School Counseling, M.A.

Lead and serve the developmental needs of children in a school community

The School Counseling M.A. will teach you to support a student’s growth toward full academic and psychosocial potential.

The School Counseling program is offered full-time or part-time in a cohort format. This serves to build a strong learning community for students and allows for a richer graduate education experience. A student in the program can expect an instructional approach that combines lecture, interactive problem-based learning, individual project work, and peer-to-peer discussion.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Master of Arts programs are committed to educating counselors who will provide effective growth-oriented interventions, advocacy, and leadership when serving the needs of individuals in the many diverse communities in which they work and reside.

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Program Facts


The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs within the Department of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies at the University of Saint Joseph: School Counseling (M.A.) and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Internship and Certification Requirements


Program Outcomes

  • Counseling skills: This domain focuses on the skills necessary for engaging in the helping process. Students will demonstrate culturally appropriate skills and techniques necessary for successful pre-session, in-session, and post-session counseling behaviors.
  • Conceptualization of student or programmatic need(s): This domain focuses on the skills needed to formulate a clear understanding of a student’s or school community’s need within a broader social context and the ability to construct an intervention plan that reflects respect for the individual and the larger group
  • Counseling process: This domain focuses on the ability to recognize any aspect of counselor-client interaction, total or in part, that can be understood to directly or indirectly affect the counselor, the client, the direction of sessions, and movement toward the resulting outcome of counseling
  •  Professional role skills: This domain focuses on an awareness of the aspects of the candidate’s character that serves to enhance working as a school counselor, as well as those aspects that serve as obstacles to success in the school counselor role


  • Focuses on the wide range of issues that confront students, teachers, and parents across the full span of the school years (K-12)
  • Prepares to assist all students with the types of challenges they face as they grow and develop
  • Facilitates self-understanding and development through individual and small group activities across a variety of educational domains that pertain to counseling practice

Vital Program Statistics – 2021

Minimum Required Credits For Degree

  • MA in School Counseling – 60 credits
  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – 60 credits

Current Enrollment (Fall 2021)

  • School Counseling: 33
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 68
  • Total: 101

Number Of Applicants For The Fall 2021 Cohort

  • 57 applicants
  • 48 admitted (37 Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 11 School Counseling)

Average Undergraduate GPA For Admitted Cohort

  • 3.56

Number Of Graduates – 2021

  • School Counseling Program – 8 Students
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – 17 Students

Students Who Pursue License/Certification

  • School Counseling Program – 100% (certification is received upon graduation)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program – 100%

Employment Rate Within Six Months Of Graduation

  • School Counseling Program – 100%
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – 100%

Graduation Rate:

  • School Counseling Program: 93% Graduation Rate
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 87% Graduation Rate

Students With Disabilities

Female Students – 3Male Students – 0

Master’s Student Demographics 2020 – 2021

Female Students – 87Male Students – 14
African American Females – 6African American Males – 1
Asian American Females – 3Asian American Males – 0
Caucasian Females – 57Caucasian Males – 11
Hispanic Females – 15Hispanic Males – 1
Native American Females – 0Native American Males – 0
Multiracial Females – 0Multiracial Males – 0

Meet The Faculty

Counseling Faculty


Dr. Marte Ostvik-de Wilde
Associate Professor, Program Director
Phone: 860.231.5324
Email: [email protected]

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