Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology
School Counseling (MS)
Admission to this program has been suspended effective September 1, 2013
School Counseling constitutes an excellent career for those wishing to work closely with children, parents, and fellow school personnel. It is an unusually fulfilling profession in that it offers the opportunity to positively assist students at the elementary, middle, or secondary school levels with personal, interpersonal, academic, and career development issues of vital importance, both in their current and later lives. Northeastern University is uniquely disposed and situated to provide an intensive graduate education in School Counseling by virtue of its commitment to academic excellence and as a longstanding leader in experiential learning. Also, its urban location and immediate access to local suburban communities offer the widest range of opportunities for engaging in a year-long, supervised practica in nearly any type of school setting. One may specialize in working with students at the kindergarten to middle school levels, those at the middle and senior high school levels, or become qualified to counsel at the K-12 levels. Upon completion of the 36-credit hour program, graduates are eligible for initial licensure in School Counseling in Massachusetts and in approximately 50% of the states in the nation; and by taking 12 additional credits (four 3-credit hour graduate courses) graduates can meet the most stringent standards in all states. (See Option #1 in Graduate Program Options.)
Northeastern graduate curricula are designed to inform students of the newest and emerging national movements in the school counseling field as well as provide grounding in the firmly established foundational concepts in counseling psychological theory and methods. Further, much of this learning is greatly enhanced by being a member of a two-year cohort of students that typically become a cohesive working group over the duration of their studies. Additionally, School Counseling students benefit importantly by taking approximately half of their coursework with graduate students in allied professional areas of counseling.
Finally, Northeastern University and the Boston area, generally, are among the most enriched and pleasant environments in which to study, live, and work, as evidenced by the large number and diverse composition of students from all sectors of the nation and world who come to this area.