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School Counseling

Helping ALL students achieve their goals

Thinking about a career in school counseling? Consider Alfred University’s School Counseling program; a quality program that prepares and trains graduate students for this exciting and challenging career. School counselors hold a unique professional role in that they get to work with and help ALL students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Degrees

School Counseling (MS Ed, CAS)

CACREP Accreditation

With CACREP accreditation and New York reciprocity, graduates from the Alfred University School Counseling Master's program have easily been hired for school counseling positions in other states throughout the country.

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Full-Time Sequence

First Year

Fall Semester

  • COUN 602 Professional & Ethical Foundations of Counseling 3 credits
  • COUN 605 Career Development & Life Planning 3 credits
  • COUN 636 Principles of Counseling 3 credits
  • COUN 642 Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
  • COUN 606 Human Development 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • COUN 604 Foundations of School Counseling 3 credits
  • COUN 616 Mental Health, Exceptionality & Disability 3 credits
  • COUN 638 Advanced Counseling Theory & Practice 3 credits
  • COUN 639 Group Counseling 3 credits
  • COUN 657 Practicum in Counseling I 3 credits

Summer Semester

  • COUN 626 Assessment in Counseling 3 credits
  • PSYC 641 Introduction to Family Therapy 3 credits

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • COUN 668 Internship in School Counseling I 6 credits
  • COUN 646 Consultation & Prevention 3 credits
  • COUN 671 Research & Statistics 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • COUN 670 Internship in School Counseling II 6 credits
  • COUN 649 Evidence-based Interventions in Schools 3 credits
  • COUN 695 Topics in Counseling 3 credits

Part-Time Sequence

First Year

Fall Semester

  • COUN 602 Professional & Ethical Foundations of Counseling 3 credits
  • COUN 606 Human Development 3 credits
  • COUN 636 Principles of Counseling 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • COUN 616 Mental Health, Exceptionality & Disability 3 credits
  • COUN 638 Advanced Counseling Theory & Practice 3 credits
  • COUN 639 Group Counseling 3 credits

Summer Semester

  • COUN 626 Assessment in Counseling 3 credits
  • PSYC 641 Introduction to Family Therapy 3 credits

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • COUN 605 Career Development & Life Planning 3 credits
  • COUN 642 Multicultural Counseling 3 credits
  • COUN 671 Research & Statistics 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • COUN 604 Foundations of School Counseling 3 credits
  • COUN 657 Practicum in Counseling I 3 credits
  • COUN 695 Topics in Counseling 3 credits

Third Year

Fall Semester

  • COUN 668 Internship in School Counseling I 6 credits
  • COUN 646 Consultation & Prevention 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • COUN 670 Internship in School Counseling II 6 credits
  • COUN 649 Evidence-based Interventions in Schools 3 credits

Program Total: 54 credits

Students in the School Counseling Program will complete 100 total hours (40 of which are direct service hours) in Practicum in Counseling, at a selected school working with students under the supervision of a permanently certified school counselor. During Internship in School Counseling I and Internship in School Counseling II, students continue at a selected school working with students under the supervision of a permanently certified school counselor. Over the course of a minimum of two internship semesters, students must accumulate at least 600 total hours and 240 direct service hours.

Applying

To apply, students should select AU Campus MSEd Counseling as their degree program on the graduate application form. Students do not have to choose their counseling specialty (School Counseling or Mental Health Counseling) until the second semester, as this is when the specialization courses begin.

Students should submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • the completed application form and fee;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  • scores from the GRE general test if undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • a brief personal statement of your program interest.                 

In addition, because of the high level of maturity, sensitivity, independence and flexibility necessary in the program, an on-campus interview is required. You'll be contacted for an interview once all application materials have been received.

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Financial Support

There are three types of assistantships that all full-time graduate students may choose to acquire: 1) General graduate assistantships; 2) Enhanced graduate assistantships; 3) Athletic graduate assistantships.

All full time graduate students throughout the university are granted a general graduate assistantship, which requires the student to work 7.5 hours per week for a professor or university division. This assistantship reduces 50% of the tuition cost and provides the student with a stipend (25% of the reduced tuition). Students are responsible to the faculty or staff member to whom they are assigned.

Full-time students may instead choose to apply for an enhanced graduate assistantship through the Division of Student Affairs, as a Residence Hall Director, Weekend Supervisor, or Assistant Coordinator of Leadership Programming. In exchange for working 20 hours per week, this assistantship covers 50% of tuition costs and provides the graduate student with a stipend of $3,000 to $5,000, depending on the assistantship. Some enhanced assistantships provide a furnished on-campus apartment and full meal plan when the University is in session.  For more information please contact the directors of Residence Life, Center for Student Involvement, and/or the Judson Leadership Center.

Students interested in the part-time program may apply for an athletic graduate assistantship, which fully covers a maximum of 18 credits of tuition per academic year (see the part-time sequence) and provides a small stipend in exchange for working 20 hours per week as an assistant coach, athletic trainer, or facilities manager. For more information please contact the Director of Athletics.

Additional financial support may be available through grants and other external sources obtained through the Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families. The Financial Aid Office assists graduate students in obtaining additional forms of assistance whenever possible.

Alfred University’s Masters of Science degree and Certificate of Advanced Study (MSEd/CAS) in School Counseling comprises 60 credit hours of coursework and supervised practicum and internship experiences. As a CACREP accredited program, Alfred’s coursework addresses the eight common core curricular experiences as well as several specialization areas including:

  • Foundations of school counseling
  • Exceptionality, mental health and disability
  • Evidence-based interventions in schools
  • Consultation and prevention
  • Substance use disorders

The practicum and internship courses, which occur across three semesters of training, provide students with over 700 hours of applied experiences in area elementary, middle and high school settings. 

Alfred University’s school counseling program is registered with New York State’s Education Department. Upon completion of the program, students receive their provisional certification as a K-12 School Counselor, making them eligible for employment as school counselors immediately. Since Alfred’s program is 60 credits, students will have also completed all of the educational requirements for permanent certification in New York, needing only the two years of post-degree experience to gain permanent certification.  And given our program’s CACREP accreditation and New York reciprocity, graduates have easily been hired for school counseling positions in other states throughout the country.

School counselors are leaders in a school! They are responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive school-counseling program that enhances student success through a variety of responsive services, student planning, guidance, and system support, including:

  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Conflict resolution
  • Violence prevention
  • Character education
  • Transition planning
  • College/career readiness
  • Student advocacy
  • Crisis intervention
  • and so much more…

School Counselors work in public and private elementary, middle, junior high and high schools. It is listed among the top ten social service careers and, according to the Department of Labor, school counseling jobs are projected to grow 8% over the next decade.

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