The Master of Arts in School Counseling program prepares students to become school (guidance) counselors. The role of the school counselor is dynamic as it provides critical support to students, parents, administrators, teachers, staff and community service providers that varies from day to day. The School Counseling Program trains the future counselor to work with children and adolescents across academic, career, and social-emotional domains. Students learn to collaborate with all stakeholders to support academic and social success and to apply evidenced-based practice for comprehensive school counseling programs. Students are prepared to engage in prevention and intervention planning as well as program evaluation to meet individual student and school-level needs expected as a school counselor.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved Assumption College’s graduate program in School Counseling to issue endorsement for the Initial License as a school guidance counselor (Pre-8 or 5-12). Students who complete the approved program are also eligible for licensure reciprocity with states that are members of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract. Consistent with the National Board Certified School Counselor standards, students will complete a rigorous counselor training program that includes a supervised clinical practicum experience in a public primary and/or secondary school. Completion of the program will deem students eligible for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC).
The graduate program in School Counseling at Assumption College includes the following features:
- A strengths-based curriculum that emphasizes culturally competent, evidence-based counseling interventions with focus on educational policy, leadership, child advocacy, and social justice
- A collaborative learning environment that facilitates interaction and teamwork thus preparing students for success in school systems where being a team player is a critical characteristic for effectiveness
- Faculty with experience in the school setting providing effective counseling and intervention to meet the needs of a diverse student population
- Class schedules with flexibility to accommodate the schedules of those students who wish to pursue the program full- or part-time (face-to-face, online, hybrid class options)
- Small class sizes that encourage greater interaction with faculty and other graduate students
- Pre-practicum and practicum placements in urban and suburban school settings exclusively in Massachusetts
- Rigorous, current curriculum that addresses national and state models/standards
- Access to current and cutting-edge workshops geared toward professional development of School Counselors, Adjustment Counselors, Social Workers and other counseling professionals through the Institute for School Counseling and School Psychology
- An approved program by the Massachusetts Department of Education to license school guidance counselors (Initial Licensure Pre K–8 or 5-12)
- Competitive tuition rates
As a graduate of the School Counseling program at Assumption College, you will be positioned to assume a professional role in a school setting where you will impact the lives of children and adolescents.