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


Graduates of the Program

Graduates of the School Counseling Program have been successful in obtaining positions as School Guidance Counselors through the New York City Department of Education and within school systems on Long Island and throughout the tri-state area. In addition, many have obtained positions in agencies that provide services to school-age children. Program requirements meet most state standards.

Career Opportunities
Quick Facts: School and Career Counselors
2012 Median Pay $53,610 per year $25.77 per hour
Entry-level Education Master's Degree  
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None  
On-the-job Training None  
Number of Jobs (2012) 262,300  
Job Outlook (2012-22) 12% (As fast as average)  
Employment Change (2012-22) 31,200  
Alumni Positions

After receiving the Master's degree, our students leave the program to undertake counseling positions in New York schools of all levels: elementary, middle, and high. 


  • Edsel Batucan: Bronx Lab School (Bronx, New York)
  • Sarah Bernstein: Fusion Academy (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Beth DeMaria: Grace Church School (Manhattan, New York)
  • Cindy Hsiung: PS 94 Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Frances Infante: Bronx Writing Academy  (Bronx, New York)
  • Gage Kearns: Brooklyn Prep High School (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Nataliya Kisina: Nest + M (Manhattan, New York)
  • Jennifer Parson: Empower Charter School (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Eleonora Raaviglione: Highbridge Green Middle School (Bronx, New York)
  • Yliane Ulloa: MS 217 (Queens, New York)
  • Colin Wiseman: Bard High School (Brooklyn, New York)


  • Alika Baptiste: Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Janelle Barragan:High School for Energy and Technology (Bronx, New York)
  • Jennifer Cuervo: New Heights Middle School (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Charmaine Mack: Hyde Leadership Charter School (Bronx, New York)
  • Sade Ortiz: Renaissance Charter School (Queens, New York) 
  • Hillary Goldstein: Renaissance Charter School (Queens, New York)
  • Katie Plifka: Alternate Learning Center @ Boys Club ( Manhattan, New York)


  • Giovanni Anchundia:Food and Finance High School (Manhattan, New York)


  • Eddie Barba: Lab School for Finance (Bronx, New York)
Alumni Profiles

Grace Tully
Counseling and Guidance Advanced Certificate Program
College Preparation Associate at Jacob A Riis Settlement House
Long Island, New York, United States
LinkedIn Profile

“I chose Steinhardt because of the small cohort size they offered to prospective students, and the background of the faculty.”

Please tell us about your job. What do you do in a typical work day?

I administer college preparatory workshops to at-risk middle and high school students and provide college counseling to high school students. I work out of two different after-school programs in Long Island City. Long term, I plan the college prep curriculum, schedule college tours, outreach to parents, and organize a main college/career fair.

What was your school and work experience prior to your MA program at Steinhardt?

I obtained my Bachelor's in Psychology at SUNY Purchase College, and my coursework at Purchase College was heavily based in research Psychology which did interest me, but the counseling field influenced me more than psychological research.

What do you enjoy most about your job? made you choose Steinhardt's HDSI Master's program?

Most of all, I enjoy the hands-on counseling responsibilities that I have at my job. Seeing my students everyday reminds me of why I chose this direct line of work. Creating a college prep curriculum from scratch is also an amazing experience and valuable responsibility that I will be able to have for the rest of my career.

How do your feel your experience at Steinhardt prepared you for your current role?

The activities and theories that I have been exposed to throughout my coursework at NYU have aided in the development of my curriculum. The long term projects that NYU allowed me to develop were also very helpful resources in creating my curriculum and activities. My internship was one of the most helpful resources I participated in. The internship I completed gave me access to college counseling, at-risk counseling, and general academic counseling.

Elena Myers
Counseling and Guidance Advanced Certificate Program
Guidance Counselor, Brooklyn Jesuit Preparatory School
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York

“I loved Steinhardt’s overall program, variety of classes, and the support we received from staff—especially in finding an internship.”

What does your typical work day look like?

BJP is a private, Catholic school for low-income families. We have 79 students in the entire school. I counsel all students in grades 6th-8th on social, emotional, and academic issues. I also run the high school admissions process, assisting 8th grade students apply and prepare for admissions into high school. Every day in a middle school is different, but in a typical day I will meet with students who are on my regular caseload, attend grade level meetings, hold meetings with parents, help 8th graders with the HS application process, teach HS prep classes to the 7th grade, and assist with any other issues that come up throughout the day. I also teach dance and performing arts, which is a fun way to change things up!

What made you choose Steinhardt's School Counseling Master's program?

I entered college knowing I wanted to pursue a career in the psychology field, and throughout college I explored a number of different settings. At one point I was on the teaching track, but after a semester of student teaching I realized I loved working with students and in a school, but that I really valued the one-to-one social emotional aspect. After that I decided to apply to Steinhardt's graduate program for School Counseling.

What do you enjoy most about your job? What are some of the challenges you face in your current role?

I love that no two days are the same—I am always facing new obstacles and situations that challenge me to grow and learn. Of course working with students is a lot of fun, but I also enjoy being able to work with teachers, administrators, parents, and outside organizations. One challenge I face in my current role is the amount of work that I, and all of my coworkers, put in every day. We are a low-budget school, so everyone is working very hard to make the school run. Although at times draining, it is very rewarding work and I am grateful to be working in a very positive and supportive environment.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

NYU opens up a lot of doors and a great network of opportunity. The program is small enough where you can get the support and guidance that you need from your professors and advisers, and you also become very close with your classmates. You are valued as a member of your cohort, and are encouraged to pursue your dreams even in the middle of a hiring freeze!

I got my job because a woman I was interning with had heard about this position, which at the time was only 3 days/week. Even though I was looking for a full time job, I still applied and during the interview process the position grew into a full time job. My biggest piece of advice for current graduate students—don’t turn away any opportunity that is presented to you. You never know what it will lead to, and the more open minded you are the more doors will be opened.

How do you feel your experience at Steinhardt prepared you for your current role?

I feel what prepared me the most for my current role was my internship. Without the help from Corinne, who matched me to a wonderful internship site, I would not have ended up at this job.