School Counseling

Graduate: Master's

School of Education & Human Services

School counselors focus on academic support, social and emotional needs, and career readiness of students in kindergarten through grade 12. Time can be spent working with individual students, small groups, classrooms, other professionals and parents. Pursue a Master's in School Counseling and make a difference in the life of students. 


The School Counseling program is designed to meet all of the academic requirements for professional certification in New York State and qualifies you for initial certification in most other states as well. You will share a group of core counseling courses with the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Courses provide the knowledge and skill that you will need as a school counselor.

You will focus on developing practical skills and learn first-hand through lab-based courses, and field experiences, which include an internship. You can complete the program in as little as five semesters and you will be prepared to help students with the social and cultural issues they face in school today.

For candidates enrolling for the Fall 2021 semester, please view our revised program. 

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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits both the School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs.  CACREP accreditation offers greater recognition of quality professional preparation within the “job market”, as well as educational opportunities beyond a master’s degree, as well as provides students greater reciprocity for state/territory certifications and license beyond New York State.

Both programs provide a common core, and allows students to specialize in school counseling or mental health counseling. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions.

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Accredited by CACREP – the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs – recognizing that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. The school counseling program requires 60 hours of graduate study, which is a CACREP standard. Sixty graduate hours of study also meets the NYS academic requirements for continuing professional certification. Professionals who graduate with 48 hours of graduate study, must return to graduate school and acquire an additional 12 graduate credits.

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