Department Chair
Dr. Connie Tait, Ph.D.

Department Secretary
Sarah P. Atkinson
Phone: 860.832.2154
Fax: 860.832.2145

Barnard Hall, Room 221.000
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050


Admission Requirements


For Admission into the Graduate School

Submit a graduate school application directly to the Graduate Admissions Office - (HB102)

Arrange to have official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses (except CCSU) sent directly by your college or university to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Provide additional materials to the Department of Counselor Education & Family Therapy (essay, three letters of recommendations and for those applying to the School Counseling Program a copy of the Praxis I PPST scores).

Department of Counseling and Family Therapy
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Admission requirements differ for the various programs within the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy. The following information describes the different program requirements.


M.S. in Counselor Education with Specialization in School Counseling, Professional & Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education

The School Counseling, Professional and Counseling, and Student Development in Higher Education programs admit students only one time per year. The deadline for receiving all admissions materials, including official transcripts, is April 1st for fall admission. Admissions decisions will be made on the basis of the following factors:


  1. Grade point average for all undergraduate courses. Minimum requirement is a 2.70 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00. Official transcripts must be mailed to CCSU by the college or university the applicant attended and must be received by April 1st. for Fall admission.

  2. Three recommendations from individuals able to testify to the student’s suitability as a prospective counselor. Copies of the recommendation forms can be obtained by clicking on the following link: Recommendation Forms.

  3. A 2–3 page typewritten (double spaced) essay describing the following:

    • Reasons for entering the counseling profession.

    • Personal and professional experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.

    • Personal characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a counselor.

  4.   A personal interview by the program’s faculty admissions committee. The committee  will assess the student’s personal attributes and life experiences that might contribute to the student’s potential for success as a professional counselor.

Additional Requirements for School Counseling

Documentation that the applicant has successfully passed all three parts of the Praxis I PPST Test or qualifies for a waiver. More information about the PRAXIS I PPST tests may be obtained by calling (609) 771-7395 or by accessing the PRAXIS Website:

Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences.  The procedures for obtaining the background checks and the length of time they are valid will be established by the State Department of Education and cannot be changed.  You will be responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it.  As part of the background check, you will need to be fingerprinted.  If you fail to pass the background check, you may be unable to complete your chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University.  The University will not be responsible for your inability to complete your chosen degree program.


Admission requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program

For information about admission to the MFT program please click here.


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