24 months
20756 USD/year
20756 USD/year
8058 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The M. S. School Counseling program at Southern Connecticut State University is accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is the premier independent accrediting body in counselor education. A comprehensive exam is required.


The School Counseling program from Southern Connecticut State University is designed to meet the State of Connecticut Certification (068) as a K-12 School Counselor. The School Counseling program (60 credit hours) prepares graduate students to work in a variety of school settings including elementary, intermediate, middle, and high school levels. 

Students are trained to provide preventive and responsive counseling services that meet the guidelines of the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) National Model, as well as the Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Framework (CCSCF).

 The ASCA Model and CCSCF prepare graduate students to focus their work on the academic, career and social-emotional domains of student development and to design, implement, coordinate, and evaluate school counseling programs for optimum overall student success.

Graduates with School Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University will be able to:

  • Understand multiple professional roles and functions of counselors across specialty areas and the role of the professional counselor advocating on behalf of the profession
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards of professional counseling organizations and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling
  • Explain theories and models of counseling, as well as a systems approach to conceptualizing clients and theories, models and strategies for understanding and practicing consultation
  • Apply theories of individual and family development across the lifespan and the systemic and environmental factors that affect human development, functioning and behavior
  • Evidence familiarity with and sensitivity to multicultural and characteristics within and among diverse groups, nationally and internationally as well as theories and models of multicultural counseling, cultural identity development, and social justice and advocacy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical foundations of group counseling and group work, dynamics associated with group process and development as well as therapeutic factors and how they contribute to group effectiveness
  • Exhibit an understanding of theories and models of career development, counseling and decision making as well as strategies for career development program planning, organization, implementation administration and evaluation
  • Integrate the use of assessments for diagnostic and intervention planning purposes, as well as ethnical and culturally relevant strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment and test results

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developmental Psychopathology in Schools 
  • School-Based Substance Abuse  Prevention & Intervention
  • Counseling Skills and Techniques 
  • Experimental Group Dynamics 
  • Counseling and Life Span Development 
  • Theories of Counseling 
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling Services 
  • Career Counseling 
  • Equity-Based College and Career Readiness Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Diversity 
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools 
  • Group Counseling 
  • Curriculum and Classroom Management for School Counselors

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academic background: Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. GPA Waivers are possible under certain circumstances.

  • Connecticut State Department of Education's special education requirement: This requirement is a course that is offered at many colleges and universities in Connecticut (at SCSU it is SED 481 or 482 or 502). A list of those courses is available at the CT State Department of Education's Website. You may apply even though you have not completed this final course requirement. Many students opt to take this course in the summer prior to beginning their school counseling program. It is possible for students to complete this prerequisite after acceptance. 

  • Recommender Contacts: contact information for at least three individuals who know the candidate in a professional and/or academic setting. 

  • Admission Essay: A 500-word essay describing the basis of their interest in the School Counseling program at SCSU.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10378 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    20756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10378 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8058 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4029 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for New Haven

1380 - 2110 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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