Admission Requirements

Enrollment in the School Counseling program is open to any qualified individual who meets the admissions standards. All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (any undergraduate major)
  • Have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
    NOTE: The MTEL exam is not required for admission in to the School Counseling program, however priority preference will be given to completed applications that include the official scores from the MTEL Literacy and Communication sections demonstrating both have been successfully passed. Matriculated students must pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam prior to enrollment in the practicum.

Candidates for the Massachusetts Initial License for either School Guidance Counselor (PreK-8; 5-12) AND/OR School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor (all levels) must meet the following standards:

  • Prior to enrollment in the practicum, submit evidence of passing scores on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills. NOTE: The School Counseling program is state-approved for the Massachusetts Initial License for School Guidance Counselor (PreK-8 or 5-12). Candidates who complete the state-approved program and thereby earn a first Initial License, are eligible for licensure reciprocity with the approximately 24 other states that are parties to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract.
  • For the most current information concerning Commonwealth of Massachusetts teacher licensure, candidates may wish to contact the Commonwealth’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Bureau of Teacher Preparation Certification and Placement, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023, 781-338-3000 / www.doe.mass.edu