Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology at Temple University

The Counseling Psychology Program offers a 60-credit hour Master's Degree in Education (M.Ed.) with two areas of concentration. Students may matriculate in either a part-time or full-time.

  • Agency Counseling Track – this track prepares students to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in various settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, and consulting agencies. Completion of the master’s degree in the agency track qualifies the student to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • School Counseling Track – this track prepares students to work with students, teachers, administrators, and parents in either an elementary or secondary school setting. Completion of the master’s degree program in the school counseling track qualifies the student for certification as an elementary or secondary school counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Program Strengths

  • Full-Time (usually takes two years to complete) or Part-Time (usually takes three years to complete)
  • All Full-Time Faculty are also practicing Licensed Psychologists
    • Most Part-Time faculty are licensed as well
  • Multicultural Competence/Cultural Awareness woven into every course
    • We are one of the oldest programs in the country to require a Multicultural Counseling course in order to graduate
  • State-of-the-Art Clinical Training
    • Our Psychoeducational Clinic houses 11 counseling rooms equipped with hidden cameras to digitally record role-plays to review in class
  • 24 Semester Hours of Clinical Training (The most hours in the tri-state area!)
    • Unique "Developmental Arc" of Clinical Training: students begin with Counseling Psychology experiential “Labs” in their first year, progress to Practica experiences in the summer of their first year, then move into their Internship during their second year (and third year for Part-Time students)
  • Experiential Components incorporated into most courses
  • Individualized Attention (clinical courses are limited to 10 students)
    • Our program strongly believes that in order to be an effective counselor it is necessary for students to know themselves; that is, it is important that you understand your own strengths and areas for growth
    • Because counseling is an interpersonal process with considerable influence and power, each student is evaluated continuously for development toward mature, ethical and professional behavior
  • The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) approves the State Certification Program and the Master’s Program in Counseling Psychology
    • The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has given approval for the master’s program, which provides State Certification for school counselors

See the Master's Program Description for further details >>