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

Post-Master’s Degree Programs in School Counseling

The School Counseling Program offers students with earned master’s degrees the opportunity to pursue a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS). A CAGS can enhance students’ knowledge and skill set leading to increased professional competence. A CAGS may also be pursued to complement current knowledge and skill sets allowing professionals to be more effective in their roles. CAGS programs in School Counseling typically consist of 7 courses and is based on students’ professional goals.

The School Counseling CAGS programs provides several customized pathways for students to choose from:

  1. For students with an earned master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work or closely related field, a focused program that culminates in eligibility for endorsement for the initial license in School Guidance Counseling (Level  pre-K-8 or Level 5-12) in Massachusetts.
  2. For students with an earned master’s degree in School Counseling, Social Work or closely related field, a focused program that culminates in eligibility for endorsement for the initial license in School Social Work/Adjustment Counseling (All Levels) in Massachusetts.
  3. For students with an earned master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Education or closely related field, a customized 7 course program tailored to the students’ professional interests.

The Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies also offers other CAGS programs to benefit school counselors such as Resiliency in the Helping Professions and Rehabilitation Counseling. Students may choose to pursue one of these options or choose courses from these programs to customize a CAGS.

Important:

Students who have applied to any CAGS programs are invited to contact the School Counseling Program Director or designated program faculty to conduct a transcript review and draft an initial program of study. CAGS programs may vary with respect to credit hours and required practicum hours based on this transcript review.