Advanced certificate program in school counseling
HEGIS code 0826.00
NYS SED program code 01890

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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 advanced certificate in school counseling qualifies candidates for New York State professional certification. A 12-credit specialization in bilingual school counseling is also offered. Graduates of our program are eligible for employment in public and private schools where they counsel students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

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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:
Only degree-seeking applications with a master's degree in school counseling are accepted.

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume.

4. A brief biographical statement of 750 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

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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, and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer at
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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.

Advanced certificate requirements
Twelve credits beyond the master's degree are required for the advanced certificate.

Students must complete the following courses: SPCL 7816T, 7818T, 7820T, and 7823T.

A student whose master's degree represents fewer than 48 credits or whose master's degree lacks adequate internship or fieldwork preparation may be required to take SPCL 7807T and 7811T in order to be matriculated into the advanced certificate program.