Master of Science

Counselor Education

with Specialization in School Counseling

Central to Empowering Youth. 

CCSU’s MS in Counselor Education with a concentration in School Counseling prepares you to assist school-aged children to reach their full academic, social/emotional, and college/career potential. Your training will include identifying and supporting students in need of targeted and intensive intervention, planning school wide universal prevention activities, and working cooperatively with multi-disciplinary teams, teachers, parents, and administrators. School counselors serve as change agents and leaders who help to create equitable and culturally sustaining systems in schools. Graduates from our program are well prepared to meet the challenges of supporting mental health in schools. 

Accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) and meets licensing standards of the Connecticut State Department of Education. 

Program Features

  • Starts every August 
  • 60- to 63-credit program 
  • Attend full- or part-time 
  • Flexible class schedule, helpful for working adults 
  • Internship opportunities 
  • Access to state-of-the-art clinical counseling laboratory 
  • Financial aid is available 
  • SAT or Praxis required 


Did You Know?

CCSU’s program has a 100% employment rate within 6 months of graduation. 

Employment of school and career counselors and advisors is projected to grow 11% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. 


What You'll Gain

  • Ability to communicate with children in a way that makes them feel safe and valued 
  • Tools to recognize and address crisis and trauma, as well as its impact on academic, social, and emotional health and learning now and in the future
  • Understanding of school counselor roles and responsibilities in relation to school emergency management plans, crises, disasters, and traumas
  • Commitment to equity, social justice, and building culturally sustaining systems in schools
  • Skills to collaborate and consult with teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and community-based organizations in recognizing and meeting the unique needs of students
  • Ability to design and evaluate school counseling programs and advocate for the psychological, emotional, and social needs of students
  • Facility with multiple data collection and analysis methods to ensure accountability and promote equity in school counseling practices
  • Knowledge of current ethical and legal codes and responsibilities