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School Councelling, M.A.

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Worcester, MA, United States| Online
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 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: 

  • 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.

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.

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) 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

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).

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

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    691 USD/credit
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    691 USD/credit
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 1100 - 1620 USD/month
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