Counselor Education & Family Therapy - M.S. in Counselor Education with Specialization in School Counseling

Counselor Education & Family Therapy


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Henry Barnard Hall, Room 225

Dr. Cherie King
Department Chair/Professor

Marian Rosario 
Department Secretary


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M.S. In Counselor Education

Specialization in School Counseling

Our Mission

Central Connecticut State University's Counselor Education and Family Therapy Department’s mission is to develop self-aware professionals and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to empower diverse individuals, families, and communities to achieve their well-being, relationship, education, and career goals.

Our Vision

Make a better human society, with stronger families, schools, and communities.

Core Values

We are committed to developing:

  1. Engaged, mindful learners, who promote emotional growth and social and emotional competence over their lifespan.
  2. Professionals, who value social justice and respect human dignity, and who have open and flexible mindsets.

The focus of the School Counseling program is to prepare professional school counselors to assist school-age children, primarily in Connecticut, to reach their full educational, social, and vocational potential by providing appropriate counseling prevention and intervention activities. School counselors accomplish this mission by working cooperatively with teachers, parents, and administrators.  School counselors provide the contextual learning environments that enable children to achieve their full developmental capacities. To be effective school counselors, our graduates must be caring, innovative, lifelong learners who will become leaders in helping children to learn and to become healthy, contributing citizens in our rapidly changing society.  They will adhere to the highest standards of the profession.

The School Counseling track is accredited by CACREP until October 31, 2020.

Objectives for all Counseling Programs:

Objectives for all Specialty Areas

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core knowledge appropriate to the profession (1.b., 5.n., 8.a.)
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills (6.b.)
  3. Demonstrate advocacy skills (1.e)
  4. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills of counseling techniques and interventions (4.b., 5.g., 7.e., 7.i.)
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to address client trauma (1.l., 2.h.)
  6. Demonstrate application of knowledge of current ethical and legal codes (3.i.)
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to developing one’s cultural competence (2.d., 5.f.)
  8. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other professionals
  9. Demonstrate dispositions appropriate to the profession
  10. Demonstrate excellent communication skills


Objectives for School Counseling Program

Students will be able to:

11. Demonstrate the ability to consult and collaborate with teachers, staff, administrators, and community-based organizations in understanding and meeting the needs of all students (SC 1.d)

12. Demonstrate appropriate counseling techniques and interventions for addressing academic, career, and social-emotional development (SC 2.c., 3.c.)

13. Demonstrate facility with multiple data collection and analysis methods to ensure accountability and promote equity in school counseling practice (SC 2.a., 3.n.)

14. Demonstrate understanding of school counselor roles and responsibilities in relation to the school emergency management plans, and crises, disasters, and trauma (SC 2.e.)

15. Demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical considerations specific to school counseling (SC 2.n.)

16. Demonstrate the ability to design and evaluate school counseling programs (SC 3.b.)





Average time to complete 60/63 credit Masters of Science Degree in Counselor Education:

Full time – 3 academic years
Part time – up to 6 years

Average Tuition per year (as of 2020/2021)

Connecticut Resident (graduate)


New England Resident (graduate)


Non-Resident (graduate)


  • Employment rates of program graduates (6 months post) - 100%
  • Beginning in 2021, all students will take the CPCE
  • Those students who are interested in pursuing their LPC can elect to take the National Counselor (NCE) required for Professional Counselor Licensure in the state of Connecticut.


Core Courses:

CNSL 500 Dynamics of Group Behavior (3 credits)
CNSL 501 Theories & Techniques in Counseling (6 credits)
CNSL 503 Supervised Counseling Practicum (SC only section)* (3 credits)
CNSL 504 Professional Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
CNSL 505 Counseling & Human Development Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
CNSL 521 Career Counseling and Development (3 credits)
CNSL 522 Appraisal Procedures in Counseling (3 credits)
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)
CNSL 568 Foundations of Addictions Counseling (3 credits)
CNSL 571 Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
CNLS 572 Assessment, Treatment, & Recovery in Counseling (3 credits)
CNSL 598 Research in Counseling (3 credits)
*Prerequisites for CNSL 503 are CNSL 500, 501, 504 and 520.


Specialization Courses:

SPED 501 The Exceptional Learner (3 credits)

CNSL 506 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 credits)

CNSL 520 Professional School Counseling I (3 credits)

CNSL 524 Collaborative Consultation in Schools (3 credits)

CNSL 526 Professional School Counseling II (3 credits)

CNSL 591 Supervised School Counseling Internship* (6 – two semesters)


Program Annual Report 20-21