M.S. in Education degree program: school counseling
HEGIS code 0826.00
NYS SED program code 41479

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Admission Requirements

Department School Psychology, Counseling & Leadership
Fall Application Deadline February 1st
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation (including at least one letter from a professor with whom you have studied)

3. Resume

4. Personal statement of approximately 750 words explaining your reasons for wishing to enter the profession of school counseling (the essay should be self-reflective, make appropriate reference to experience working with children, and demonstrate one's familiarity and compatibility with particular features of the Brooklyn College School Counseling program).


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .

The program is competitive and receives more qualified applicants than there are openings available. Following a review of applications, potential candidates will be invited for a group interview with the program faculty. The interview enables faculty to assess personal characteristics deemed necessary for successful performance in the field of school counseling. During the interview, applicants will be asked to complete a writing sample of 250 words drawn from suggested topics. A satisfactory interview evaluation is a requirement for admission.

Students are admitted to the School Counseling Program with matriculated status only. Students commit to either full-time or part-time status, depending on availability of the openings, and are expected to maintain this status for the duration of their matriculation. Transfer credits are rarely accepted. Applicants who wish to have courses considered for transfer credit must provide course descriptions or syllabuses demonstrating that the courses are directly parallel to offerings required in the Brooklyn College program.

All students accepted in to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Verification is needed if you already have fingerprint records or not. Please read the instructions in the link http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/schools/education/certification/fingerprints.php, and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer at HSpencer@brooklyn.cuny.edu
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Matriculation requirements
Applicants must obtain and file the College admission form, including the supplemental School of Education admission form. Applicants must also submit letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with applicants' professional and academic experience. The program invites selected applicants to participate in a group interview and to complete an on-site writing sample.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants for the bilingual specialization in school counseling are interviewed in the language presented for competency.

Students should note additional requirements found at the beginning of this section as well as in the sections "Admission" and "Academic Regulations and Procedures" of the Brooklyn College Bulletin of Graduate Programs.

Degree requirements
Sixty credits are required for the degree. Sixty-six credits are required for the degree with a specialization in bilingual school counseling.

Students must complete 60 credits in the following courses: SPCL 7801X, 7800X, 7806T, 7802T, 7804X, 7803T, 7810T, 7807T, 7808T, 7809T, 7922T, 7811T, 7813X, 7812T, 7814T, 7815T, 7901X, 7818T, 7823T, 7820X.

Students in the bilingual specialization take the following additional courses: SPCL 7914; CBSE 7350.

Students who have the school counseling M.S. degree from another university and wish to complete the bilingual specialization must take the following courses: SPCL 7922; SPCL 7823; SPCL 7914; CBSE 7350; SPCL 7815.

The sequence of the courses will be determined in consultation with the coordinator of the specialization in bilingual school counseling.

Additional requirements for students in the bilingual specialization:
a. all internships in the program must be conducted in a bilingual setting under the supervision of a bilingual school counselor (who possesses the bilingual extension).
b. Students must pass the language proficiency test administered by the NYS Education Department in a second language to be awarded NYS Bilingual Certification. Applicants can matriculate but cannot be certified as bilingual in NYS if the proficiency test is not available in their second language. In order to determine if the language proficiency test is available in applicant's second language, contact NYSTCE or go to the NYSTCE program website.

Full-time students typically take four courses each semester, and part-time students typically take two-to-three courses each semester. Summer courses may be available.

After a student completes approximately 12 credits, the faculty members review the student's progress and potential and recommend continuation or withdrawal. This evaluation is based on criteria described in the "Program Statement of Expectations" made available to students when they enter the program.

Students will develop a professional portfolio.

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B). A student who earns 6 credits below B- will not be awarded an M.S. in Education in this program.