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Master of Arts
School Counseling or Bilingual School Counseling

School counselors are critical resources for children and their families, helping students achieve their goals. In this master’s degree – 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, colleges, and community agencies.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling, Grades Pre-K–12

Professional Licensure or Certification
Full-time or Part-time
Start Date
Application Deadline
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This degree offers an online option.


Graduates of this degree are eligible for New York State certification as guidance counselors, and are prepared to take the examination to become a national certified counselor.

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

  • 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

If you choose the bilingual concentration, you will also be prepared to identify issues relevant to student populations for whom English is a second language, and apply appropriate resolutions.

This program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for 2015 through 2025. Learn more about our MPCAC accreditation and our licensure information.

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 LGBT people, women, people with disabilities, and substance abusers.

Prepare for a career as a:

  • School counselor in elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Child advocate in community-based organizations

Graduates of the School Counseling degree 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.

We hold ourselves and our students to the high ethical standards of the industry. Students who matriculate into this program agree to follow the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics while in training. Please also review our program policy on student self-disclosure.