Master of Education in Counseling
The Graduate Studies Program in Counselor
Education prepares its students to enter the counseling field through one of three pathways: School Counseling, Higher Education Counseling,
or Agency Counseling.
The School Counseling pathway prepares its
students to become members of school guidance departments. The program examines
the field of counseling from the three-fold aspect of theory, analysis, and
application and follows the CACREP Standards.
Students completing this pathway will be eligible for Rhode Island
certification as a PK-12 School Counselor.*
The Higher Education Counseling pathway
prepares its students to move into positions in higher education institutions
that require strong counseling skills, such as academic advising, admissions,
athletics, residential life, career counseling, etc.
The Agency Counseling pathway prepares its
students to move into counseling positions in non-profit, governmental, or
private counseling agencies. Students in
this pathway often continue on to a CAGS program to become eligible for state
licensure as a mental health counselor.
Each of the three
pathways follows the same basic structure consisting of 3 components: 1) a
common core sequence, 2) a track-specific specialization, and 3) a field
Core: Consists of a common set of 7 counseling
theory courses. These courses will build
the common foundational knowledge that all program graduates should possess,
and upon which students can then specialize based on their career
Specialization: Consists of 3 courses that focus on the knowledge
and skills pertinent to that particular specialization.
Field: Consists of a set of 4 field-related
practitioner courses. The difference among
the three pathways lies in where the field work is conducted. Students
in the School path do their field work in PK-12 schools. Students in the Higher
Education path do their field work on college campuses. Students in the Agency path do their field
work in non-profits, government agencies, or private practices.
* Please note that graduates of the School
Counseling path must complete and exit portfolio and pass the Praxis
Professional School Counselor assessment to become eligible for state
certification. For information
regarding this assessment please click here.
All requirements for the master's degree must be
completed within a period of five calendar years from the point of admission.
To receive the degree, a student is required to maintain a "B"
average in all work.
Counseling Program Book
*Fulfillment of state certification requirements is the responsibility of the graduate student.
Pathway: School Higher Education Agency
Core Courses: EDU
501 EDU 501 EDU 501
538 EDU 538 EDU 538
541 EDU 541 EDU 541
542 EDU 542 EDU 542
546 EDU 546 EDU 546
558 EDU 558 EDU 558
562 EDU 562 EDU 562
540 EDU 539 or 573 EDU 539 or 551
645 EDU 551 EDU 573
829 EDU 633 or 645 EDU 633 or 645
Field Component: EDU 544 EDU
544 EDU 544
548 EDU 548 EDU 548
561 EDU 561 EDU 561
568 EDU 568 EDU 568
College Graduate Studies Program in Counselor Education is also offered in
Newport, Rhode Island and is open to the general public. Classes usually
meet one night a week at the Newport Naval Base. Please contact Dr. Jay
Anderson, Program Director, at 508-336-5529 for information regarding this