School Councelling

Assumption College

705 USD/credit
705 USD/credit
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The MA in School Councelling at Assumption College prepares students to become School Counselors licensed as either Guidance Counselors (Pre K-Grade 8 or Grades 5-12) or School Social Workers/Adjustment Counselors (All Levels). The role of the school counselor is dynamic as it provides critical support to students, parents, administrators, teachers, staff and community service providers. 


The MA in School Councelling at Assumption College trains the future counselor to work with children and adolescents across academic, career, and social-emotional domains. Students learn to collaborate with all stakeholders to support academic and social success and to apply evidenced-based practice for comprehensive school counseling programs. Students are prepared to engage in prevention and intervention planning as well as program evaluation to meet individual student and school-level needs expected as a school counselor.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approved Assumption College’s graduate program in School Counseling to issue endorsement for the Initial License as a school guidance counselor (Pre-8 or 5-12) and the Initial License for School Worker/Adjustment Counselor (All Levels). 

Students who complete the approved program are also eligible for licensure reciprocity with states that are members of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract. Consistent with the National Board Certified School Counselor standards, students will complete a rigorous counselor training program that includes a supervised clinical practicum experience in a public elementary and/or secondary school. Completion of the program will deem students eligible for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) should they wish to pursue this credential.. 

The graduate program in School Counseling at Assumption College includes the following features: 

  • A strengths-based curriculum that emphasizes culturally responsive, evidence-based counseling interventions with a focus on educational policy, leadership, child advocacy, and social justice
  • A collaborative learning environment that facilitates interaction and teamwork thus preparing students for success in school systems where being a team player is a critical characteristic for effectiveness 
  • Faculty with experience in the school setting providing effective counseling and intervention to meet the needs of a diverse student population
  • Class schedules with flexibility to accommodate the schedules of those students who wish to pursue the program full- or part-time (face-to-face, online, hybrid class options)
  • Small class sizes that encourage greater interaction with faculty and other graduate students
  • Pre-practicum and practicum placements in urban and suburban school settings exclusively in Massachusetts
  • Rigorous, current curriculum that addresses national and state models/standards
  • Access to current and cutting-edge workshops geared toward professional development of School Counselors, Adjustment Counselors, Social Workers and other counseling professionals through the Institute for School Counseling and School Psychology
  • An approved program by the Massachusetts Department of Education to license school guidance counselors (Initial Licensure Pre K–8 or 5-12) and School Social Workers/Adjustment Counselors (Initial Licensure All Levels)
  • Competitive tuition rates

The Master of Arts in School Counseling program is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills and competencies essential for effective school counselors.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Professional Orientation to Counseling 
  • Counseling Theories, Principles, and Practices 
  • Psychology of Learning and Motivation 
  • Group Counseling and Leadership 
  • Human GroMh and Development Through the Lifespan 
  • Psychological and Educational Assessment 
  • Fundamentals of School Counseling 
  • Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 
  • Multicultural Family Counseling and Collaboration 
  • Consultation and Collaboration: School/Home/Family 
  • Introduction to Research and Program Evaluation 
  • Vocational, Career, and College Counseling (5-12) 
  • Neuropsychology of Learning and Behavior 
  • Intervention Strategies: Social and Emotional 
  • Intervention Strategies: Academic and Learning 
  • Developmental Psychopathology 
  • Clinical Practicum & Seminar: School Counselor, Guidance PreK-8 and (5-12) 
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum & Seminar: School Counselor, Guidance PreK-8 and (5-12) 

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Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Fall (August start): Rolling (Masters – part-time only)
  • Spring (January start): Rolling (C.A.G.S. only)
  • Summer: Rolling




60 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (any undergraduate major)
  • Have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • NOTE: The MTEL exam is not required for admission into the School Counseling program, however matriculated students must pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam prior to enrollment in the practicum.
General requirements
  • Completed Application Dated & Signed
  • $30 Application Fee (waived for AC Alumni) 
  • Three (3) Professional Recommendations
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Certification of Finances 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    705 USD/credit
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  • National

    705 USD/credit
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School Councelling
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