Degree Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN SCHOOL COUNSELING INITIAL LICENSE (PreK-8; 5-12)

Candidates for the degree of Master of Arts in School Counseling are required to complete a rigorous 54-credit program to develop systematically the knowledge and skills essential to demonstrate competence. For those seeking licensure, institutional endorsement for the Massachusetts Initial License for School Guidance Counselor (PreK-8; 5-12) requires, at a minimum, successful completion of all listed courses or their equivalents (see prior information regarding waivers). Enrollment in some courses, including the practicum may require the prior approval of the Director of the School Counseling program and/or the completion of prerequisite course(s) beyond the required courses listed.

A 75-hour non-credit pre-practicum is required by the Massachusetts Department of Education. The pre-practicum must be completed prior to the practicum.

View our School Counseling Program Pre-Requisite Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES: INTIAL LICENSE FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING

Level I Foundations and Introductory Courses
SCP 510 Professional Orientation to Counseling
SCP 515 Counseling Theories, Principles, and Practices
SCP 520 Psychology of Learning and Motivation
SCP 535 Group Counseling and Leadership
SCP 545 Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan
SCP 560 Psychological and Educational Assessment
SCP 565 Fundamentals of School Counseling
PSY/SED 568 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
SCP 610 Multicultural Family Counseling and Collaboration
27 credits

Level II Intermediate Courses
SCP 525 Consultation and Collaboration: School/Home/Family
SCP 540 Introduction to Research and Program Evaluation
SCP 620 Vocational, Career, and College Counseling (5-12)
SCP 625 Neuropsychology of Learning and Behavior
SCP 630 Intervention Strategies: Social and Emotional
SCP 635 Intervention Strategies: Academic and Learning
SCP 640 Developmental Psychopathology
21 credits

Level III Advanced Courses
SCP 800 Clinical Practicum & Seminar: School Counselor, Guidance PreK-8
OR
SCP 815 Clinical Practicum & Seminar: School Counselor, Guidance (5-12)
SCP 850 AdvancedClinical Practicum & Seminar: School Counselor, Guidance PreK-8
OR
SCP 865 Advanced Clinical Practicum & Seminar: School Counselor, Guidance 5-12
6 credits
TOTAL: 54 credits