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The MSN program will offer two options. Nursing Education and Adult-Gerontology CNS. Students can complete the MSN curriculum on a full-time or a part-time basis; however, all requirements for the degree must be completed in six years or less. Read more
The MSN program will offer two options: Nursing Education and Adult-Gerontology CNS. Students can complete the MSN curriculum on a full-time or a part-time basis; however, all requirements for the degree must be completed in six years or less. The course format for both MSN programs offers a mixture of hybrid and online learning. On-campus courses are held in the late afternoon or evening hours. The online courses offer synchronous and asynchronous formats to enable working professionals the flexibility to pursue a graduate degree while still maintaining their full-time employment.

Graduates of this program may seek employment in educational settings, acute or long-term care settings, or community health care agencies. The MSN curriculum of West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2019.

The M.S. in Nursing (M.S.N.) will offer a choice of instructional focus after completing the eight core component courses in the graduate program: adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or nursing education. Graduates of the adult-gerontology CNS track will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam in adult gerontology. Graduates of the nursing-education track will be eligible to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) certified nurse educator exam. The program will be offered in a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and distance-education formats.

At the end of the M.S.N. program, the graduate will be able to:

1. Synthesize philosophy, theory, content, and methods of nursing science as a basis for advanced nursing practice
2. Demonstrate advanced clinical skills in society including culturally diverse and/or medically under-served individuals and aggregates
3. Assume beginning roles in education or administration
4. Design healthcare strategies in which nurses contribute to the health promotion and disease prevention of individuals and aggregates
5. Evaluate healthcare issues, trends, and policies
6. Pursue and evaluate professional development as a continuing professional learner
7. Collaborate with interdisciplinary groups in the community for the purpose of healthcare planning to achieve the objectives of Healthy People 2020
8. Acquire a foundation for doctoral study in nursing
9. Assume the role of advocate in healthcare settings to promote accessibility of health-care services and to enhance quality of care
10. Demonstrate a philosophy of nursing that reflects commitment to social justice and the advancement of nursing science
11. Participate in scientific inquiry directed to the healthcare needs of populations as well as individuals and families

Curriculum

For the Nursing - Education Track:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/health-sciences/nursing/nursing-msn-nursing-education-track/

For the Adult - Gerontology CNS Track:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/health-sciences/nursing/nursing-msn-adult-gerontology-cns-track/

Detailed information of the modules can also be found on the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/health-sciences/nursing/#coursestext

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The School Nurse Certification program is a 14-credit, post-baccalaureate program that prepares students for initial Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as an Educational Specialist I – School Nurse. Read more
The School Nurse Certification program is a 14-credit, post-baccalaureate program that prepares students for initial Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as an Educational Specialist I – School Nurse. This program prepares registered nurses to meet the health needs of children and adolescents in schools, pre-K to Grade 12.

The strategic directions of West Chester University are aligned with service to the community. This program supports the need of Registered Nurses to receive specialized education directly related to the care of the school aged child and school community. This program offers the resource of training school nurses during a time in our country where training of staff in schools has never been so important. Additionally, this program provides a service to our community by offering a local, cost effective, education in keeping our schools a healthy and safe place for members of the community, thus enhancing the relationship our community has with the university.

School nursing is a specialised practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. School nurses must facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning (NASN, 2010). With this understanding, speciality training is required to provide the school nurse with the necessary ability to be successful in this area of nursing.

The goal of the department is to prepare nurses for safe and effective care in the school setting. Graduates will be professionals capable of functioning in a holistic manner and able to collaborate with the various disciplines within the school system for health promotion and disease prevention of the child and adolescent.

Curriculum

NSG 502 (School Nurse Practicum)

This course examines the structure of the educational organization issues that specifically affect the certified school nurse and impact the student in the learning environment. Emphasis will be placed on the school nurse’s responsibility to enhance the student’s ability to learn in relation to promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health. There is a 112 hour practicum associated with this course where you must be under the guidance of a Certified School Nurse in the state of Pennsylvania. Successful completion of NSG 533 is a prerequisite for this course and it is recommended to be the culminating course of the program.

NSG 512 (Legal Mandates of School Nursing)

This course examines the structure of the educational organization and legal issues that specifically affect the certified school nurse and impact the student in the learning environment. Emphasis will be placed on the school nurse's responsibility to enhance the student's ability to learn in relation to promotion, restoration and maintenance of health.

NSG 533 (Health Assessment)

In this course, students will build on their physical assessment knowledge with a combination of comprehensive theoretical and clinical experiences in advanced physical assessment. Students will focus on attainment of enhanced skills to complete a holistic health assessment and physical examination of the adult, adolescent, and pediatric client. Strategies include collection of relevant data via appropriate interviewing methods, and developmental and physical assessment techniques with an emphasis on refinement of communication techniques and psychomotor skills (60 hours of Clinical Practice of Physical Assessment Skills).

EDA 542 (Foundations of Special Education).

This course is designed to acquaint the prospective teacher with the historical legal evolution of the field, special education processes, and the characteristics of individuals with disabilities. Distance education offering may be available. Typically, this course is offered in Fall, Spring & Summer

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The Graduate Certificate is an ideal program for professionals seeking training in the field of gerontology. The 12-credit interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses taught by expert faculty from social work, nursing, health, nutrition, kinesiology and other fields. Read more
The Graduate Certificate is an ideal program for professionals seeking training in the field of gerontology. The 12-credit interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses taught by expert faculty from social work, nursing, health, nutrition, kinesiology and other fields. Faculty research interests in gerontology include: end of life care, dementia care, caregiver burden, housing, health equity and disparity, resilience, elder abuse and depression in older adults.

West Chester University is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). AGHE is the only national membership association with the primary purpose being the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics as a field of study in institutions of higher education.

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West Chester University offers a CACREP accredited program that provides excellent preparation for a career as a counselling professional. Read more
West Chester University offers a CACREP accredited program that provides excellent preparation for a career as a counselling professional: the M.Ed. in School Counselling. All of our master's programs satisfy the core educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counsellor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and most other states.

Our programs' CACREP accreditation ensures a commitment to high academic and fieldwork standards and a focus on professionalism and ethics. CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counsellor Examination and are eligible to become National Certified Counsellor upon graduation, once passing that exam, streamlining the licensure application process.

In preparation for employment, WCU's programs offer a vast number of field placement sites with experienced supervisors as well as professional field experience coordinators who offer assistance in securing the best placement options available.

Our faculty are counselling professionals with real-world experience bringing their teaching to life. Many have authored the textbooks used in our courses. Additionally, each candidate in the program has a full time faculty member advisor to help make the most of their graduate experience.

Course Structure

The School Counselling program prepares students to be effective leaders and advocates as school counsellors while earning a M.Ed. in Counselling and School Counsellor Certification PK-12 grades. The 51 credit hour program consists of:

• core counselling modules,
• school counselling modules and
• 700 hours of field work, resulting in a strong foundation for serving our school students.

Please visit the website to find out more information about the modules taught on this course:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/education-social-work/counselor-education/school-counseling-med/#curriculumtext

Career and Academic Progression

Completion of the M.Ed. School Counseling program academically qualifies candidates for the Pennsylvania Educational Specialist I Certificate which is required for employment as an elementary or secondary school guidance counselor. Individuals who have earned a Master’s degree in counseling may pursue a non-degree program of study (certification only) leading to the Educational Specialist I Certificate.

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The Department of Counselor Education offers a Master of Science degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Read more
The Department of Counselor Education offers a Master of Science degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The program meets the educational requirements for counselor licensure in all fifty states, as well as the Federal government requirements to work with veterans and individuals receiving Medicare or Medicaid. Completion of this program will also qualify graduates to immediately sit for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) examination. The clinical mental health program will effectively prepare graduates for a broad range of career possibilities, including working in community settings, hospitals, educational institutions, VA treatment centers, and private practice settings.

In preparation for employment, WCU's programs offer a vast number of field placement sites with experienced supervisors as well as professional field experience coordinators who offer assistance in securing the best placement options available.

Our faculty are counselling professionals with real-world experience bringing their teaching to life. Many have authored the textbooks used in our courses. Additionally, each candidate in the program has a full time faculty member advisor to help make the most of their graduate experience.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to be effective mental health counselors and provides the educational requirements for counselor licensure, while earning an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The 60-credit hour program consists of:

• core counseling courses,
• clinical mental health specialty courses and
• 700 hours of field work.

The comprehensive program results in a strong foundation for serving the mental health needs of the community.

Curriculum

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a Full-Time Program which consists of four specific curricular elements: the 27 credit Common Core (6 credits of which will be provided by the Department of Professional and Secondary Education), 15 credits of CMHC specialty coursework, nine credits of elective coursework (that can be taken within the department or in other departments), and nine credits of field experience coursework. Each student is required to pass a comprehensive exam that requires the student to take the knowledge gained through coursework and apply it to a real world case scenario.

For more information about the modules taught on this course, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/education-social-work/counselor-education/clinical-mental-health-counseling-ms/

Accreditation

The Clinical Mental Health Counselling program is not yet CACREP-accredited, as it was recently launched and cannot be accredited until a first cohort of students are prepared for graduation. However, the Department of Counsellor Education is currently preparing application for accreditation of the Clinical Mental Health Counselling program and will seek accreditation as soon as possible. All of our master's programs satisfy the core educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counsellor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and most other states.

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Faculty have extensive experience in teaching health education in a school setting; expertise working with school districts in curriculum development, and… Read more

What are the strengths of your program?

Faculty have extensive experience in teaching health education in a school setting; expertise working with school districts in curriculum development, and staff development; they have received external grant funds for school health education; faculty with state and national recognition in school health education; faculty who have conducted, published and presented competencies for a school health educator; program has flexibility for students to select elective coursework (dependent in their academic background) in education and counselling.

Curriculum

A total of 33 credits are required for the degree. Each module carries 3 credits.

Core modules (6 credits):

HEA 620 School Health Programs (Spring)
HEA 622 Curriculum & Instruction in Health Ed. (Fall)

School Health Concentration Electives (18 credits):

HEA 500 Diseases
HEA 501 Integrative Health
HEA 510 Adolescent Medicine
HEA 511 Stress Management
HEA 512 HIV/AIDS and Public Health
HEA 527 Human Sexuality and Family Life
HEA 529 Mental Health issues in the CSHP
HEA 581 Special Topics in Health (no more than 6 credits permitted)
HEA 623 Substance Abuse Prevention
HEA 543 Transcultural Health
HEA 545 Mind/Body Medicine
NTD 504 Nutrition Education K-12

Education Electives (6 credits):

EDA 511 Inclusion and Collaboration
EDA 542 Foundations of Special Education
EDE 526 Professional Dimensions of Teaching & Learning
EDE 532 Teaching and Learning: Theory to Practice
EDE 533 Social Studies & Health Education in Elementary Schools
EDE 543 Creative Expression in the Elementary Classroom
EDE 544 Integrating Creativity and the Arts across the Curriculum
EDE 551 Child and Adolescent Behavior
EDE 552 The Middle School Child
EDE 554 The Reflective Teacher
EDE 557 Foundations of Cooperative Learning
EDE 563 Teacher as Leader
EDE 565 Effective Classroom Management
EDE 598 Workshops in Elementary Education
EDF 500 Methods and Materials of Research in Education
EDF 509 Contemporary Teaching Trends
EDF 510 Educational Foundations
EDF 511 Foundations of Transformative Education
EDF 520 Comparative Education
EDF 581 Philosophy of Education
EDF 583 The American School as Social Narrative
EDF 589 Sociological Foundations of Education
EDT 500 Integrating Educational Technologies
EDT 501 Using Internet Resources for Curriculum Development
EDT 503 Learning and Leading with Technology

Additional Degree Requirements:

After successful completion of ALL coursework, students must register for HEA 601 Research and Report Writing (3 credits).

What job opportunities exist for program graduates?

• There are limited job opportunities in teaching health education at the K-12 level in Pennsylvania. Many students are employed as health education teachers in other states.

• The majority of our M.Ed. students are teaching K-12 health education or working as a school nurse.

• You could be employed as a health educator for voluntary health agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, or health organizations (hospital, corporate, fitness centers).

• K-12 Health education teacher certification is not offered in this M.Ed. degree.

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at West Chester University prepares students to become effective practitioners and leaders in the fields of community health, environmental health, health care management, or nutrition. Read more
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at West Chester University prepares students to become effective practitioners and leaders in the fields of community health, environmental health, health care management, or nutrition. Students come from all parts of the world and bring with them a range of experience that enriches the learning of students and faculty.

The MPH at West Chester University is a CEPH- accredited* 45 credit degree program with a multidisciplinary curriculum focused on problem solving, research and professional development. The MPH is competency based and can be tailored to meet student needs. The WCU faculty has a long tradition of personal and professional concern for students, and strive to afford students opportunities for involvement, recognition and support. Often, students work closely with faculty on a range of community outreach and research projects. Additionally, each student completes a 300 hour Applied Learning Experience that allows them to apply skills and cultivate core public health competencies. Thank you for your interest in West Chester University’s MPH program. Please explore the MPH website, contact faculty and staff, or visit the campus. We are confident that you will find a program that is engaging and that will empower you to reach your educational and professional goals.

Students can enter the program with part time or full time status. Students who maintain part time status are registered for 3-6 credits per semester. Students who maintain full time status are registered for 9 -12 credits per semester. Most students working full time prefer to complete the MPH program on a part time basis.

*NOTE: Official notification was received on June 27, 2016 for a 7 year accreditation period for the MPH Program from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) The accreditation term runs to July 1, 2023.

What's great about WCU?

West Chester University is the second largest school in the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, located in the historic town of West Chester, PA Ranked among Kiplinger's 100 best values in public colleges for its academic quality and affordability, the University is committed to providing access and serving the educational needs of a diverse student body. Located in the heart of Chester County, West Chester University occupies 403 acres near the borough of West Chester. South Campus, less than a mile away from the main campus, contains the Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center, where the MPH professors have their offices and many health science classes are held. See how this ideal location will enhance your educational needs.

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This 100% online graduate certificate in Health Care Management is designed to meet career advancement needs of professionals and those seeking to transition into the health care industry. Read more
This 100% online graduate certificate in Health Care Management is designed to meet career advancement needs of professionals and those seeking to transition into the health care industry. These courses can also be applied to the Masters in Public Health (MPH) Program. Students in Community Health, Environmental Health, Integrated Medicine or Nutrition or may wish to complete this certificate as a complement to their current degree.

Curriculum

This program will benefit physicians, nurses, clinicians, managers, and professional staff in the health care industry. In addition, it will benefit those in managed care and not-for-profit organizations, government, consulting firms, and the pharmaceutical industry, among others. A health care management certificate of completion will be issued when the requirements of the program have been fulfilled.

HEA 513 Legal Aspects of Health Care
This course is an analysis of the basic legal concepts and major legal issues that are most important to and directly affect the health services manager. Topics include legal frameworks of health organizations and health practitioners, administrative policy, contracts, consent, patient’s rights, legal death, insurance, liability, and research.

HEA 514 Approaches to Health Care Delivery
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems, and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The goal of the course is to increase students’ knowledge and their ability to analyze and address health care issues from both a management and a policy perspective.

HEA 516 Health Care Management
This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of management and managerial functions as a framework for organizing knowledge and practices in the health care setting. This is accomplished through the relationship of each of the functions of management that include planning, development, budgeting, and management and evaluation concepts to health care organization operations. Practical health care management examples, applications, issues, and exercises requiring critical thinking and effective writing will be emphasized.

HEA 613 Advocacy and Quality of Health Care Services
This course is an introduction to patient advocacy for graduate students in the health professions. Topics include ethics, health care financing and policy, health advocacy for special populations, and key strategies for system change.

HEA 614 Health Care Technology and Information Management
This course will provide future health care managers with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with information systems technology. Topics covered in this course include emerging technology, information systems, the internet’s impact on health care organizations, and system standards, among others.

HEA 616 Strategic Leadership in Health Care
Healthcare industry requires visionary, creative and transformational leaders who can navigate effectively through a dynamic and complex landscape. This course will provide the foundational concepts and principles necessary for exercising strategic leadership.

Accreditation

CEPH accreditation serves multiple purposes for different constituents. In general, specialized accreditation attests to the quality of an educational program that prepares for entry into a recognized profession.

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The Graduate Certificate in Integrative Health is designed for health care professionals desiring graduate study of evidenced-based, integrated approaches to health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment. Read more
The Graduate Certificate in Integrative Health is designed for health care professionals desiring graduate study of evidenced-based, integrated approaches to health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment.  An accelerated format is available for many of the courses, so that the Certificate can be earned in three semesters or less.  Students without adequate preparation in disease etiology are strongly advised to take    HEA 500 Diseases. Those desiring advanced study in a particular integrative health area may elect, under advisement, HEA 609 Independent Study; while those desiring a clinical field experience may elect HEA 611 Field Placement, also under advisement.

To address the diverse needs of students, three options for earning the Certificate are offered:

1. Joint program leading to the Master of Public Health degree plus the Graduate Certificate in Integrative Health.
2. Evidence-based study in integrative health.
3. Integrative health coaching.

Curriculum

Below are the curricula for each option.

1. Joint MPH/Certificate in Integrative Health (45 credits)

Certificate Courses  (21 credits):

• HEA 501 Integrative Health
• HEA 538 Evaluation of Health Programs
• HEA 539 Health Promotion Program Planning
• HEA 550 Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health
Three elective courses selected under advisement.*

MPH Courses (24 credits):

• HEA 520 Public Health Epidemiology
• HEA 526 Biostatistics for Public Health
• HEA 630 Health Care Administration
• HEA 632 Advanced Theories of Health Behavior
• HEA 648 Research Methods
• ENV 530 General Environmental Health
• HEA 649 Applied Learning Experience I
• HEA 650 Applied Learning Experience II

2.  Evidence-based study in Integrative Health (21 credits)

• HEA 501 Integrative Health
Six elective courses selected under advisement*

3. Integrative Health Coaching (21 credits)
             
• HEA 501 Integrative Health
• HEA 545 Mind/Body Medicine
• ENV 530 Environmental Health
• NTD 515 Public Health Nutrition
• KIN 615 Special Topics in Kinesiology
• HEA 610 Integrative Health Coaching
• HEA 611 Field Placement

*Suggested electives include but are not limited to:
 
• HEA 500 Diseases
• HEA 510 Adolescent Medicine
• HEA 511 Stress Management Techniques
• HEA 512 AIDS and Public Health
• HEA 543 Transcultural Health Practice
• HEA 545 Mind/Body Medicine
• HEA 547 Principles of Botanical Medicine
• HEA 581 Special Topics:  Traditional Chinese Medicine
• HEA 581 Special Topics:  Homeopathy
• NTD 581 Perspectives on Obesity
• NTD 515 Public Health Nutrition
• HEA 609 Independent Study
• HEA 611 Field Placement

Please visit the website for descriptions of these modules:

https://wcupa.edu/HealthSciences/health/courses-ipm.asp

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The Graduate Certificate in Adapted Physical Education (18 credit) is designed to meet the Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Competency in Teaching Adapted Physical Education in the public schools. Read more
The Graduate Certificate in Adapted Physical Education (18 credit) is designed to meet the Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Competency in Teaching Adapted Physical Education in the public schools. Six 3 credit courses make up the program:

• KIN 579 Inclusive Practices in P.E. (also a core requirement in the new MS in PE proposal)
• KIN 582 Assessment & Development of Individualized Programs
• KIN 583 Medical & Pathological Issues
• KIN 584 Disability Sport & Adapted Aquatics
• KIN 586 Professional Issues in Adapted P.E.
• KIN 587 Physical Activity for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

The coursework is based on the 12 Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Competency in Teaching Adapted Physical Education and the application of these standards to practice in the field of physical education. The coursework prepares students with the minimum background, skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to sit for the APENS national exam.

The certificate program is 100% web based instruction and will consist of formation of online presentations, webinars, web based lectures, collaborative and curricular integration activities, and alternative activities designed to enhance professional development in the field of adapted physical education.

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Philosophy may sound dauntingly remote from our daily concerns, but its basic questions "What can I know? What may I hope? What must I do?" actually pose themselves throughout any thinking person's journey. Read more
Philosophy may sound dauntingly remote from our daily concerns, but its basic questions "What can I know? What may I hope? What must I do?" actually pose themselves throughout any thinking person's journey. And the skills it teaches — close reading, careful thinking, and the critique of ideas — apply to most areas of human endeavour. A background in philosophy is thus excellent training for many careers, and matchless preparation for life itself.

The graduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics, which requires no previous background in philosophy, offers training in moral reasoning within the medical setting for those with undergraduate degrees who meet the graduate school’s and department’s entrance requirements. Students will develop skills in seeing, analysing, and resolving problems in the healthcare field. The certificate can be completed in three semesters.

Curriculum

Core modules:

• PHI 502 History of Western Ethics
• PHI 570 Bioethics

Focused Electives (choose three):

• HEA 500 DISEASES
• HEA 501 Integrative Health
• HEA 512 Challenge of HIV/AIDS: ISS-IMP-PREV-CONT
• HEA 514 Approaches to Health Care Delivery
• HEA 537 Women's Health Issues A Transcultural Perspective
• HEA 550 Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health
• HEA 555 Women's Health Issues A Transcultural Perspective
• PHI 405 Feminist Theory
• PHI 522 Philosophy of Science
• PHI 582 Social Philosophy

For more detailed information about these modules, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/arts-humanities/philosophy/healthcare-ethics-certificate/

Careers

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

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The individualized post-master’s program, culminating in a letter of completion, consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours. Read more
The individualized post-master’s program, culminating in a letter of completion, consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The Department of Psychology’s certificate program will allow students to obtain the additional post-master’s credit hours needed to fulfill the Pennsylvania state 60-credit educational requirement to be licensed as a professional counselor. The program is tailored to individual students based on their prior course work at the master’s level and their interests. The admissions process includes the development of an individualized, planned course of study designed to allow students to complete course work in areas necessary to be eligible for Pennsylvania licensure as a professional counselor. Students, in consultation with program advisers, will select courses from the current graduate offerings in the Department of Psychology. Courses will be selected by examining students’ master’s degree programs and determining areas of need, based on the following licensing content areas:

• Human Growth and Development: studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental stages.
• Social and Cultural Foundations: studies that provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
• Helping Relationships: studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes.
• Group Work: studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
• Career and Lifestyle Development: studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
• Appraisal: studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
• Research and Program Evaluation: studies that provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research.
• Professional Orientation and Ethics: studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
• Field Experience: Includes 100 clock hours of supervised practicum experience and 600 clock hours of supervised internship experience. The supervised internship experience shall begin after completion of the supervised practicum experience. (Note: These practicum and internship hours are in addition to the 3,600 hours of supervised postmaster’s professional counseling practice experience that the board also requires.)

Note: The Department of Psychology at West Chester University has no role in the administration or awarding of the licensure of professional counselors. Each student is responsible for ensuring that he or she has met all of the state’s licensure eligibility requirements.

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