The School Councelling Program 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:
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.
Theory, research, and practice are integrated in a sequential program designed to meet the challenges of providing comprehensive counseling programs in contemporary elementary, middle, and high school settings. The curriculum includes a strong counseling core with an emphasis on theory, research based prevention, intervention strategies, and outcomes based models. Specific competencies needed for counselors in the school setting including: problem solving, consultation and collaboration skills, knowledge of evidence based prevention, and intervention strategies are emphasized. Diversity, disabilities, multicultural, and school reform issues are central to implementation of national and state developmental counseling curriculum models and are imbedded in coursework and practicum experiences.
Coursework is complimented by a pre-practicum experience, supervised counseling practice in the classroom and a practicum enabling students to develop, refine, and evaluate their counseling skills within a school setting.
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Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
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