Personality [for non-psychology majors: undergraduate (3) or PSYC 517 (1)]



Core (9 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
GEN 501 Human Development 3
GEN 502 Methods of Research 3
GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations 3
GEN 600 Comprehensive Examination 0


Required Concentration (51 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSYC 599 Comprehensive Examination in Psychology 0
PSYC 604 Group Process 3
PSYC 606 Family Counseling 3
PSYC 607 Treatment of Children and Adolescents 3
PSYC 609 Career and Vocational Counseling 3
PSYC 610 Children with Exceptional Needs 3
PSYC 614 Substance Abuse Education and Counseling 3
PSYC 617 Ethical and Professional Issues 3
PSYC 640 Diversity Counseling 3
PSYC 641 Assessment for Counselors 3
PSYC 642 Instruction and Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3
PSYC 654 Principles of Academic Assessment, Instruction and Intervention 3
PSYC 655 School Consultation and Curriculum Design 3
PSYC 668 Counseling Theories and Techniques I 3
PSYC 669 Counseling Theories and Techniques II 3
PSYC 671 Seminar I in Counseling Psychology 3
PSYC 672 Seminar II in Counseling Psychology 3
PSYC 687 Seminar in Elementary School Counseling 3



For more information, contact:
Psy.D. Clinical: Jed Yalof, Psy.D. jyalof@immaculata.edu phone: (610) 647-4400 x3505
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Sr. Jeannine O'Kane, IHM, Ph.D. jokane@immaculata.edu phone: (610) 647-4400 x3021
School Psychology: Marie McGrath, Ph.D. mmcgrath@immaculata.edu phone: (610) 647-4400 x3021


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