School Counseling, PreK-8 or 5-12, Counseling, MS

Master's
Hybrid (Online + Campus)
Behavioral Sciences
Adult learners in a classroom

In Short

Prepares highly skilled professional school guidance counselors to work with all students and the entire school community including culturally diverse populations and students with serious emotional, cognitive, and behavioral disorders.

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What will I do?
  • Train to create comprehensive and developmental school guidance counseling programs and services that support all students with their academic, personal/social, and career development.
  • Learn diagnosis and consultation skills to prepare them to be integral members of school teams that promote academic achievement, strive to close achievement gaps, and assist all students to graduate career and college ready.

Check out our new accelerated sequence for the counseling master's programs, concentrating in either clinical mental health counseling (PDF) or school counseling (PDF). This plan of study allows students who start in the summer semester to complete the entire 60-credit program, including the year-long internship/practicum, in a little over two years. Students take 4 courses per term on average, which are primarily offered in the evenings, with some online and hybrid courses.

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Degree Overview

Prepares highly skilled professional school guidance counselors to work with all students and the entire school community including culturally diverse populations and students with serious emotional, cognitive, and behavioral disorders.

Career Opportunities

Program graduates have the credentials to apply for initial licensure as an elementary school (PreK-8) or secondary school (5-12) counselor. Past graduates of our program have been employed in the Leominster, Clinton, and Gardner school districts as well as at Fitchburg State.

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Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 3 years (2 years when students begin in summer semester), you have 6 years to complete the program.


Program Highlights

  • CAEP accredited
  • Exposure to faculty with both practical and academic backgrounds in the field.

Resources

Counseling Program Manual (PDF)

A vigorous graduate counseling program. It includes the theoretical and practical application of current curriculum practices, as well as future trends in the growing field of school guidance counseling.

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Degree and Other Information

Tuition and Fees

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation (References must be from professional sources, and one must be an academic reference.)
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words) describing goals and reasons for applying to the program
  • Applicants to the school guidance counseling program must submit passing scores on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure.
  • Successful completion of all undergraduate prerequisites
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics, Psychological Statistics, or Applied Statistics for Counselors

The learning outcomes for the Fitchburg State School Counseling program are:

  • demonstration of effective counseling skills
  • engagement in professional behavior
  • displaying caring for clients
  • demonstration of effective oral and written communication skills

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