Graduate School : Downstate Counseling

Alfred University offers a Master's of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in School Counseling through the Center for Integrated Teacher Education (CITE), which has been training New York area teachers in partnership with New York State approved credit-granting institutions since 1983. Alfred University's Downstate Counseling program, which was initiated in the fall of 2006, is a satellite of the Counseling program on the university's main campus, a program that was established over 50 years ago. Classes for the Downstate program are offered at venues in Brooklyn (St. Francis College) and Oceanside, Long Island. This program is designed specifically for individuals who are seeking graduate classes that are scheduled at times that are accessible to busy educational professionals.

The Downstate Counseling program and courses are designed to enhance a teacher's ability to impart academic knowledge and to better prepare them to confront the complex social, emotional and behavioral issues that affect learners in today's classroom. The program is committed to offering practical courses which will have direct, immediate and observable impact on each educator's ability to successfully teach in New York Area schools.

The Downstate program is structured to allow separate groups of no more than 25 students to enter the program each fall. Groups remain together through the entire program, attending classes year-round for two years, including summers. First year classes are prerequisites for all other classes in the program.

All matriculated students in the Downstate program are regular Alfred University students. As such, they have access to the University's on-line resources and to their academic records through Banner. Details regarding these privileges is outlined in the program handbook that students receive at orientation.

Campus Visit Requirement
Counseling students are required to travel to Alfred University twice during their enrollment in the Downstate Program. The first campus visit is the students' initial entry into the program, during which they attend one course and participate in program orientation activities. The second campus visit occurs between the first and second year of the program and requires that students complete two courses. Campus housing is available to students. Alfred University and CITE assist students in making arrangements. Costs associated with these visits are not included in the cost of tuition. Information about transportation and housing is distributed to accepted students.


Course sequence


Related Links

Application process for Downstate Counseling
Information for current Downstate students
Downstate programs overview
Requirements for off-campus programs


Alfred University
Jay Cerio, Ph.D.
Director, Downstate Programs

Tim Werner
Manager, Professional Services
877.922.CITE (2483)