The graduate program area in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor Education (CoPE) includes several distinct specializations that are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for practice and scholarship in counseling and related human service professions. These fields are concerned with assisting people individually, in groups, and in organizations to attain their optimal level of personal, social, educational, and career functioning.
Master's level professional entry-level training is offered in the School Counseling program, which prepares students to become professional school counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools especially in urban settings. School counselors are leaders, advocates, and systemic change agents who provide individual and group counseling to school-aged children, develop and implement comprehensive developmental school counseling programs, and collaborate with all key stakeholders, including classroom teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members, to ensure the academic, personal-social, and college-career development of students.
The Ph.D. degree is offered in two areas of specialization: (1) Counseling Psychology (in collaboration with the Psychology Department) and (2) School Psychology. Students in the specialization of Counseling Psychology are prepared to work as educators, psychologists, and supervisors in such settings as academic departments, college and university counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. Doctoral-level school psychologists serve as advanced level practitioners, supervisors, administrators, researchers, and school psychology faculty.
Program accreditation within CoPE includes: The School Psychology and Counseling Psychology doctoral programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association. The School Counseling Master's Program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Note that, as of 2012, the CoPE graduate programs are part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. The CoPE programs were previously housed in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services.