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School Counseling (MS)

School Counseling (MS)

This program is phasing out and is no longer accepting applicants.

The Master in School Counseling program is an unusually fulfilling profession in that it offers the opportunity to assist students at the elementary, middle, or secondary school levels with personal, interpersonal, academic and career development opportunities both in their current and later lives.

Program Overview

Our program constitutes an excellent career for those wishing to work closely with students, parents and fellow school personnel.

As a school counselor you will:

  • Help students assess their abilities, personal, intellectual and social
  • Teach decision making in facing life’s challenges
  • Promote the process of career exploration and goal setting
  • Educate students in social skills
  • Plan educational programs
  • Provide personal counseling for students
  • Participate in crisis interventions
  • Work with fellow school colleagues
  • Consult with parents
Contact Information

William Quill, Ph.D.
Program Director
422 Int’l Village
Tel: 617.373.5157
Fax: 617.373.8892
w.quill@neu.edu

Curriculum

The School Counseling Program is made up of the following list of courses, which may be pursued on a full or part-time basis. The typical length of the program is two years, full-time, and includes the courses listed below:

Schedule

  • Fall Semester

    • CAEP 6200: Introduction to Counseling Theory and Practice in an Ecological Context
    • CAEP 6201: Introduction to Assessment
    • CAEP 6218: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development
    • CAEP 6287: Group Counseling
  • Spring Semester

    • CAEP 6235: Vocational, Educational, and Career Development
    • CAEP 6275: Counseling Strategies for Children and Adolescents
    • CAEP 6340: Issues in School Counseling
    • CAEP 6345: Learning Problems: Educational, Biological, and Ecological Perspectives
  • Fall Semester

    • CAEP 6203: Understanding Culture and Diversity
    • CAEP 8410: Practicum in School Counseling I (Includes 75 hours pre-practicum)
  • Spring Semester

    • CAEP 6202: Research, Evaluation, and Data Analysis
    • CAEP 8411: Practicum in School Counseling II

    Total of 36 semester hours of credit

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Personal statement of goals and expectations
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • GRE or MAT
  • TOEFL or IELTS (International Students)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview with faculty

The program faculty reviews your credentials to assess the likelihood of your successful completion of the program and your potential for contribution to the field of college student development and the community at large.

Students are accepted into the program based on undergraduate grades and GRE or MAT scores, which are reviewed by the program director. Applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not english must also take the TOEFL or IELTS.

Other Information

Practicum

Practicum sites are in schools in the greater Boston area. Students complete their practicum during the second year in the program (September thru June). Most students complete their field experience in a public or private school. However, it is possible to be placed in special schools such as those catering to GED and evening students, handicapped or special needs students and students of a particular ethnic group. The practicum experience gives students the opportunity to utilize unique personal skills such as a foreign language, or artistic capabilities. Students may request placement in virtually any type of school, as long as the school has a qualified supervisor.

Assistantships

The practicum in a school setting is a critical part of our training. The year-long practicum of 525 hours, for approximately 20 hours per week in a school setting; focuses either on grades K-9 or 5-12 under the supervision of a certified school counselor and a University faculty member. The first seventy-five hours (five weeks of the second year fall semester) is a “pre-practicum” during which the student will observe a school counselor at work. With additional experience in the practicum setting, the student will take on increasing responsibilities which consists of assisting clients.

Placement Contracts

Graduates:

If you are scheduled to attend your practicum, internship or advanced fieldwork this coming academic year, a “request for contract,” must be submitted to our department. The University requires a signed contract between the placement site and the University. You are not responsible for the signing or generating of the contract as there is a procedure already in place; however, we cannot generate a contract unless there is a request for one. Please use the link below to submit your request. Please allow up to 2 weeks to process your request.

DO NOT DISREGARD this message. Be advised, without a contract, legally you cannot start your fieldwork.

You may follow up on your request with Monique Clarke at (617) 373 -2485 or m.clarke@neu.edu.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Request a Contract

Experiential Learning

Your practicum placement in a school setting is a critical part of your master’s training. The year-long practicum of 525 hours, for approximately 20 hours per week in a school setting, focuses on either grades K-8 or 5-12 under the supervision of a fully certified school counselor and a Northeastern University faculty member. The first seventy-five hours (five weeks of the second year fall semester) is a “pre-practicum” during which students will observe a school counselor at work. With additional experience in a practicum setting, students will take on increasing responsibilities and develop their own case load of clients under supervision.

Practicum is done in the Boston area, beginning in September of the second year of study and continuing to June of that year. Most of our students choose to do their fieldwork in a regular public school setting. Practicum work, however, is possible in private or specialized schools such as those catering to the needs of handicapped or special needs students, or students of a particular ethnic group, as long as the school has a qualified supervisor.

As a school counselor, you will:

  • Help students assess their abilities, likes, dislikes, and distinctive personal qualities.
  • Teach decision-making and life planning.
  • Promote the process of goal setting and career exploration.
  • Educate students in social skills.
  • Plan educational programs.
  • Motivate students toward problem resolution.
  • Participate in crisis interventions.
  • Work with fellow school colleagues.
  • Consult with parents.

As a graduate of Northeastern’s program, your competencies will include:

  • Individual and group counseling theory and practice.
  • Psychological assessment.
  • Providing vocational, career, and educational counseling.
  • Promoting student interests, abilities and responsibilities.
  • Working with diverse groups of people.
  • Working with special needs populations.
  • Providing parent and staff consultation.
  • Knowledge about professional affairs.
  • Promoting human development.

For further information about the School Counseling Program, please call Dr. William G. Quill, Program Director at 1-617-373-5157 or Northeastern Graduate School Admissions at 1-617-373-2708.

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