Master of Science in Education School Counseling

Program Overview

Program Overview

Online Masters in School Counseling AccreditationSt. Bonaventure’s online Master of Science in Education School Counseling program is the 2nd Best Value in New York by TopCounselingSchools.org. Our Online MSED School Counseling program is fully CACREP-accredited. The online MSED is designed for students who wish to serve as counselors in primary, middle and high school settings. The online MSED school counseling program is known for students who display an extraordinary commitment to service, a desire to impact our youth and the dedication to become a distinguished licensed professional.

The SBU MSED School Counseling aligns with St. Bonaventure University’s Core Values:

  • Community – During their time in the program, SBU MSED School Counseling students are in the field and in the classroom. The program presents a cohesive learning environment that brings together students, faculty and staff from a variety of professions. Upon graduating, MSED students join SBU alumni, the worldwide Bonnie community.
  • Individual Worth - MSED School Counseling students are tasked to find their own individual philosophy and counseling style when dealing with clients, faculty and staff in P-12 environments. At the same time, MSED School Counseling graduates are called to treat all the personnel and individuals they deal with in a respectful and dignified manner.
  • Discovery – MSED School Counseling program participants learn classroom theory and apply it in field work as well as a mandatory residency. SBU Online is a learn today, apply tomorrow institution.

Admissions Requirements

NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • A Personal Statement/Writing Sample
    • This takes the form of your responses to the questions presented in our MSED Counseling writing sample. (Please complete the linked form and submit to graduate admissions).
  • Two Recommendations
    • Who describe suitability for graduate study, your interest in the counseling field, your professional work, etc. Typically, recommendations come from professors, supervisors, professional peers or community leaders. We provide the School of Graduate Studies Recommendation Form for your convenience; it is not required that your endorsers use this form.
  • Interview
    • Once your application file is complete (or in some cases nearly complete), the counseling department will schedule you for an interview with a member of the counseling faculty.

Master of Science in Education School Counseling

Program Delivery

A majority of the courses in the program are delivered in an online virtual learning environment. You’ll have direct interaction with your peers and faculty. Classes are small cohorts so you’ll receive the individualized and student-focused attention needed to succeed. The program is 48 credits, classes are 7 weeks long and we offer 3 intakes per year We are proud to have a 95% program completion rate and a 95% school certification rate.

Field Experiences, Internships and Residency

Students enrolled in the school counseling online program will go through a variety of in-field work and experiences. At the beginning of the second year, students start the Practicum which requires 100 hours, 40 of which involve direct contact with clients. Following the Practicum, you’ll complete two internships each requiring 300 clock hours.

There are also two required 4-day residencies at St. Bonaventure during which you will have many opportunities to interact face-to-face with program faculty and your peers. These experiences are valuable for networking as well.

Commitment to Service

Just as our students are committed to entering schools and providing skilled counseling, we’re dedicated to serving our students. We’re #6 in Best Value Schools, #27 in Regional Universities North and Best College for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report. We’re awarded Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Top 300 Best College Values” and “Best 380 Colleges” by The Princeton Review. SBU grads make a difference in individual lives and communities. The online MSED school counseling program, in particular, emphasizes academic rigor combined with hands-on experience to create transformative learning spaces for youth in P-12 environments.

Impact on Youth

Our graduates are entering more than a career field, they’re entering a profession that truly impacts the next generation. We have a 95% completion rate in our program and a 95% school certification rate. Numbers don’t lie and our numbers show that our students are committed to providing excellence in education. In the online learning environment, a community, as well as a professional networking space is created. Learning extends beyond the classroom into real-world practice and courses designed to provide best practices, including a focus on the group as well as individual counseling, managing school counseling programs and multicultural counseling.

Dedication to a Profession

The MSED school counseling online graduate program is designed to create licensed professionals. Our graduates have more than a career – they have a vocation. The licensure process requires intensive training and experiential learning. At the beginning of the second year, students start the Practicum which requires 100 hours, 40 of which involve direct contact with clients. Following the Practicum, you’ll complete two internships each requiring 300 clock hours. You’ll also attend two 4-day mandatory residencies at St. Bonaventure University. With this experience and student-focused curriculum provided by the faculty, you’re fully equipped with the tools needed to become a school counselor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Counselor Education programs at St. Bonaventure University, graduates:

  • Understand history, roles & responsibilities, professional credentialing, advocacy and ethical standards of the field
  • Demonstrate counseling skills, including individual & group counseling, prevention and intervention, and crisis intervention
  • Demonstrate multicultural competencies in relation to diversity, equity, advocacy, and opportunity
  • Possess skills that may affect the personal, social and intellectual functioning of individuals and groups
  • Evaluate research relevant to the practice of counseling, develop measurable outcomes for their interventions, and analyze and use data to improve the efficacy of their programs
  • Promote, develop and enhance effective teamwork within institutions and communities
Licensure

SBU’s Online MSED Counseling programs are fully aligned with and mirror our CACREP-accredited on ground programs, and meets the standard for licensure within the state of New York.

Additionally, SBU encourages graduates of the online MSED Counseling programs to seek New York State Licensure upon completion of their program. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary by state and learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work.

Specific requirements for Permanent Certification in School Counseling are specified on the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives website.

Cost and Financial Aid
Online Masters in School Counseling Tuition

MSED in School Counseling: $733 per credit hour / $35,184

Online Masters in School Counseling Financial Aid

Qualified individuals may receive financial aid. There are a number of options available including aid from the government, individual financial institutions and benefits available for those who have served in the military. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Program Curriculum

School Counseling Master’s degree: 48 Credits

  • Core courses: 30 credits
  • School Counseling Specialty Courses: 12 credits
  • Residencies: 6 credits

Click on the course name to learn more.

Careers and Outcomes

According to U.S. News and World Report, school counseling is in the Top 20 Best Social Services jobs. Individuals in the school counseling profession can earn more than $50,000 a year while working in a variety of environments such as:

  • Public and private P-12 schools
  • Specialized educational facilities
  • Non-for-profits
  • Secondary learning facilities: junior colleges, colleges, universities, state, local and private

Master’s degree students in the school counseling program look for opportunities to work with students either in the classroom or in a P-12 school environment. You could be an educational professional looking to work in a different aspect of the field or a professional with a different background looking to make a difference as a school counselor.

EDUC 500. Research Methods: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course helps educators and counselors exercise and expand their critical thinking skills by critique and generation of research projects or publications. The course aims to make teaching and counseling work easier and more effective by developing skills to solve research problems. Candidates will recognize the characteristics of well-designed research and be able to identify what methodologies for data collection and analysis may be used given the research question, as well as write acceptably formatted research papers.

EDUC 099A/599A. Safe Schools Workshop: 0 Credits

Core Courses

All applicants for a New York certificate on or after February 2, 2001, are required to complete two clock hours of coursework or training in school violence prevention and intervention in accordance with the Section 3004 of the Education Law. This two-hour workshop fulfills this requirement for New York candidates.

EDUC 099B/599B. Child-Abuse Prevention Workshop: 0 Credits

Core Courses

All applications for New York certification are required to complete two clock hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and maltreatment in accordance with the Section 3003(4) and 3004 of the Education Law. This two-hour workshop fulfills this requirement of New York candidates.

CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course is designed to acquaint students with the field of counseling. This is the introductory graduate course in counseling in which a general overview and survey of the profession are provided. Roles and responsibilities of counselors across a variety of settings are examined. Professional ethical and legal issues are explored. Fall, Spring

CE 511. Advanced Human Growth and Development: 3 Credits

Core Courses

The course addresses development and cognitive processes governing learning from conception to death. Normative, non-normative and historical effects within childhood, adolescence, adulthood and later life are presented. Formal developmental and learning theory are emphasized in conjunction with practical interpretation and application. The course provides an orientation and background for sound educational practices.

CE 530. Theories and Techniques of Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

The course acquaints the student with the basic knowledge base and skills required for the practice of counseling. Classroom work will focus on the development of specific counseling skills. Students will use role play, audio and videotapes to facilitate the learning process. Additionally, students will explore counseling theory and research.

CE 540. Abnormal Psychology: 3 Credits

Core Courses

To acquaint the beginning graduate student with the field of abnormal psychology with an emphasis on the definitions and distinctions between the various abnormal disorders, an introduction to the current research in the field, a discussion of the numerous continual controversial issues and a review of the data-based treatment approaches. In addition, this course will assist the graduate student to understand the nature, needs, and problems of individuals at all developmental levels over the life span and to understand the nature, needs, and problems of a multicultural and diverse society.

CE 550. Group Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course provides a basic introduction to group process and group counseling. The class will blend theory with practice. The course will explore various theoretical approaches to group practice, as well as the four group work specializations developed by the Association for Specialists in Group Work: Task, Psychoeducational, Counseling, and Psychotherapy.

CE 560. Psychological Testing and Assessment: 3 Credits

Core Courses

To acquaint the student with the basic foundations of testing and assessment and to provide the student with broad knowledge and experience in test selection, use and interpretation within the counseling process. The course also provides practical experience in test selection, administration and interpretation.

CE 570. Career Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

To introduce the student to the psychology and sociology of career development and to the theory and practice of career counseling and education. The focus on development from childhood through adulthood provides an examination of career counseling strategies in both schools and community agencies.

CE 610. Practicum in Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course is designed to expose the student to the practice of counseling with individuals under direct supervision. Students will meet with actual clients in a school-based setting. The course is designed to facilitate the integration and application of theory and skill gained in earlier coursework. Prerequisites: Formal faculty approval following successful completion of prior required courses and proof of appropriate Practicum entry clearances.

CE 638. Multicultural Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course provides an introduction to cross cultural counseling. The course examines three distinct areas: cultural awareness, knowledge of other cultures, and allows students to look at the skills component. Students are taught through lectures, exercises, videotapes and guest speakers. The course offers an introduction to the lifelong continuous journey of counseling clients from diverse populations.

CE 620A. Internship I in School Counseling: 3 Credits

School Counseling Specialty Courses

This course is designed to provide counseling interns with an opportunity to perform all activities that a regularly employed school counselor would be expected to perform. Students seeking certification in school counseling must complete a minimum of 300 clock hours in an approved school setting under the supervision of a certified school counselor with at least two years of experience. Professional portfolios are developed.

 

Prerequisites: Formal faculty approval following successful completion of the Practicum.

 

CE 620B. Internship II in School Counseling: 3 Credits

School Counseling Specialty Courses

To provide school counseling interns with an opportunity to build upon the learning experiences of CE 620A. Whereas 620A focuses on the indoctrination of the intern into the school setting and the development of a professional identity, 620B focuses on the integration of the intern within the school system. Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of the school counselor within education system and the interdisciplinary teamwork necessary to promote a successful school counseling program. In particular, this second portion of the internship will focus on an understanding of education system topics, such as state education standards, administration functions, special education, consultation with other education professionals, classroom management, school law, and community resources.

CE 630. Management of School Counseling Programs: 3 Credits

School Counseling Specialty Courses

To provide students with knowledge and skills in the management of school-based counseling programs. Topics to be examined include: needs assessment, program development, time management, consultation within the system and community, intervention strategies, evaluation and public relations.

CE 634. Interventions for School and CMH Counseling: 3 Credits

School Counseling Specialty Courses

This is an intermediate class designed to improve the clinical skills of graduate students in Counselor Education by providing them with an in-depth application experience in the Multidimensional Approach to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders of children and adults. This approach emphasizes the genetic, biological, race, gender, class, religious difference, sexual orientation and social learning factors as they influence the individual and their psychological disorder.

662 Residency 1: Professional Practice of Counseling

This residency course will provide beginning opportunities for students to explore special topics regarding their tracks of study of mental health and school counseling. It will also allow students to lead experiential activities within the areas of individual and group counseling skill development. Additionally, students will be given opportunities to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and supervision. There will be modules, lessons, and assignments before and after this four-day, in-person residency.

663 Residency 2: Advanced Professional Practice of Counseling

This residency course will provide advanced opportunities to build upon special topics regarding their tracks of study of mental health and school counseling. It will continue to allow students to lead experiential activities within the areas of individual and group counseling, through role play and simulation. Students will be given further opportunities to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and supervision. There will be modules, lessons, and assignments before and after this four-day, in-person residency.