School Counseling - Related Info

What does the School Counseling program cost?

For the 2014-15 academic year, the cost is $631 per credit hour.

How many credits are required to complete the School Counseling program?

For the regular program (offered part-time or full-time) – 61 credits

Is financial aid available?

Financial Aid is available in the form of unsubsidized Stafford Loans. All applicants must fill out a FAFSA form. In most cases, applicants will qualify for up to $20,500 per year (if full-time). This will cover tuition, books and fees. If you are a matriculated, part-time student, aid will be pro-rated accordingly.

Is campus housing available?

There is limited on-campus housing for graduate students. If you are having trouble finding housing, please contact Jim Sheets, Director of Graduate Admissions and Marketing, and he will be able to further assist you.

What is the difference between School Counseling and School Psychology?

Although both work in schools, the jobs are quite different. In general, School Counselors do more guidance of students towards jobs and careers. In many schools, they are responsible for scheduling students into courses so that they take the courses needed to reach their career goals. Some do formal counseling with students both individually and in groups. In addition, many counselors run guided lessons in classrooms on various developmental social emotional issues. However, the role of school counselors varies greatly from one school district to another and from one level (i.e., elementary, middle, and high school) to another. School Psychologists are trained to do assessment and diagnosis of students' problems and strengths, to counsel students, and to help teachers and parents to better help students.

Why is the School Counseling program only 2 years long when the School Psychology program is 3 years?

There are 2 major reasons. School Psychology requires extra courses and practical experience in assessment, and a full year, 1200 hour internship, as required by New York State for certification. School counseling requires only a 600 hour internship for provisional certification.

What is the current job market in School Psychology and School Counseling?

The job market for both School Psychologists and School Counselors within New York State has been impacted by recent downturns in the economy and budget cuts across the state of New York. Out-of-state jobs have been more readily available compared to in-state jobs which continue to experience great competition. Both, however, continue to be respected professions within the state and valued professions in schools across New York State.

Is the School Counseling program accredited?

All of the graduate programs are accredited by the New York State Department of Education. Roberts Wesleyan College, and therefore all of its programs, is accredited by the Middle States Accrediting Association.

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