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Master of Education in School Counseling

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Graduate Studies Program in School Counseling 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.

Graduates of the School Counseling path must complete an exit portfolio and pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor assessment to become eligible for state certification. For information regarding this assessment please click here​. 

School Counseling Program Handbook​​​​​​

Handbook for Supervising Counselors and Interns

The program consists of 3 components: 1) a common core sequence, 2) a track-specific specialization, and 3) a field component:

Core: Consists of a set of 7 counseling theory courses.  These courses will build the foundational knowledge that program graduates should possess.

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. Students do their field work in PK-12 schools. 

​Application Deadlines *

Start TermApplication Deadline
Summer I or II​March 1
​Fall​​​July 1
​Spring​ ​​November 1

​​​​*Note that students can take up to 2 courses while their application is under review.​​

Admission Requirements

A 2.75 undergraduate gpa is required for conditional admission to the program.  A 3.0 or higher undergraduate gpa is required for full admission.  A conditional admission indicates that the student will be required to meet additional academic criteria during their initial coursework to gain full admission.

Please click this link  for additional admission information.

Program Requirements

All master's degree program requirements must be completed within 5 years of a student's initial semester of coursework.  Full-time students normally complete the program in 2 years, while part-time students normally complete the program in 3 years.

Students must earn a 3.0 or higher cumulative gpa at the completion of their program to be eligible for the degree.

Students must additionally complete a portfolio review to complete the program and pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor assessment to be eligible for RI PK-12 school counselor certification.​

*Fulfillment of state certification requirements is the responsibility of the graduate student.​


Program Courses    total credits: 42 (14 3-credit courses)

​Core Courses: 

EDU 501: Fundamentals of Research

​​EDU 538: Developmental & Cross Cultural Theories
EDU 541: Theories of Counseling
EDU 542: Career Information
​EDU 546: Group Counseling
EDU 558: Ethical and Legal Issues
EDU 562: Assessment, Measurement & Data
​Specialization: ​EDU 540: Principles of Guidance and Counseling

EDU 645: Families in Crisis

​EDU 829: Designing & Implementing a Counseling Program

​Field Component: ​EDU 544: Counseling Pre-Practicum
EDU 548: Counseling Practicum
​EDU 561: Counseling Internship I
EDU 568: Counseling Internship II