School Counseling (COSC)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Education


The master's level professional entry-level training program in School Counseling prepares students to become school counselors in elementary, middle, and high school 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 program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Therefore, graduates of our School Counseling Program are eligible for certification as school counselors in Maryland and other states. The School Counseling Program at the University of Maryland resides in the number one ranked counseling department (U.S. News and World Report). Our program specializes in preparing professional school counselors who will be leaders, advocates, and systemic change agents in K-12 urban educational settings.

Financial Assistance

Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are not available for masters level students in the Department. However, there are a number of GAs offered throughout the university, which provides tuition support and a living allowance. Once admitted into the program, students will receive guidance and information on how to secure GAs on campus.


Diksha Bali
Graduate Assistant
Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
3214 Benjamin Building
3942 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2858

Carol Scott
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
3214 Benjamin Building
3942 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.8384
Fax: 301.405.9995

Richard Shin
Admission Director

Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
3214 Benjamin Building
3942 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.2858
Fax: 301.405.9995


Courses:  EDCP

General Requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

See School Counseling program website for additional information

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents December 1, 2022
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants December 1, 2022

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

All master's, A.G.S., and doctoral students are required to include supervised fieldwork experiences in their degree programs. The CoPE programs have excellent cooperative relationships with on-campus facilities, such as the Counseling Center and Health Center. Fieldwork may also be done at a wide variety of school systems, colleges and universities, and counseling services and mental health agencies in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, or nationally.

In addition to campus and program resources, students utilize the many major research and professional institutions that are easily accessible to the campus. These include the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Education Sciences, professional associations such as the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Fabian Ellen S. Full Member B.A.,University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973; M.A., 1980; Ph.D.,University of Maryland-College Park, 1988. Professor
Professor Emerita, School Counseling
Gold Paul Full Member B.A., Wesleyan University Middletown, CT, 1981; M.A., University of Texas, Austin, 1984; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, MO, 1994. Associate Professor, School Counseling
Huntley Sylvia S Graduate Teaching B.Th, Theology & Seminary, 1996; BSW/B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore, 2007; M.S., Coppin State University, 2010; Ed.D., Argosy University, 2018 Lecturer, School Counseling
McKechnie Jessica Mariel Non-Member B.A., University of Maryland, College Park; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park Assistant Clinical Professor, School Counseling
Mitchell Natasha Ann Associate B.S., Cornell University, 1993; M.S., Syracuse University, 1997; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2001. University Affiliate
Associate Clinical Professor, School Counseling
Patterson Brittany Renee Graduate Teaching B.A., St. Lawrence University, 2010; Ph.D., University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2015 Lecturer, School Counseling
Shin Richard Quentin Full Member B.A., Western Washington University, 1995; M.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 1998; Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago, 2005 Associate Professor, School Counseling
Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies