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School Counseling, M.S.

Our highly personalized graduate program prepares you to be a responsive, effective advocate for the academic, social, emotional, and career success of pre-K, elementary, and middle and high school students. Complete the program in two years full-time or in three years on a part-time basis, in a blended format (online and on campus) and in the field.

Coursework topics include counseling theory and techniques, working in schools, leadership, group counseling, working with special needs students, post-secondary planning and college counseling, consultation, human development, social justice, ethics, and school violence prevention. In our Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)-accredited program, you will participate in practicum and internships under the mentorship and supervision of a tenured school counselor in a P-12 school setting.

Upon completing your studies, you will possess these core competencies:
  • Knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs using national and state models.
  • Knowledge and skills to consult and work collaboratively with faculty members, administrators, parents and caretakers, and community members to improve student success.
  • Ability to apply counseling theories and practices in a school setting.
  • Ability to consult and collaborate with faculty members and administrators to create safe, respectful school environments for diverse student populations.
  • Ability to use data to inform practice and serve the needs of every student, including underrepresented youth.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in a variety of technology applications appropriate to counseling practice.
  • Demonstrated responsibility for your own learning and professional development.

We also offer a Bilingual Extension, which can be completed simultaneously with your school counseling degree. The extension includes includes a minimum of six additional credits, as well as bilingual practicum experience to prepare you to work specifically with bilingual/ELL students and their families. NYSED certification will require documented proficiency in the target language by independently passing the New York State Bilingual Assessment (BEA).

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An NYIT degree is your passport to an exciting future in an in-demand field. Possible career opportunities for graduates with this degree include:

  • P-12 school counselor
  • Academic advisor
  • Career counselor
  • College advisor
  • Educational/youth support organization staff

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