Counseling School & Community, S.Y.C.
For further information: SchoolCounselingGrad@southernct.edu
January 15 for fall semester.
Intra-department Application: Rolling Admissions
Sixth Year Professional Diploma in School Counseling
The sixth year advanced graduate studies program in counseling provides the opportunity for students holding a master 's degree in counseling or counseling related areas to further their counseling competence. These programs are not CACREP accredited.
Admission Requirements for School Psychology
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 must 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 - 30 Credit Minimum
As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.
Students who are admitted to the Sixth Year Certification program in School Counseling will meet with an advisor to determine which Masters level courses they need to meet graduation and state certification requirements for School Counseling. There is a minimum of 30 credits required for this diploma. Students may choose from the following:
CSP 595 - Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues in C.C. - 3 credits
CSP 569 - Theories of Counseling - 3 credits
CSP 540 - Understanding Individual Psychological Testing - 3 credits
CSP 691 - Research and Evaluations in Schools and Community Agencies - 3 credits
CSP 521 - Counseling the Substance Abuser and Other Addicted Populations - 3 credits
CSP 550 - Counseling Procedures (Lecture and Lab) - 4 credits
CSP 605 - Introduction to Family Counseling - 3 credits
CSP 549 - Issues in Crisis Intervention (Theory and Method) - 3 credits
CSP 656 - Group Counseling (Lecture and Lab) - 3 credits
CSP 568 - Counseling and Life Span Development - 3 credits
CSP 572 - Psychology of Career Development - 3 credits
CSP 571 - Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders - 3 credits
CSP 541 - Introduction to Psychopharmacology - 1 credit
CSP 578 - Counseling and Assessment of Culturally Diverse Populations - 3 credits
CSP 554 - Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders - 3 credits
CSP 575 - Counseling Supervision: Theory and Practice - 1 credit
CSP 552 - Counseling Practicum - 3 credit
CSP 553 - Counseling Practicum Seminar - 3 credits
CSP 676 - Counseling Internship and Seminar - 3-9 credits
Any subject 502, 542, 546, 555, 573, 580, 606, 651, and 672 or others approved by advisor - 3 credits