Counselor Education with Specialization in School Counseling, MS

Central to Empowering Youth.

Central’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 June or August
  • 60- to 63-credit program
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Flexible class schedule, helpful for working adults
  • Practicum (100 hours over 15 weeks - year 2)
  • Internship (700 hours over 10 months - year 3)
  • Access to state-of-the-art clinical counseling laboratory
  • Financial aid is available

Program Objectives

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

Students will be able to:

  1. 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)
  2. Demonstrate appropriate counseling techniques and interventions for addressing academic, career, and social-emotional development (SC 2.c., 3.c.)
  3. Demonstrate facility with multiple data collection and analysis methods to ensure accountability and promote equity in school counseling practice (SC 2.a., 3.n.)
  4. Demonstrate understanding of school counselor roles and responsibilities in relation to the school emergency management plans, and crises, disasters, and trauma (SC 2.e.)
  5. Demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical considerations specific to school counseling (SC 2.n.)
  6. Demonstrate the ability to design and evaluate school counseling programs (SC 3.b.)

Did You Know?

Central’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.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Peg Donohue
Associate Professor
Counselor Education & Family Therapy
School Counseling Program Coordinator
Counselor Education & Family Therapy
Co-Coordinator for Advocacy - Center for Excellence in Social and Emotional Learning
Counselor Education & Family Therapy
Henry Barnard Hall

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of theory, practice, and ethical standards relative to the practice of student development in higher education.  
  2. Demonstrate appropriate counseling, advising, and group facilitation techniques for use with students, staff, and faculty in higher education.  
  3. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with colleagues throughout their institutions for purposed of creating and assessing learning experiences for students.  
  4. Identify a wide range of world views based on culture of life experiences, including their own, and use this understanding to communicate effectively across cultural and personal differences.  
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of federal and state laws pertinent to roles and functions of student affairs and to the responsible management of colleges and universities.