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Counselor Education

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The Graduate Programs in Counseling prepares individuals for careers as professional counselors in educational, mental health and community settings.  The rigorous and demanding training process includes a sequenced combination of psychological foundation courses, clinical technique labs, and practicum/internship fieldwork placements.  There is an emphasis on self-awareness, multicultural sensitivity, and critical thinking as it impacts clinical interventions that facilitate development within ecological contexts.

The 60-credit Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree leads to New York State Certification in School Counseling.  The  bilingual extension certification program in school counseling requires an additional 3 credits.  The school counseling programs can be completed in two years full time (which requires 2 – 3 day per week and some early afternoon classes) or three years part time (which requires 2 days per week with evening classes).  The 60 credit Master of Science (M.S.) degree in mental health counseling is registered with New York State and leads licensure (LMHC).  This program is only available as a three year part time track.   

For specific program information, go to Counselor Education


Openings are competitively filled; admission cannot be guaranteed to all who meet the stated requirements. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or the foreign equivalent).   The requirements for admissions include

  • Undergraduate GPA (3.0 or higher)
  • Completion of 5 undergraduate prerequisite courses:
    • Introduction to psychology
    • Developmental psychology (child, adolescent or life span)
    • Abnormal psychology
    • Statistics
    • Sociology, Anthropology or Social psychology
  • 500 word essay outlining your reasons for choosing a career in counseling
  • 3 letters of recommendation (from professors, supervisors, or professional references)

Students who receive acceptable ratings in the first round of review will be invited to campus for the second round which will include a group interview with the counseling faculty and a writing sample. 

Applications, which are accepted up to March 1, for September admission, are accepted online only.  Further admissions information can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions, Jefferson Hall, Room 105, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY 11367-1597. Telephone  (718) 997-5200.

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For additional information, contact

Graduate Counselor Education Program, Division of Education, DECP, Powdermaker Hall, Room 033, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY 11367-1597. Telephone  (718) 997-5250 .


 Office Information

Program Coordinator:
John Pellitteri
Phone: 718-997-5250
Fax: 718 997-5248

Matthew S. Day
Jennifer A. Kyle
John Pellitteri
Lourdes M. Rivera

David Rivera

Emeritus Faculty:
Lester J. Schwartz
Jesse M. Vázquez

Administrative Staff:
Dolly Mathura

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