M.S. in School Counseling - Initial/Professional: Specialization in Diversity SC4

This program leads to the following NYS Certifications:
School Counseling Initial
School Counseling Professional

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the SC4 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (0+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Mind/Body Healing and Wellness [MB1] (13 Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 60 credits.

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods
ED429 Theories of Human Development

Specialization Courses   
EDU450 Introduction to School Counseling
EDU457 Counseling Theory and Practice I
EDU460 Counseling Theory & Practice II
EDU454 Career Counseling and Development
EDU453 Counseling and Facilitating in Small Groups
EDU470 Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling
EDE417 Crisis Counseling and Disaster Mental Health
EDU459 Contemporary Issues in School Counseling
EDU465 Assessment and Appraisal

Social Context Courses   

Choose one of the following social context courses:
ED419 Life Course Studies
ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
ED481 School, Family, and Community Relations
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
EDU494 Adult Development and Aging
EDE422 Motivation in Human Development
EDU471 Counselor as Systems Consultant


Choose two of the following Diversity electives:
ED434 Student Affairs Administration: Minority Student Affairs
EDU455 Policy and Practice in Developmental Differences
ED437 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
EDU485 College Access and (In)Equity
EDU439 Interpersonal Systems in Counseling and Human Development
EDU479 Promoting Mental Health in Midlife and Old Age

Choose an additional elective for a total of 9 credits of electives (a selection from the Diversity electives is strongly advised).

EDF450 Practicum in Counseling
EDF451 Supervised Internship in School Counseling I
EDF452 Supervised Internship in School Counseling II

Additional Requirements   
ED425 Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education


For students interested in also pursuing the Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (UT1):
- Choose EDU442-Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education as your “social context course”
- Choose as your 3 credits of electives the sequence EDE446, ED440, ED441, while conducting your Internship in urban settings; the sequence must start with EDE446 in summer A before the beginning of your second year in the program
- School Counseling students ONLY are allowed to substitute EDU470-Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling for ED468-Leadership in Urban Schools
- Contact the UTL Director in advance to be officially accepted into this additional program

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • NYS-approved Workshop on Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse
  • NYS-approved Workshop on School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
    Required for Certification (key items)
  • Finger-print Supported Background Check (to be completed and submitted directly to NYS at the beginning of the program)
  • 2 Years of Regular, Full-time Counseling in a School Setting (NOT a graduation requirements but needed before applying for professional certification)