School Counseling (MSEd)


Welcome to the School Counseling (MSEd) program home page. Use this page as a guide to the program from acceptance to graduation. Students can complete the program part-time or full-time.

Academic Plan


Total Credits

Earn at least 60 credits

Advisors and Faculty

Annual Report and Student Outcomes

Please view the Annual Report and Student Outcomes that we provide in compliance with The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the body that accredits the Hunter College School of Education’s program in school counseling.

Newly Accepted Students

Program Sequences

Consult the program sequence for a suggested order of courses for the program based on start date. It also includes when to take certification exams and apply for clinical experiences in addition to other important non-course requirements. For technical registration support and troubleshooting, please visit the Register for Classes page.

Hunter College Catalog

To review descriptions of specific courses and academic progress standards for the program along with exit requirements please use the course catalog for the year you were admitted to the program.

Clinical Experiences

Hunter College School Counseling Program students are required to complete a minimum of 700 field hours in two different fieldwork sites, K to 5 (elementary) OR 6 to 8 (middle) AND 9 to 12 (high school), over three semesters through the Practicum and Internship courses.


Practicum is a one-semester placement, which may be completed in the fall or spring semester. Practicum requires students to be in the field a minimum of 100 hours per semester (approximately one full day each week). There are two corresponding courses required to register for during the practicum semester.


Upon successful completion of practicum, students are eligible to start internship, their second fieldwork experience during their academic program. Internship is a two-consecutive semester placement, which starts in the fall semester and is completed in the spring semester. Internship requires students to be in the field a minimum of 300 hours per semester (approximately three full days each week, totaling 600 hours for the academic year). There is one corresponding course required to register for during each internship semester.


Graduation is the official completion of your program and conferral of an academic degree. In order to graduate, students must apply for graduation using CUNYFirst the semester before the semester of their planned graduation and complete any outstanding requirements by the stated deadlines. Visit the Graduation and Commencement page for complete information.

Certification and Licensure

This program leads to New York State certification in School Counseling.

Students who are completing or have completed the program will apply for their certification through the New York State Education Department TEACH Online Services.

All students graduating in Spring 2024 or later will be required to take the School Counseling Content Specialty Test (CST) for certification. For updates on this change, please review the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives website. To prepare for this exam, please review the NYSTCE study guides page and the School Counseling Preparation Materials page. To register for this exam, please review the School Counseling CST registration page.

All students who graduated from the School Counseling program prior to Spring 2024 and who did not apply for Provisional certification, will be required to apply for Initial Certification through the Individual Evaluation pathway.

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