The School Counseling and School Counseling with Bilingual
Extension Programs have been developed as 48 credits Master of
Science in Education programs that meet the academic requirements
for New York State permanent certification. In both cases
permanent certification also requires two years of full-time paid
employment as a school counselor. Under current law both programs
provide opportunities for students to obtain provisional New York
State certification upon completion of 30 credits of specified
coursework that includes the appropriate practicum. Students
interested in school counseling certification in areas outside of
New York State should investigate the certification requirements on
the particular state’s website or through the American
School Counselor Association. Both programs can be
completed on a full-time or part-time basis, and all classes are
currently offered in the late afternoon or early evening.
In addition to supporting the University and Counselor
Education Program’s vision and mission, the School / School
Counseling with Bilingual Extension Programs educate individuals
who will specifically work in K – 12 school systems to address the
academic, career, and social-emotional needs of all students.
- To educate professional school counselors to be leaders in and
advocates for the profession using curricula that adheres to the
general and specialized Standards of the Council for Accreditation
of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
- To educate skilled and competent school counselors who are
capable of identifying and responding to the needs diverse clients
by providing a wide range of guidance and counseling services to
children, adolescents, and their families.
- To train school counselors to respect diversity and to actively
work towards the prevention and eradication of racism, sexism, and
- To train school counselors to work collaboratively within
school systems to improve the quality of education for all
- To train school counselors to utilize data to develop
comprehensive, accountable counseling programs that advance the
mission of their schools by addressing the academic, career, and
social-emotional needs of all students.
- To train school counselors to utilize research to inform their
daily practices and inspire them to pursue learning throughout
their professional careers.
- To encourage school counselors to establish and maintain their
professional identities by joining professional organizations
(e.g., American Counseling Association, American School Counseling
Association, New York State School Counseling Association),
attending national and local conferences, and presenting at
national and local conferences.