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Lynch School of Education

School Counseling

counseling, developmental, and educational psychology

The School Counseling program track is a 48-credit hour program that meets current requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Education for initial licensure as an elementary or secondary school counselor.

Curriculum:
School Counseling students complete academic and pre-practicum course work and skills training during the first year, with practicum and remaining courses completed in the second year. Students may take summer offerings from the program to assist in the completion of their degrees.

In cases where individuals background in behavioral and social sciences is limited, additional course work may be required. Courses in developmental, personality, social, and quantitative psychology are particularly good foundation courses.

Program Goals and Objectives:

GOAL 1:
To provide foundational training in, and foser identification with, the field of psychology generally, and counseling and school counseling, specifically. 

Objectives:

1.1: Students will gain broad and general knowledge pertinent to the foundations of the fields of psychology and school counseling.

1.2: Students will gain knowledge of the development and contemporary identity of school counseling.

1.3: Students will understand the attitudes and values consistent with engagement in life-long learning in school counseling.

GOAL 2:
To train students to become competent as practitioners, and knowledgeable of the ways in which science influences practice and how practice can inform scientific investigation.  

Objectives:

2.1: Students will gain a theoretical and practical knowledge base as well as the skill and strategies needed to engage competently in professional practice, including: clinical assessment, intervention, college and career counseling, partnerships with families and communities, supervision, and consultation.

2.2: Students will know how to apply ethical and legal standards to professional practice.

GOAL 3:
To train students to promote social justice in their professional work.

Objectives:

3.1: Students will learn the theoretical foundations of social justice-oriented school counseling.

3.2: Students will gain knowledge of how systemic/contextual factors, including power and privilege, impact assessment, intervention, and wellbeing.

3.3: Students will learn about and implement values and ethical practices that affirm individual and cultural differences for clients, colleagues, and communities. 

Program of Study:
Please visit the Program of Study page to download the course requirements for the School Counseling program.

Transfer of Credit and Waiving Courses
A maximum of six graduate credits not applied to a previous degree may be transferred from another institution. All transfers of credit from other institutions must be approved by the advisor, department chair, and associate dean.

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