Thinking about a career in school counseling? Consider then, 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 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
- 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.
Alfred University’s Masters of Science degree and Certificate of Advanced Study (M.S.Ed/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.