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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. The degree satisfies New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for provisional/permanent certification in school counseling, with SUNY New Paltz recommending graduates for certification. 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.

» Admissions Requirements
» Degree Requirements
» Practicum and Internship 
» Information for Newly Accepted Students *
» Counseling Graduate Program Handbook *
» Certification Assistance
» Certification Application Information Sheet  *


Mission Statement

The mission of the School Counseling program is to produce graduates who:

  • Function as highly skilled and ethical counselors able to work effectively in a variety of school settings with students of different ages
  • Demonstrate mastery of major counseling theories and skills and show the ability to utilize them appropriately and effectively within schools
  • Have strong foundational knowledge in the area of human growth and development and are able to use this knowledge to inform their understanding of the students with whom they work
  • Value and respect diversity and demonstrate multicultural competency working with students from diverse backgrounds<
  • Attend to and understand the system of teachers, parents, administrators, and community members that makes up a school setting and are able to work with these various constituencies effectively
  • Are able to utilize data to effectively assess and evaluate student academic achievement, career, and personal/social development as well as the school counseling program as it relates to their school’s broader mission
  • Possess an adjustment-oriented approach that emphasizes not only addressing administrative responsibilities of school counselors, but also their role as counselors providing intervention and advocacy in both preventative and remedial forms for the students they serve


Contact Us

Phone: 845-257-3467
e-mail: counsgradprogram@newpaltz.edu

Office location and hours available on counseling program home page.

Additional information on the Certification of School Counselors in New York State is available from the New York State Education Department (NYSED).