School Counseling - Overview

The exciting world of School Counseling merges expertise in ares of education, child development, career development, counseling, and consultation. Today, school counselors are trained to provide collaboration and leadership on behalf of the needs of children and families. As education continues to feel the pressure of numerous mandates, counselors play a key role in providing a supportive environment in which children can grow and learn.

The School Counseling Program is designed to prepare students for direct practice within public or private elementary, middle and high schools. Direct practice includes individual and group counseling, career and educational guidance with students, and consultation with parents, teachers and school administrators.

The Master of Science in School Counseling curriculum consists of 61 total semester hours. At the completion of two years of full-time study, school internship, and the qualifying examination, students are awarded the Master of Science degree with a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study) and are eligible for New York State provisional certification as a School Counselor in Elementary and Secondary Schools (both public and private). Students are eligible for permanent certification as a school counselor following two years of full-time employment.

This program has been designed for full-time or part-time enrollment. Careful adherence to course sequencing and course prerequisites is essential for part-time students. Preference will be given to full-time applicants.

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