Elementary & Secondary
School Counseling

Master of Education

About This Program

Program Purpose

The College of Education at Wilmington University reserves the right to change requirements to comply with any licensure/certification mandates by the Professional Standards Board and/or the Delaware State Department of Education and/or State of Delaware legislation.

The Master of Education in Elementary and Secondary School program prepares school counselor candidates to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career developmental needs. The MEC Program competencies established   the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for an effective professional school counselor. All aspects of the program align with philosophy and vision of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model, the ASCA School Counselor Competencies, and the Delaware Code mandating the ASCA model in every public school. The counselor preparation program provides training in the design, implementation and accountability of a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes advocacy and collaboration to ensure student success.

With a Master of Education in School Counseling degree, State approved school counselor preparation program, and passing scores on the PRAXIS I test, the graduate meets the requirements established by the Delaware Professional Standards Board for a standard certification, school counselor.

Outcomes Assessment

The Outcomes Assessment Map is a plan to routinely make use of evaluations of candidate performance for success in meeting required graduation and program competencies and national /state standards. The map facilitates the collection of course imbedded criterion measures (CECRAM) that identify course, specific activity, and an assessment that is linked to competencies.

Rubrics are used to measure the proficiencies of students in required activities. CECRAM data is collected in order to evaluate students' performance in the areas of knowledge, skills, and attributes. CECRAM data is a summary of performance measures from various sources that include projects, oral presentations, action research, video and audio tapes of interviews with individuals and groups. The CECRAM data derived from the rubrics provides information for ongoing planning, evaluation, and program improvement.

The ultimate goal for all MEC students is the Supervised Practicum/Internship which is the clinical experience or Capstone Course. Prerequisite courses are required to assure that students are prepared for clinical success by meeting prerequisite knowledge and skill competencies. Clinical supervisors assess the knowledge, skills, and attributes which are based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the Delaware model for best practices. All the skills that have been developed are put into practice during the Practicum/Internship. Prescribed assessment instruments are used to evaluate students. Clinical students are required to develop an electronic portfolio demonstrating proficiency levels of competencies and standards.

Program Competencies

The Master of Education in School Counseling has nine program competencies derived from the National/Delaware Professional Counselor Standards and the College of Education Conceptual Framework. Counselor candidates will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to:

  1. Develop an understanding of human behavior and child development in order to address the cognitive, personal, social, and career needs of children and adolescents.
  2. Acquire an understanding of a comprehensive school counseling program which enables counselors to demonstrate fairness and equity to every student. Develop the skills to design, implement, and evaluate this program.
  3. Understand the principles and purposes of assessment and the collection and use of data to monitor student progress and implement the results.
  4. Examine and demonstrate a thorough understanding of established and emerging counseling theories to create a foundation for effective counseling with a diverse population.
  5. Develop the knowledge, skills, techniques, and confidence in individual, group counseling, and classroom guidance needed to act as a leader and advocate to assist children and adolescents with their development, learning, achievement, and decision making tasks.
  6. Become familiar with contemporary issues which are affecting the social, physical, and cognitive development of children and adolescents.
  7. Acquire an understanding of family and marital systems, as well as the consultation process, needed to work with parents, teachers, administrators, and the community to achieve common goals for the education of children.
  8. Develop the knowledge and expertise needed to provide youth with career development information. In addition, know how to locate information and resources which will facilitate academic, social-personal, and career decision making.
  9. Develop a complete understanding of the ethical standards and guidelines of both the American Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association.
  10. Access and use information effectively, efficiently, and appropriately and use technology to effectively locate and communicate information. In addition, evaluate the quality of resources and content.

Program Design

The Master of Education in School Counseling is fully approved by the Delaware Department of Education; the program competencies are based on the national standards established by the America School Counselor Association and the Delaware Department of Education/NASDTEC Standards. Also the program is based on the Educational Division's Conceptual Framework that focus on attributes, program, and graduation competencies that prepare students to implement a developmental, comprehensive school counseling program. The curriculum includes competencies in three domains: academic, career, and personal/social development. Curriculum components meet the eligibility requirements for counselor certification in the State of Delaware.

The curriculum for the Master of Education in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling, a 39 or 45  semester credit program, is based on the National and State Model School Counseling Program in three broad areas described by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA): academic/developmental, career development, and personal/social development. In addition to the ten required academic courses, students with three years as a lead teacher complete a one-semester, six-credit 100-hour supervised practicum under the direction of a certified counselor and supervision of a Wilmington University faculty member. Students without the three years of required school experience complete two semesters, 12 credit hours of supervised internships totaling 1,000 hours (teaching activities and school counseling activities).

Program Requirements

Students are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Master of Education degree with a concentration in School Counseling which include both traditional course work as well as clinical experiences. Students with a teaching background are required to complete a 6-credit, one- semester practicum experience. Students who lack a teaching background are required to complete two clinical courses (Internship I and Internship II) which span two semesters. In addition, all students are expected to develop an electronic portfolio which focuses on program, graduation, and state and national competencies.

Current New Jersey school counselor certification requirements state that one must complete a program which consists of 48 graduate credit hours that are distributed among various areas of a counseling program. Therefore, more course work is required to meet the 48 minimum credit hours. The following courses have been approved by the New Jersey Office of Licensure and Credentials  to meet credits and course content areas: Multicultural Counseling (MEC 6608 Available Online), Drug and Alcohol Counseling (MEC 6600 Available Online), Research Methods, Statistics, and Accountability in School Counseling (MEC 7806), and Classification of Psychopathology (MCC 6901). The school counselor certification process is the responsibility of the student counselor and is between the applicant and the state Department of Education.

Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.