The major objective of the Master of Arts in School Counseling is to prepare students for a career as a school counselor. The program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education and is designed to meet Initial licensing requirements for School Guidance Counselor (PreK-8 or 5-12). The School Counseling Program is designed exclusively for those students who want to pursue a counseling career within a school setting.
The Master of Arts in School Counseling program is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills and competencies that are required to be an effective school counselor.
Theory, research, and practice are integrated in a sequential program designed to meet the challenges of providing comprehensive counseling programs in contemporary elementary, middle, and high school settings. The curriculum includes a strong counseling core with an emphasis on theory, research based prevention, intervention strategies, and outcomes based models. Specific competencies needed for counselors in the school setting including: problem solving, consultation and collaboration skills, knowledge of evidence based prevention, and intervention strategies are emphasized. Diversity, disabilities, multicultural, and school reform issues are central to implementation of national and state developmental counseling curriculum models and are imbedded in coursework and practicum experiences.
Coursework is coordinated with lab, pre-practicum, and practicum experiences to provide the student with multiple opportunities to gain knowledge, and to develop, refine, and evaluate their counseling skills within a school setting.
Massachusetts professional licensing for School Guidance Counselor (PreK-8; 5-12) include coursework and fieldwork requirements at the masters degree level in order to be eligible for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). These certifications are under the auspices of National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).