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Education: Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Counselor of Education

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) for school counselors and the Master of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling degrees are 60-credit programs that prepare students to serve as professional counselors in schools, hospitals, and community agencies. The MSEd program in School Counseling leads to New York State certification in counseling. The 63-credit multicultural specialization program leads to the bilingual extension of the school counseling certification. The MS program in Mental Health Counseling leads to New York State licensing. Candidates seeking specialization in college counseling enroll in the mental health program.

The department offers a sequence of courses for practicing school counselors who already hold certification who are seeking a bilingual extension. For additional information, please refer to this Bulletin under Bilingual Extension for Pupil Personnel.

Either MS program in Counseling (School or Mental Health) can be completed in 2 years full-time (which requires attendance in daytime classes) or 3 to 4 years part-time with evening classes. All candidates for either master’s degree must take the 36-credit sequence of basic and advanced core courses, 12 credits of specialization courses, and 12 credits in fieldwork (for a total of 700 hours).

Requirements for Matriculation 

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
1. Satisfactory completion of the following five prerequisite course areas:
   a. Introduction to psychology
   b. Developmental psychology (child, adolescent, or life-span)
   c. Abnormal psychology (or Psychopathology)
   d. Statistics
   e. Social basis of behavior (sociology, anthropology, or social psychology).
  In some cases, strong applicants missing one course prerequisite may be conditionally admitted into the program, pending the completion of the missing prerequisite within the first semester.

2. In the 500-word essay on the admissions application, please describe your motivations for entering the counseling profession and your expectations of graduate-level study.
3. Interview may be required.

Requirements for Non-Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general 
requirements for non-matriculation​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
1. The Counseling program only accepts counseling professionals with related masters degrees as non-matriculated applicants to select advanced courses and then only with prior permission of the program coordinator and seat availability.


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Fall Deadline March 1
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineFall only 
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference3
Essay  500 Words

Accepts Non-MatricYes

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