Counseling School & Community, M.S. Educator Preparation Program

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For further information: SchoolCounselingGrad@southernct.edu

Application Deadlines

School Counseling: January 15 for fall semester.

Master of Science Degree in Counseling - School Counseling

The school counseling program consists of a 60-credit Master of Science degree. The master's degree program prepares professionals to work in the elementary, middle, and high school levels and consists of a focus on human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research, program evaluation and professional orientation, including ethics and professional standards.  A comprehensive exam is required.

There are two field experiences, a practicum and an internship: Practicum offers students the opportunity to develop, sharpen, and demonstrate individual and group counseling skills.  Students are required to spend a minimum of 100 hours over the course of one semester within a school setting. Internship is an intensive, diversified experience that exposes students to a full range of school counselor responsibilities appropriate to the setting.  Internship will consist of either a full time 10-month, 900-hour, supervised counseling experience in a school setting. Both experiences are completed under the supervision of a certified school counselor.

Note: Certified teachers with 30 months of teaching experience must complete no less than 600 hours over the course of one or two semesters.

School counselors are employed primarily in educational settings. They use their counseling knowledge, insight, and skills to promote human welfare and educational success, and to improve the institutions and programs in which they are involved.

School counselors:

Application Process

In order to be considered for admission to the program the following fall, all admissions materials must be received by January 15. In order to apply to the program, please follow the steps below:

  1. Make a formal application to Southern Connecticut State University's Graduate school. The application can be found and completed online. A non-refundable fee of $50 must be paid at time of submission with a credit card.
  2. Send official transcripts to:

Southern Connecticut State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Application Processing Center
PO Box 8057
Portsmouth, NH 03802

3. Send you PRAXIS-I/Praxis CORE Scores or Waiver form via email to GradDocs@southernct.edu or hard copy via US mail to the address above.
4. Send Personal Statement via email to GradDocs@southernct.edu or hard copy via US mail to the address above. Explain your reasons for wanting to enter the field of school counseling and the SCSU School Counseling program in particular. This typed essay should be 500 words in length.
5. Send Current Resume of Vita to GradDocs@southernct.edu or hard copy via US mail to the address above.
6. Send three completed Recommendation Forms to the School of Graduate Studies via email to GradDocs@southernct.edu or a hard copy via US mail to the address above. Written letters are welcome to accompany the recommendation form, but note that the recommendation form is required. At least one recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your intellectual and academic skills.

On the graduate school application, applicants should indicate their focus is School Counseling.

Prior to being admitted to the program, students may take up to 9 credits on non-matriculated basis. However, taking such courses does not guarantee admission.

Admission Requirements for School Counseling

Admission to the program is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Academic background: Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. GPA Waivers are possible under certain circumstances.
  2. Foundational Knowledge: Applicants should have a foundational knowledge related to psychology, as represented by holding a bachelors degree (in any field) and having at least three required prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics or Research Methods, and Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology. It is possible for students to complete prerequisites after acceptance.
  3. Connecticut State Department of Education's special education requirement: This requirement is a course that is offered at many colleges and universities in Connecticut (at SCSU this is SED 481 or 482). A list of those courses is available at the CT State Department of Education's website. You may apply even though you have not completed this final course requirement. Many students opt to take this course in the summer prior to beginning their school counseling program. You will be given conditional acceptance until the requirement is met.
  4. Praxis Core: The School of Education requires that all applicants to this certification program take the Praxis® Core Academic Skills Test for Educators, an essential skills test which is administered by Educational Testing Service. Students who have already achieved high scores on ANY of the following tests may be able to waive taking the Praxis® Core exam: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), American College Testing (ACT), or the Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA/ESLAT/TOEFL). To waive the Praxis® Core test requirement, first check to see that you have achieved the necessary score; then please consult the School of Education’s Admission Requirements web page for information related to Praxis® Core waivers. 
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Strong recommendations form at least three individuals who know the candidate in a professional and/or academic setting.
  6. Admission Essay: A 500-word essay describing the basis of their interest in the School Counseling program at SCSU
    1. Evidence of a desire to enter the program and knowledge in the field.
    2. Evidence of superior writing skills.
  7. Resume: evidence of training/experience working with school aged children.
  8. Admission Interview: Meeting with the School Counseling Admission Committee for an admissions interview, if invited.
    1. Evidence of interpersonal skills
    2. Knowledge of profession

Program Sequence-60 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

One year of full-time continuous study is required followed by a year-long internship (a minimum of 1200 hours in a school-based site and a concurrent seminar). The sixth year program consists of:

Program Prerequisites

Can be waived with approval from graduate coordinator.

PRAXIS Core/Waiver

PSY 100/102 - Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 321/528 - Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 259/530 - Statistics in Psychology (or Research Methods) - 3 credits
SED 481/482 - Teaching Exceptional Children in Elementary Education Classrooms - 3 credits
(or state approved alternative)

Program Requirements

CSP 539 - Developmental Psychopathology in Schools - 3 credits
CSP 540 - Intro to Assessment in Counseling and School Psychology - 3 credits
CSP 542 - School-Based Substance Abuse  Prevention & Intervention - 3 credits
CSP 550 -  Counseling Skills and Techniques - 3 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 555 - Experimental Group Dynamics - 1 credit
CSP 567 - Professional Orientation to School Counseling Services - 3 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 568 - Counseling and Life Span Development - 3 credits
CSP 569 - Theories of Counseling - 3 credits
CSP 570 - Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling Services - 2 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 572 - Psychology of Career Development - 3 credits
CSP 573 - Equity-Based College and Career Readiness Counseling - 3 credits
CSP 578 - Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling - 3 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 606 - Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools - 3 credits
CSP 656 - Group Counseling - 3 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 672 - Curriculum and Classroom Management for School Counselors - 3 credits
CSP 674 - Consultation in Schools - 3 credits
CSP 691 - Research and Evaluation in Schools and Mental Health Agencies - 3 credits

Required Field Work

CSP 659 - Individual Supervision and Practicum Seminar in School Counseling - 4 credits
CSP 675 - Internship & Seminar in School Counseling - 3-9 credits

Comprehensive exam is required