Counseling Psychology MEd
Prepare for a career as a counselor in an agency or school with Temple University’s Master of Education (MEd) in Counseling Psychology, and acquire the assessment and therapeutic skills necessary to work with diverse populations in various applied settings. Learn to facilitate healthy personal and interpersonal relationships across the lifespan, working with couples, families, groups and individuals.
This master’s degree equips students with the tools needed to become multiculturally competent counselors in diverse settings. Skills in multicultural competence and cultural awareness are woven into every course. The Counseling Psychology MEd at Temple was also one of the first programs in the country to require students to take a multicultural counseling course in order to graduate.
Small classes foster direct, collaborative relationships with instructors and classmates. Clinical courses in particular are limited to 15 students. The Counseling Psychology MEd provides ample opportunities for intensive, hands-on training, culminating in a year-long practicum and internship experience. Experiential components are also integrated into most courses.
In addition, the program strongly believes that in order to be an effective counselor it is necessary for students to know themselves—that is, to understand their own strengths and areas for potential growth. Because counseling is an interpersonal process with considerable influence and power, the program evaluates each student continuously for their development of mature, ethical and professional behavior.
- Agency Counseling: Develop the skill set necessary to work with individuals, couples, families and groups in various clinical settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals and other agencies, and prepare to qualify for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.
- School Counseling: Gain the expertise needed to practice as a school counselor who works with students, teachers, administrators and parents in elementary and secondary schools, and prepare for PreK-12 school counselor certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Classes & Curriculum
Choose to complete the MEd on a full-time or part-time basis. Studying full time, students generally complete the program in two years, while studying part time they usually finish in three years.
The clinical training component of the Counseling Psychology MEd follows a unique progression. Students begin with counseling psychology experiential “labs” in their first year, progress to practicum experiences in the summer after their first year, and then move into an internship during their second year (or third year for part-time students). Learn more about the internship components of the curriculum.