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M.S. in Counselor Education with Specialization in School Counseling

School Counseling – 48-51 credit program that prepares students for professional careers as counselors in elementary, middle, and senior high schools. The program meets the certification requirements of the Connecticut State Department of Education. A strong emphasis is placed on a developmental model of school counseling that is reflected in the National Standards for School Counseling of the American School Counseling Association and Connecticut Best Practices in School Counseling. Students must be prepared to commit to both a 100 hour practicum and a full time internship.

Program Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Learn the five core roles of school counselors* and describe ways in which these roles interact in school and community settings (*coordinator, consultant, manager, teacher, and counselor - identified by the Connecticut School Counselors Association).

  • Demonstrate proficiency in group processes as used in counseling, peer and parent education, and consultation.

  • Articulate a personal theory of counseling and guidance on which they base their work in the schools.

  • Work in a variety of schools in urban, suburban, and rural settings in volunteer, practicum, and internship experiences and receive supervision in all settings.

  • Become knowledgeable consumers of research in school counseling and related areas and learn to apply current research to practice.

  • Become knowledgeable consumers of research in school counseling and related areas and learn to apply current research to practice.

  • Develop and articulate a strong sense of professional identity as ethical, multiculturally-competent school counselors.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in appraisal of student strengths and needs through use of standardized and informal appraisal methods.

Field Based Training

The Supervised Counseling Practicum (CNSL 503) is a one-semester, 100 hour placement, usually in an urban school setting during the students' second year. Practicum students participate in a variety of counseling experiences and become acquainted with the activities of a school counseling office. Students are provided with close supervision that includes review of video and audio taped counseling sessions.

The Internship (CNSL 591) for non-teachers is a 10 month (900 hours), full time intensive field placement following the practicum experience and completion of all required coursework. For certified teachers with at least 3 years of experience, 600 hours over the course of one or two semesters will satisfy the internship requirement. Students enrolled in the internship also attend a weekly seminar course.

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