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 consist of a minimum of 7 courses and is based on students’ professional goals. 

The School Counseling CAGS program provides a choice of several customized pathways​: 

  1. For students with an earned master’s degree in Counseling 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 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 program tailored to the students’ professional interests.

Other CAGS options for School Counselors​:

  1. For students with an earned master’s in Special Education, School Counseling or Rehabilitation Counseling and licensure/certification, a focused program that culminates in eligibility for endorsement as a Transition Specialist for youth with disabilities in Massachusetts. Program pending DESE approval. Please check back soon for further updates. 
  2. The Resiliency in the Helping Professions C.G.S. and C.A.G.S. has broad professional applicability and is targeted to increase professional effectiveness for professionals such as, Rehabilitation Counselors, School Counselors, Educators, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and health and wellness advocates.

Students may also choose courses from these program 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. 

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, click here.