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M.S. in School Counseling


The 60-credit Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. The degree includes a core curriculum and specialization courses. The curriculum covers school counseling practice and research, in addition to necessary coursework in human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program development, and professional orientation. Practicum and internship experiences provide unique, varied, and intense hands-on school counseling training experiences that meet state certification requirements. The degree satisfies New York State educational requirements for both provisional/permanent and initial/professional certification in school counseling, with SUNY New Paltz recommending graduates for certification. Detailed information on the certification of school counselors in New York is available from the State Education Department (SED) at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert. The degree can be completed full-time in two years, including summer classes. Students may attend part-time, but all degree requirements must be completed within five years after admission to degree candidacy.

Admission Requirements

The Counseling Graduate Programs’ Admissions Committee reviews applications. Minimum admissions requirements are as follows:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

  2. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate work with at least a 3.0 average in psychology courses, or strong evidence of recent academic achievement.

  3. Successful completion of undergraduate General Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods in Psychology.

  4. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General test).

  5. Completed application for admission to the Master of Science program in Mental Health Counseling.

  6. One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.

  7. Three letters of recommendation.

  8. Additional application information for international students.

Application Procedures

Students may apply online or via paper application. 


Curriculum Requirements

Degree Requirements (60 credits)

All classes are three credits except where indicated.

School Counseling Requirement (39 credits)

  • COU510 Counseling Theories
  • COU515 Counseling Skills
  • COU520 Career Development, Counseling, and Assessment
  • COU525 Multicultural Counseling
  • COU535 Foundations of School Counseling (four credits)
  • COU540 Psychopathology
  • COU545 Group Dynamics and Counselingcou545fee
  • COU555 Assessment
  • COU781 Ethics and Professional Orientation: SC Internship 1 (four credits)
  • COU782 Ethics and Professional Orientation: SC Internship 2 (four credits)
  • SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
  • One of these:
    • EDS546 Conflict Resolution in Education
    • EDS741 Affective Education

Methodology Requirement (six credits)

  • PSY501 ANOVA or PSY503 Correlation and Multiple Regression
  • PSY507 Research Methods

Human Growth and Development Requirement (three credits)

  • PSY527 Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development Electives (six credits)
Choose two:

  • PSY516 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY528 Infancy and Childhood
  • PSY529 Adulthood
  • PSY531 Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • PSY556 Contemporary Social Psychology
  • PSY560 Cognitive Processes
  • PSY570 Cognitive Neuroscience

Electives (six credits)
Two courses to be chosen from the following:

  • ANY other three-credit courses from the lists above which have NOT been used to fulfill one of the above requirements
  • ANY other three-credit Counseling (COU) or Psychology (PSY) graduate courses not listed above
  • Thesis of three or six credits
  • ANY of these courses from Education:
    • EDS581 Issues of Racism and Sexism in Education
    • EDS735 Experiential Workshop Design
    • SPE732 Learning Environments for Childhood Learners with Disabilities
    • SPE742 Learning Environments for Adolescent Learners with Disabilities
    • SPE750 Collaboration Strategies for Educators
    • SPE761 Working with Families of Children with Disabilities

Mandatory Trainings