The Master of Arts in School Counseling is a 60-credit hour program that prepares students for a critical and rewarding career as a school counselor. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education and is designed to meet initial licensing requirements for School Guidance Counselor (PreK-8 level or 5-12 level) and initial licensing requirements for School Social Worker/ Adjustment Counselor (All Levels) which positions students to earn subsequent professional licensure within 3 years. After entering the program and completing the foundational coursework, students will choose a track that culminates in endorsement for the initial license in either Guidance Counseling or School Social Work/Adjustment Counseling.
The Master of Arts in School Counseling program is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills and competencies essential for effective school counselors.
Theory, research, and practice are integrated in a sequential program designed to meet the challenges of providing comprehensive counseling programs in contemporary elementary, middle, and high school settings. The curriculum includes a strong counseling core with an emphasis on theory, research based prevention, intervention strategies, and outcomes based models. Specific competencies needed for counselors in the school setting including: problem solving, consultation and collaboration skills, knowledge of evidence based prevention, and intervention strategies are emphasized. Diversity, disabilities, multicultural, and school reform issues are central to implementation of national and state developmental counseling curriculum models and are imbedded in coursework and practicum experiences.
Coursework is complimented by a pre-practicum experience, supervised counseling practice in the classroom and a practicum enabling students to develop, refine, and evaluate their counseling skills within a school setting.
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 in Massachusetts. Completion of the program will deem students eligible for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC).