Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.)

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.) provides specialized knowledge and skills in specific areas of school counseling.
The CAGS is offered to individuals who hold a Masters degree in School Counseling or a closely related field. A customized course of study consisting of 21-30 graduate credits is developed in consultation with the graduate program director. Students enrolled in this program have an opportunity to develop an area of specialization that is related to their current work or future career goals. Students are typically enrolled in this program on a part-time basis and have up to 7 years to complete their course of study.

Other C.A.G.S. options include:

Graduates of Assumption College's School Counseling program who already hold the Guidance Counselor PreK-8 or 5-12 license may apply for the C.A.G.S. in School Counseling to obtain Initial licensure as a School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor, All Levels.

  • Enroll for an additional 450 Clinical Practicum and Seminar SCP 875 Advanced Clinical Practicum and Seminar School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor, All Levels.
  • Take the two required C.A.G.S. courses: SCP 740 Principles and Practices of Social Work/Adjustment Counseling in Schools and SCP 745 Juvenile Court and Education for Counselors.

Students with a Master's Degree in counseling, or related fields, may apply for the C.A.G.S. in School Counseling leading to licensure in School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor.

  • Transcripts of graduate or other preparation programs will be reviewed to determine if all DESE standards for School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor Initial License all levels are addressed through course work and practicum requirements.
  • An individual program of study would be developed based on the transcript review.
  • C.A.G.S. consists of a minimum of seven courses.