M.S. in Education degree program: school counseling
HEGIS code 0826.01
NYS SED program code 01846

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The school counseling program prepares prospective school counselors to work with ethnically and racially diverse populations in New York City public and private schools. Working from a holistic approach, candidates are encouraged to develop the necessary skills for engaging all members of the educational community-parents, administrators, teachers, students, and community organizations-in the process of making schools more responsive, equitable, and caring environments that foster life-long learning and growth. Internships and supervised field experiences are an integral part of our course of study.
The program includes two levels of study: the master of science in education provides graduates with New York State initial certification as school counselors; the advanced certificate in school counseling qualifies candidates with New York State professional certification. A 12-credit specialization in bilingual school counseling is also offered.
Graduates of our program are sought after by public and private schools where they counsel students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
All classes in the School Counseling Program are face-to-face. There are no fully-online courses. Instruction methods vary per instructor, but generally consist of lectures, discussions, application exercises, experiential methods and exercises, presentations, supervision, fieldwork, Blackboard assisted instruction, and audiovisual and web resources, among other.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Scharron-del Rio, Maria Program Coordinator 718.951.5876 1107 James Hall mariars @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department School Psychology, Counseling & Leadership
Fall Application Deadline March 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: 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), two letters of recommendation (including at least one letter from a professor with whom you have studied), resume, and 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). 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.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61


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
Forty-eight credits are required for the degree. Fifty-seven credits are required for the degree with a specialization in bilingual school counseling.

Students must complete 48 credits in the following courses: SPCL 7801X, 7800X, 7806T, 7802T, 7804X, 7803T, 7810T, 7807T, 7808T, 7809T, 7922T, 7811T, 7813X, 7812T, 7814T, 7815T.

Students in the bilingual specialization take the following additional courses: SPCL 7823; 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. passing score on the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA), if language is available.

Full-time students take four courses each semester, and part-time students take two-to-three courses each semester.

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.