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Graduate Bulletin

Counseling Psychology, Ed.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: February 1                            [December 15 for international applicants]

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline has passed.

A supplemental application, which can be found at www.temple.edu/education/pdfs/cn_psych_appEdM.pdf, is required.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators familiar with the applicant's academic or clinical experience/competencies, particularly college/university faculty members and work supervisors.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants who were not Psychology majors as undergraduates should have taken the following courses: Introduction to Psychology (or Introduction to Educational Psychology) and/or Abnormal Psychology (Psychopathology).

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in an discipline related to the social sciences is appropriate.

Statement of Goals:

Applicants are asked to submit two essays, each 1-2 pages in length double-spaced, that indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree.  The following questions are to be addressed: 1. What are your three major life goals and how do you plan to achieve them? and 2. Why do you want to become a counselor? This statement is evaluated against the program's mission.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. It is expected that the scores, whether GRE or MAT, will be at the 50th percentile or above. The program evaluates all components of the GRE, but gives somewhat more weight to the verbal score.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


Applicants who pass the initial application screening will be invited for an individual or group interview with members of the faculty between February and April. The interviews will be used to obtain additional data related to admissions criteria (e.g., clarify questions raised by the candidate's application) and will be used to make an assessment of the communications skills that are associated with success in counselor training.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Courses from an accredited institution may be transferred into the program if they: a) have been completed less than five years from the date of admission to the program; b) have not been used to complete another degree; and c) are relevant to the field of Counseling Psychology. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 9.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60

Required Courses:

Cn Psy 492, 511 or 690, 521, 525, 565 or 566, 589, 590, 593, 669 and 670 or 691, 694, 698, 699, 798

Ed 525

Ed Psy 541

One (3-credit) elective to earn the degree

Internship: An internship is required. Students are expected to complete 280 client contact hours at a training site approved by the program. Students seeking school certification complete their training in a school setting, whereas agency/community counseling students complete their training in a community mental health setting. Students receive both individual, on-site supervision and group supervision as a part of their training experience.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The comprehensive examination is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply both their didactic and practice-oriented academic experiences. Students are eligible to complete the comprehensive examination after all of the required coursework has been completed. The exam consists of one broad question, which is requires a response in a 4-hour period of time. Questions are designed to assess a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as legal and ethical issues.

The comprehensive examination is given during the spring semester each year. The examination occurs on a Saturday morning in one of the computer laboratories located on Main Campus. Faculty members who are not responsible for writing the question or scoring the responses proctor the examination.

Faculty members rotate on an annual basis with regard to writing the comprehensive examination question and scoring the responses. They independently score each examination response using a 5-point Likert scale. All responses are graded anonymously. Any student(s) who writes an exemplary response receives a "pass with distinction."

The scores from both faculty members are aggregated, and students receive a mean score. In the event that there is great variation between the scores (i.e., one faculty member passes the student and one faculty member fails the student), a third faculty member scores the response and determines whether or not the response should receive a passing mark. Students who fail the written aspect of the examination must successfully complete an oral examination in order to pass the comprehensive examination component of the program. Students are allowed two attempts to pass the comprehensive examination.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Counseling Psychology Program
Weiss Hall, 2nd Floor (265-63)
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6085


Department Contacts:


Dr. Gregory M. Tucker


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Portia Hunt

Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Gregory M. Tucker



Dr. Joseph Rosenfeld

About the Program

The Counseling Psychology Program offers students advanced study in the areas of agency/community counseling and elementary/secondary school counseling. The program is designed to facilitate the development of the student as a competent practitioner and researcher. Students are trained to become professionals who are capable of entering into relationships with clients with an integrated theory of counseling, understanding of the counselor's role, knowledge about ethics and cultural diversity, and an ability to promote client change.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Courses may also be taken at TUCC, Fort Washington, and Ambler.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Counseling Psychology Program
Weiss Hall, 2nd Floor (265-63)
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6085


Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary training experiences. Students are required to complete elective coursework designed to enhance their professional development.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



The Counseling Psychology Program is a graduate program in the College of Education. The College was ranked 15th in the nation in a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The program offers training in either agency/community counseling or elementary/secondary school counseling. Faculty research interests are varied and focus on topics such as addictions, social policy as it applies to urban populations, supervision and training, diversity/multicultural issues, and health psychology.

Job Placement:

Graduates typically engage in careers as agency/community counselors or elementary/secondary school counselors, or use their degrees to pursue doctoral training in a field related to Counseling Psychology. Students of elementary and secondary school counseling are eligible to apply for the Pennsylvania school counseling certification (Educational Specialist I) at the time of their graduation from the program.


Graduates from the program are eligible to apply for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania once they complete the post-degree requirements specified by the state licensing board.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Students may complete up to 9 credits prior to admission to the program. With the exception of practice-related coursework, the majority of the courses are open to non-matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

Limited opportunities exist for Teaching and Research Assistantships.  Contact the department for more information.

February 2006