The School Counseling Program prepares you for careers in a variety of school settings, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. While in the program, you may apply individually for the NYS provisional certification in School Counseling at the completion of 30 credits and a school-based practicum experience. Recommendation for permanent certification is made after graduation. School counselors can also be employed by organizations that are not primarily educational, such as correctional facilities, hospitals, and a wide variety of community-based organizations.
If you are fluent in Spanish and English, you also have the option of obtaining NYS certification in Bilingual Education Extension for Pupil Personnel Services in addition to the School Counselor certification.
Coursework and Fieldwork: Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. A minimum of 700 field hours of fieldwork are completed in two different fieldwork sites, K-5 (elementary) OR 6-8 (middle) AND 9-12 (high school), over three semesters through the Practicum and Internship courses.
Certification: School Counseling PreK-12
Eligibility and Admission Requirements
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0
- 15-25 credits of approved courses from the following fields: anthropology, economics, education, guidance, health sciences, political science, psychology, sociology, and related areas
- Evidence of written expression consonant with graduate-level study
- A statement of purpose (400-600 words) that addresses the following prompt: Please describe a meaningful event that has shaped your interest in becoming a counselor and explain why it was important.
- A supplemental essay (400-600 words) addressing the following prompt: Consider you are a counseling student providing services at a counseling internship placement site, what type of client or client issue would be difficult for you and why? How do you think you would cope with this situation?
- Two letters of recommendation from appropriate professional or academic references to aid in determining potential for work as a professional counselor
- Relevant work and/or volunteer experience is highly recommended
Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Admission to the program is highly competitive, and each applicant’s grade point average, counselor potential, and applicability of work and life experience are carefully considered.
Counseling Programs Information Session Slide Presentation
Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.
To start your application, click here.
When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Other Programs and School Counseling.
Fall Start: February 1
Spring Start: October 15
Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.