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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.

The M.A. in School Counseling is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of March, 2017 through March, 2021.

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 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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In line with accreditation standards and with our program mission, the following are the expected student learning outcomes upon completion of the program.

  • To demonstrate foundational training in, and foster identification with, the field of psychology generally, and counseling and school counseling, specifically
  • 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
  • To train students to promote social justice in their professional work