M.S. in School Counseling - Initial/Professional: Specialization in Leadership SC6

This program leads to the following NYS Certifications:
School Counseling Initial
School Counseling Professional

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the SC6 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (0+ Additional Credits)
  • [MB1] (13 Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 60 credits. The detailed M.S. in School Counseling - Initial/Professional: Specialization in Leadership SC6 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in School Counseling - Initial/Professional: Specialization in Leadership SC6

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods
ED429 Theories of Human Development

Specialization Courses   
EDU450 Introduction to School Counseling
EDU457 Counseling Theory and Practice I
EDU460 Counseling Theory & Practice II
EDU454 Career Counseling and Development
EDU453 Counseling and Facilitating in Small Groups
EDU470 Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling
EDE417 Crisis Counseling and Disaster Mental Health
EDU459 Contemporary Issues in School Counseling
EDU465 Assessment and Appraisal

Social Context Courses   

Choose one of the following social context courses:
ED419 Life Course Studies
ED425 Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
ED481 School, Family, and Community Relations
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
EDU479 Promoting Mental Health in Midlife and Old Age
EDU494 Adult Development and Aging
EDU471 Counselor as Systems Consultant


Choose one of the following Leadership electives: Summer A session of ED462 is open to Southern Tier cohort only.
ED481 School, Family, and Community Relations
EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators
EDU447 Grant Writing and Other Funding Strategies for Educators
EDU468 Data-Driven School Improvement
ED462 Managing School Resources
ED465 School Governance and the Rights of Students and Teachers
EDU416 Understanding and Managing Conflict in Professional Organizations

Choose an additional elective for a total of 6 credits of electives (a selection from the Leadership electives is strongly advised).

EDF450 Practicum in Counseling
EDF451 Supervised Internship in School Counseling I
EDF452 Supervised Internship in School Counseling II

Additional Requirements   

Spring session of ED469 is open to Southern Tier cohort only.
EDE422 Motivation in Human Development
EDU407 Curricular and Instructional Leadership
ED469 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics


Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • NYS-approved Workshop on Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse
  • NYS-approved Workshop on School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
    Required for Certification (key items)
  • Finger-print Supported Background Check (to be completed and submitted directly to NYS at the beginning of the program)
  • 2 Years of Regular, Full-time Counseling in a School Setting (NOT a graduation requirements but needed before applying for professional certification)