M.S. In Counselor Education
Specialization in School Counseling
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.
Make a better human society, with stronger families, schools, and communities.
We are committed to developing:
- Engaged, mindful learners, who promote emotional growth and social and emotional competence over their lifespan.
- 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:
- Demonstrate core knowledge appropriate to the profession (1.b., 5.n., 8.a.)
- Demonstrate leadership skills (6.b.)
- Demonstrate advocacy skills (1.e)
- Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills of counseling techniques and interventions (4.b., 5.g., 7.e., 7.i.)
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills to address client trauma (1.l., 2.h.)
- Demonstrate application of knowledge of current ethical and legal codes (3.i.)
- Demonstrate a commitment to developing one’s cultural competence (2.d., 5.f.)
- Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other professionals
- Demonstrate dispositions appropriate to the profession
- 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.)
Enrollment and Graduation Rates 2016 - 2020
Part Time Students
Full Time Students
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 2019/2020)
In State Tuition - $12,356
Out of State Tuition - $25,144 (full time)
- 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.
CNSL 500 Dynamics of Group Behavior
CNSL 501 Theories & Techniques in Counseling
CNSL 503 Supervised Counseling Practicum (SC only section)*
CNSL 504 Professional Issues in Counseling
CNSL 505 Counseling & Human Development Across the Lifespan
CNSL 521 Career Counseling and Development
CNSL 522 Appraisal Procedures in Counseling
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling
CNSL 568 Foundations of Addictions Counseling
CNSL 571 Mental Health Counseling
CNLS 572 Assessment, Treatment, & Recovery in Counseling
CNSL 598 Research in Counseling
*Prerequisites for CNSL 503 are CNSL 500, 501, 504 and 520.
SPED 501 The Exceptional Learner
CNSL 506 Counseling Children and Adolescents
CNSL 520 Professional School Counseling I
CNSL 524 Collaborative Consultation in Schools
CNSL 526 Professional School Counseling II
CNSL 591 Supervised School Guidance Internship*
* Prerequisites for CNSL 591 are CNSL 503 and 75% of courses successfully completed.
Surveys and Evaluation Forms
Demographic of Full-Time Faculty Members
The School Counseling program conducts surveys of alumni, employers, and clinical site supervisors to obtain their overall impressions of the major aspects of the program. These results are analyzed and reviewed by program faculty to determine the need for program modifications.