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 Counselor Education


The Graduate Programs in Counseling prepare 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 attending classes 2-3 days per week and some afternoon classes) or three years part time (which requires 2 days per week during the afternoon and evening).  

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 can be completed in two years full time (which requires attending classes 2-3 days per week and some afternoon classes) or three years part time (which requires attending classes 2 days per week during the afternoon and evening).

Responsible training for work in school and mental health settings requires that in addition to meeting academic standards candidates demonstrate appropriate professionalism in appearance, demeanor, and personal characteristics. Such characteristics include, but are not limited to, communication skills, interpersonal skills, professional judgment, insight, compassion and ethical conduct. Candidates must also demonstrate appropriate personal, professional, and ethical conduct as established by the program and counseling profession (e.g. ethical and professional standars in school counseling and mental health counseling). In addition, candidates are expected to demonstrate sensitivity to client issues and effective management of personal stress or adjustment difficulties. All candidates are subject to review, and sanctions, such as remediation and/or dismissal may result from deficiencies.

In order to maintain matriculation and complete the program, students must receive a favorable review with regards to:

1.    Grades (a minimum GPA of 3.0).
2.    Attendance, punctuality, and participation in classes.
3.    Personal, professional, and ethical conduct as established by the program.




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
  • Three (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.

The Counseling program does not accept non-matriculated students. QC field site supervisors who have received a course voucher and wish to take a course in the Counseling program should contact the Program Coordinator.

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.

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 Program Coordinator

​Counselor Education
Lourdes M. Rivera, Ph.D.
Room: PH 033
Phone: 718-997-5250

Lourdes M. Rivera is a faculty member in the Counselor Education program in the Department of Educational and Community Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Queens College she worked as a counselor in mental health and educational settings. Her scholarship is focused on career counseling and development with an emphasis on college and career readiness, multicultural competence in teaching and counseling and issues of equity in the educational setting. Lourdes teaches courses in career development, college and career readiness, multicultural counseling and counseling theories and techniques.  Lourdes views teaching as an opportunity to engage students in a collaborative exploration of ideas, theories, and professional practices while promoting greater awareness of self and the social and cultural factors that impact the work we do. Her primary goal is to prepare school and mental health counselors who are equipped to advocate for and meet the needs of diverse populations in varied settings.


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

Emeritus Faculty:
Lester J. Schwartz
Jesse M. Vázquez

Administrative Staff:
Room: PH 033A
Phone: 718-997-5250

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