MA in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling, Pre-K-12, On-Campus Program

MA in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling, Pre-K-12

Make a Difference in the Lives of Children and Families 

School counselors are critical resources for children and their families, helping students achieve their goals. In this master’s program – which offers an option to focus on bilingual student populations – you’ll get the education and clinical training to become a professional pre-K-12 school counselor, working in public and private schools.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State certification as a school counselor for grades pre-K-12. A dual-degree option with a post-master's advanced certificate in LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services is also available. 

This is the on-campus degree option. You can also earn this degree online.  

Mission Statement

The Counseling and Guidance program is committed to generating, advancing, and disseminating knowledge related to all aspects of research and practice in counseling. The principles informing our work include understanding people across the lifespan in cultural contexts, promotion of equity and social justice in our work, and helping all people craft lives of wellness, health, and meaning.

The MA in Counseling and Guidance is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of January 2015 through January 2025.

What you'll learn

The Counseling and Guidance program is committed to generating, advancing, and disseminating knowledge related to all aspects of research and practice in counseling.  The principles informing our work including understanding people across the lifespan in cultural contexts, promotion of equity and social justice in our work, and helping all people craft lives of wellness, health, and meaning. 

Our faculty members are leaders in the field. You will work closely with them to learn how to:

  • Apply developmentally sensitive counseling techniques specific to school-age children and their families in assessment, case conceptualization, intervention, and advocacy
  • Form helping relationships with Pre-K-12 children and youth, teachers, and parents, adapting your work to your students’ growth and development
  • Assess students in socio-historical contexts with attention to issues of power and privilege – including gender, race and ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation
  • Create and deliver a data-driven school counseling program that supports every student’s academic, career, and personal and social development
  • In the Bilingual School Counseling concentration, you will identify issues relevant to student populations for whom English is a second language, and apply appropriate resolutions

See the curriculum and degree requirements for this master's program.

See the curriculum and degree requirements for the Bilingual School Counseling concentration.  

How you'll learn

A Comprehensive Curriculum
This MA program combines core courses and electives with counseling labs and fieldwork. You’ll study the foundations of school counseling, counseling theory and process, group dynamics, cross-cultural counseling, and program development and evaluation, and apply hands-on learning through internship placements in New York City schools. Elective courses focus on applied content areas such as bereavement counseling, art therapy, and marriage and family counseling; as well as on special populations, including counseling LGBT people, women, people with disabilities, and substance abusers. 

Counseling Labs
As part of your graduate study, you’ll complete two counseling labs in Individual Counseling Practice, sharpening your counseling skills, self-awareness, and insights. Based on the Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) training program, these labs are a valuable opportunity to develop expertise in communication in the counseling process. Learn more about counseling labs.

Internship Experience
You’ll complete a yearlong, 600-hour internship at a New York City school, where you’ll develop, refine and practice your counseling skills under the supervision of a certified school counselor, working with students in individual, group, and classroom settings. Bilingual School Counseling students must complete their internship in a bilingual setting, under the supervision of a state-certified bilingual school counselor. Learn more about internships.

Prepare for a career as a
  • School counselor in elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Child advocate in community-based organizations

Find out more about what you can do with this degree

Program policies 
For more information about this MA program, please contact
Graduate Adviser Email  Appointments
Erika Jackson erika.jackson@nyu.edu Schedule an appointment