Alfred University's Counseling program is a student-centered, 60-credit-hour program leading to the Master of Science in Education and Certificate of Advanced Study. Alfred’s program offers specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. Both programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Our graduates currently work in public and private schools, college counseling centers, student affairs positions, mental health agencies, substance abuse clinics, and many other settings.
Affordable Graduate Study
Alfred offers significant financial assistance to graduate students. All full-time Counseling students are offered a graduate assistantship (GA), which reduces tuition by 50% in exchange for 7.5 hours of work per week, assigned by the Counseling department. Students may qualify for other competitive GA positions through the Student Affairs, Residence Life, or Athletics departments: some of these GA positions offer additional financial assistance and room and board (Student Affairs assistantships). Students who find postgraduate employment in certain areas may also qualify for loan forgiveness. Find more information on loan forgiveness and other student loan programs for counselors. Please contact Dr. Steve Byrne for more information on graduate assistantship opportunities.
Why Alfred University’s Counseling Program?
- CACREP Accredited
Alfred's campus-based programs in both Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body which provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession.
- Comprehensive Curriculum
Both the School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling programs provide important foundational curricular experiences along with essential specialization courses. Full time students can complete the program in two years; Part-time students can complete the program in three years.
- Practical Experience
All students complete a supervised practicum and internship in area mental health facilities or school districts. Practicum students gain additional experience at Alfred University’s Child and Family Services Center, which is both a training clinic and outpatient facility containing state-of-the-art digital recording/observation capabilities for which faculty supervisors can observe counseling sessions in real time.
- Exceptional Pass Rates
Alfred University's campus-based programs in Mental Health and School Counseling have exceptional pass rates for the different licensure and certification exams.
- 98% of Alfred’s students sitting for the National Counselor Exam have passed this exam, which is well above the national pass rate of 78%
- 95% of Alfred's students who take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam have passed this exam, compared to a national pass rate of 68%
- 100% of Alfred's students have passed the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE)
- Student Engagement
Alfred's counseling students are very much engaged in scholarly activities relevant to the counseling profession. Over the years students have been board members for state counseling associations, co-authors on publications with faculty, and have attended and presented at many state and national conferences, including those in Orlando, San Francisco, Montreal, and New Orleans. Students typically acquire financial assistance for travel.