The graduate program is approved by the New York State Education Department and leads to permanent certification as a school counselor upon completion of the 60-credit MSEd degree and 2 years of post-master’s employment in a school setting. Students may obtain a provisional state certification after the completion of 30 credits. The provisional certification application must be handled by the student directly with the state.
The following are specific requirements for all candidates in school counseling:
School counseling specialty courses:
Fieldwork in K–12 school settings as part of ECPCE 729.4. Practicum in School Counseling (4 credits) and ECPCE 829. Internship in School Counseling (8 credits).
Completion of a final research project (as part of ECPCE 807 Research Methods) in an area related to school counseling.
Completion of workshops:
- Child Abuse reporting
- School Violence
- School Safety
- DASA - Dignity for All Students Act
(Note that the substance abuse workshop—which is a college requirement but not a state requirement—is embedded in ECPCE 802.)
Additional Requirements for the Bilingual Extension Specialization:
ECPCE 803. Multicultural Issues in Counseling (required for all candidates).
An additional course in bilingual issues (ECPSP 866. Multicultural Interventions or equivalent, as per advisor) for a total of 63 credits.
At least 6 of the 8 internship credits (450 internship hours) must be with a bilingual population.
The final research project (ECPCE 807) on a topic in multicultural/bilingual issues.