The master’s programs in counseling offer graduate education in counseling preparation. The 48-credit Master's in Counseling prepares students to become New York State Certified school counselors in urban and suburban school settings. The 60- credit Masters in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to become New York State licensed Mental Health counselors in public and private agencies.
The Master of Science in Counseling offers two certifications within the degree program. Successful completion of the School Counselor Program leads to recommendation to the New York State Education Department for provisional certification as a school counselor. Students completing the Bilingual School Counselor Program will be recommended for provisional certification as a school counselor and also for a bilingual extension to the certificate.
The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is a licensure-qualifying program. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to seek initial employment towards meeting the 3,000-hour externship required for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State. According to the state laws regulating mental health counseling licensure, graduates will have up to two years to meet the 3,000 hours of experience and pass a licensing examination to complete the licensure requirements.
Note: While all but two courses (CNSL 655 – Counseling and Applications II and CNSL 660 – Practicum in Group Work) may be completed as distance learning courses for the School Counseling program, New York State will not permit more than 27 credits of distance learning courses to be counted toward the 60-credit Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. New York State also requires students pursuing a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling to take the following courses in a traditional classroom environment: CNSL 650, CNSL 655 and CNSL 660.