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Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online Delivery)

About the Program

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is an online 60 credit degree program that is designed to be consistent with the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania (049 PA Code § 49.13)

Upon graduation from the program, you will have completed the educational requirements for licensure and be ready to fulfill the remainder of the Pennsylvania state requirements for licensure as a counselor. The program is consistent with other state licensure codes and a non-Pennsylvania student may be license eligible in another state as a counselor.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants to regular matriculated status will have:

    • An undergraduate degree in psychology (or a related discipline such as education, criminal justice, sociology, etc.) from an accredited institution.
    • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
      • Applicants with a 2.85 - 2.99 undergraduate GPA with relevant life experience may be considered for an interview and if admitted to the graduate program, would be required to achieve a 3.0 GPA or better in their first 9 credit hours to remain in good academic standing.
      • Completed coursework in research/statistics and abnormal psychology at the undergraduate level with a minimum grade of B in each course prior to matriculation into the program.
      • Work and/or life experience relevant to the study of clinical mental health counseling.
      • Strong letters of reference from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic preparation and/or relevant experience.
      • A strong personal interview with a CMHC faculty member (either in in person on campus or through computer software that allows real-time, face to face meetings).

Admission Process

To complete the admissions process, students must submit:

    • Online application 
    • Official college transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation, At least one letter will discuss the candidate's ability to succeed academically and all letters must be specific to the program at LHU.
      Statement of professional goals - One page in length.

Upon submission of all admissions material, if the candidate is deemed qualified, a phone interview with the program faculty will be scheduled.

Master of Science: Sports Science (Online Delivery)

About the Program

Graduate study in sport science provides advanced preparation for those who love sport and wish to pursue sport-related careers. Graduates of the Sport Administration track are prepared for careers ranging from marketing, sales and sponsorship to event planning and facility management in professional, amateur, educational and community sport settings. Having examined how psychological factors influence sport performance and physical activity participation and how sport and physical activity involvement affect psychological well-being, graduates of the Sport and Exercise Psychology track are prepared to help athletes and others achieve optimal performance.

For detailed information about the Online Sport Science Program, Download a Copy of the Sport Science Graduate Program Handbook .  The Handbook is formatted as a PDF file. 

Admission Process

To complete the admissions process, students must submit:

    • Online application 
    • Official college transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Statement of professional goals

Master of Education: Alternative Education (Online Delivery)

About the Program

The goal of the Alternative Education program is to prepare graduate students with the knowledge and skill base required to work with at-risk youth in non-traditional school settings. Teachers, social workers, counselors, and administrators in alternative settings, correctional settings, urban schools and regular education settings will find the Masters program to be an asset in their work and of value to the students they serve.  The program is designed to be completed in two years by taking two courses per semester including summers. The program may be completed earlier by taking additional courses beyond the two per semester, however, participants not completing within seven years may be required to repeat coursework.

Admission Process

Applicants must submit the following:

    • Online Application (Application)
      A $25.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee will be required.
    • Official Transcripts from Undergraduate Degree Granting Institution
      (LHU graduates do not need to request transcripts. Graduate Admissions will request transcripts upon receipt of completed applications for LHU graduates.)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Copy of Teaching Certificate (If Applicable)
      Teacher Certification is NOT a requirement for admission.
    • Writing Sample
      Review a pertinent scholarly journal article or report published in a recent professional journal. Include the problem or issue, the author's viewpoint and supporting ideas. Also include your professional opinion in the final paragraphs of the essay. Your essay should not exceed 300 words. (You must submit a copy of the full text of the article along with your essay.)

Accreditation

The Master of Education program in Alternative Education is fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

The program is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and can assist education professionals prepare for the National Board Certification if so desired. Aside from the certification process the program provides skill and knowledge sets indicative of an accomplished teacher.

Master of Education: Educational Leadership with Principal Certification (Online Delivery)

About the Program

The MED: Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare visionary leaders with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that enable effective development of student motivation, student achievement, teacher professional growth, curriculum development and implementation, school improvement, human resource leadership, and the capable management of the day-to-day operations within a school.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the minimum requirements to be accepted into the Educational Leadership Program.  The program has been approved by Lock Haven University, The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
Pennsylvania Teaching Certification
Minimum of three years classroom teaching experience
Desire to earn Principal Certification

Admission Process

Applicants must submit the following:

    • Online Application (Application)
      A $25.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee will be required.
    • Official Transcripts from Undergraduate Degree Granting Institution
      (LHU graduates do not need to request transcripts. Graduate Admissions will request transcripts upon receipt of completed applications for LHU graduates.)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Copy of Teaching Certificate 
      Teacher Certification is a requirement for admission.
    • Writing Sample
      Review a pertinent scholarly journal article or report published in a recent professional journal. The topic must be related to leadership in education. Include the problem or issue, the author's viewpoint and supporting ideas. Also include your professional opinion in the final paragraphs of the essay. Your essay should not exceed 300 words. (You must submit a copy of the full text of the article along with your essay.)

Lock Haven University Graduates do not have to request transcripts; the Office of Graduate Admissions will do this for you.

Master of Education: Teaching & Learning (Online Delivery)

About the Program

Curriculum and instruction are central to educational improvement and focus at the what, how, and why of teaching and learning. In today's climate of educational reform, educational leaders are needed who are knowledgeable of the reform process from multiple perspectives, and who are prepared to engage in reflective practice that can effect policy and procedure. Inherent in this process is the concept of the reflective decision-maker. The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, is designed to enable individuals who work in education and related settings, develop competencies that are characteristic of those who assume leadership roles in bringing about improvement.

The program is designed to be completed in two years by taking two courses per semester including summers. The program may be completed earlier by taking additional courses beyond the two per semester, however, participants not completing within seven years may be required to repeat coursework.

Admission Process

Applicants must submit the following:

    • Online Application (Application)
      A $25.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee will be required.
    • Official Transcripts from Undergraduate Degree Granting Institution
      (LHU graduates do not need to request transcripts. Graduate Admissions will request transcripts upon receipt of completed applications for LHU graduates.)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Copy of Teaching Certificate (If Applicable)
      Teacher Certification is NOT a requirement for admission.
    • Writing Sample
      Review a pertinent scholarly journal article or report published in a recent professional journal. Include the problem or issue, the author's viewpoint and supporting ideas. Also include your professional opinion in the final paragraphs of the essay. Your essay should not exceed 300 words. (You must submit a copy of the full text of the article along with your essay.)

Accreditation

The Master of Education program in Teaching and Learning is fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Alignment
 

The program is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and can assist education professionals prepare for the National Board Certification if so desired. Aside from the certification process the program provides skill and knowledge sets indicative of an accomplished teacher.

PA Director Credential (Online Delivery)

About the Program

The Director Credential is designed for directors and administrators of early childhood and school-age programs in Pennsylvania that are part of the Keystone STARS program. Graduate courses in Early Childhood Education at Lock Haven University can be taken to complete this Credential.  Lock Haven University offers five 100% online graduate courses in Early Childhood Education. Students pursuing the Director Credential take one required course and two electives (9 credits) to apply toward the Credential. These 9 credits can also be counted toward the elective course options of Lock Haven University's Online Masters of Education degrees in Teaching and Learning, andAlternative Education. Completion of three Early Childhood courses can also earn the degree seeking student a Concentration in Early Childhood Education.

Admission Process

Students can register for these courses as a non-degree seeking student in a matter of minutes, via the online Walk-in Registration form.  

Accreditation

All Early Childhood Education Courses, and Master of Education programs offered by Lock Haven are fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The courses are aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  Aside from the certification process the program provides skill and knowledge sets indicative of an accomplished teacher.

Instructional Technology Concentration (Online Delivery)

About the Program

Lock Haven University is offering Instructional Technology Concentration courses that can be taken separately or can be taken as the elective coursework for one of our other online Master of Education Programs (Alternative Education and Teaching and Learning).  The Instructional Technology courses and both MED programs are offered 100% Online.

Admission Requirements

Students can register for these courses as a non-degree seeking student in a matter of minutes, via the online Walk-in Registration form

Accreditation

The Instructional Technology Concentration Courses and Master of Education programs offered by Lock Haven are fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The courses are aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  The Master of Education programs and Instructional Technology Concentration provide skill and knowledge sets indicative of an accomplished teacher.

Master of Health Science/Physician Assistant

Admissions Requirements

    • Apply online through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) 
      Candidates for the MHS: Physician Assistant program
      do not apply directly to Lock Haven University.
    • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Satisfactory completion of all prerequisite courses listed below
      • 2 Courses in General Chemistry
      • 2 Courses of General Biology or Zoology
      • Human Anatomy
      • Human Physiology
      • Human Genetics
      • Microbiology
      • Statistics
    • Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Exam
    • While not required, the following courses are Recommended as they better prepare students for the rigors of the program:
      • Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Developmental Psychology
      • Additional coursework in the behavioral sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology

Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.  All required courses must be completed within 10 years of matriculation. Science courses with labs are preferred.

*A combined two semester anatomy/physiology is acceptable. 

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