School Counseling, M.S. Educator Preparation Program
For further information: SchoolCounselingGrad@southernct.edu
School Counseling: January 15 for fall semester.
Intra-department Application: Rolling Admissions
The School Counseling master 's programs are accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is the premier independent accrediting body in counselor education.
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.
- provide developmental guidance for students in the school to promote academic, personal/social, and career development in a proactive and preventive manner;
- provide individual and group counseling for students identified in need;
- consult with teachers, parents, faculty, and administrators concerning student academic, personal/social, and career success;
- provide a liaison with community agencies to garner services for students and families.
Professional school counselors provide and carry out a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program which focuses on the uniqueness of all students in three areas of development: academic, career, and personal/social. These areas or domains are in alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national standards. The program components include the guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services and program management. For more information about professional school counseling, see CSCA and ASCA.
General Admissions Information
To obtain program information/application packets, applicants should access application information from the program website:
On the graduate school application, applicants should indicate their focus is School Counseling.
Prior to being admitted to a program, students may take up to 9 credits on a 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:
- Academic background: students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for the Master's Program and/or a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the Sixth Year Program.
- Although no particular undergraduate major is required, students are required to have taken a minimum of 15 credits in psychology. Most applicants have an undergraduate major in psychology; those who do not should have taken coursework in the following areas: A. Developmental Psychology or Child Development Educational Psychology, Theories of Learning or Cognitive Psycholog Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Child Psychology or Psychopathology Statistics
- The Connecticut State Department of Education's special education requirement, which is a course that reviews all types of educational disorders as specified in federal and state statues, as well as the requirements for mainstreaming children with disabilities. 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 take this course at any accredited college or university.) You may apply even though you have not completed this final course requirement. If you are accepted, you must complete this course prior to beginning your graduate studies. Many students opt to take this course in the summer prior to beginning their school psychology program. You will be given conditional acceptance until this requirement is met.
- The State of CT 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). The scores necessary for waiving the Praxis® Core exam based on these tests are also listed on the State Department of Education website. 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.
- Evidence of a desire to enter the profession and knowledge of the field.
- Evidence of exceptional interpersonal skills (relationships and communication)
- Strong recommendations from at least three individuals who know the candidate in professional and/or academic setting.
- Evidence of superior writing skills
- A 500-word essay describing the basis of their interest in the School Counseling program at SCSU and their desire to enter the profession
- Meeting with the School Counseling Faculty members for an admissions interview, if invited.
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:
Can be waived with approval from graduate coordinator.
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 - Teaching Exceptional Children in Elementary Education Classrooms - 3 credits
SED 482 - Teaching Exceptional Children in Elementary Education Classrooms - 3 credits
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