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The 60-credit Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. The degree includes a core curriculum and specialization courses. The curriculum covers school counseling practice and research, in addition to necessary coursework in human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program development, and professional orientation. Practicum and internship experiences provide unique, varied, and intense hands-on school counseling training experiences that meet state certification requirements.

The degree satisfies New York State educational requirements for both provisional/permanent and initial/professional certification in school counseling, with SUNY New Paltz recommending graduates for certification. Detailed information on the certification of school counselors in New York is available from the State Education Department (SED) at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert. The degree can be completed full-time in two years, including summer classes. Students may attend part-time, but all degree requirements must be completed within five years after admission to degree candidacy.

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Admission Requirements 

The Counseling Graduate Programs’ Admissions Committee reviews applications. Please prepare the following items for inclusion in the online application process:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate work or strong evidence of recent academic achievement.
  • Successful completion of 9 undergraduate credits in the social sciences, including courses in inferential statistics and research methods.
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General test), preferably a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300.
  • One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.
  • International students must meet these additional requirements for admission:  http://www.newpaltz.edu/graduate/students/international/ 
  • Please send OFFICIAL transcripts and GRE score reports to:

    The Office of Graduate & Extended Learning, OM 127
    SUNY New Paltz
    800 Hawk Drive
    New Paltz, New York 12561-2442 

Application Deadline

The M.S. in School Counseling degree only admits students for the fall semester. Application review begins February 1 and continues until the class is filled.

The 60-credit Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. 

Curriculum Requirements

Counseling Foundations (15 Credits)
COU510Counseling Theories3
COU515Counseling Skills3
COU520Career Development, Counseling, and Assessment3
COU525Multicultural Counseling3
COU575Human Growth and Development3
Professional Identity and Training (6 Credits)
COU501Ethics and Professional Identity in Counseling3
COU505Professional Roles in Counseling3
Professional Practice (15 Credits)
COU545Group Dynamics and Counseling3
COU550Couple and Family Counseling3
COU565Disaster Counseling and Crisis Intervention3
COU570Substance Use and Addictions Counseling3
SPE565Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Measurement and Diagnosis (9 Credits)
COU610Research Methods and Program Evaluation3
Specialization (3 Credits)
COU585Contemporary Issues in Counseling This course is repeatable for credit.3
Elective (3 Credits)
Select one course from the list below:3
Evidence-Based Assessment & Treatment of Traumatic Stress
Assessment and Interventions with Children, Adolescents, and Families
Assisting Veterans and First Responders
Grief, Loss and Bereavement
Contemporary Issues in Counseling This course is repeatable for credit.
Conflict Resolution in Education
Issues of Racism and Sexism in Education
Social-Emotional Learning for Social Justice
Working with Families of Students with Disabilities
Collaboration Strategies for Educators
Practicum and Internship (9 Credits)
COU535Practicum in School Counseling3
COU781Internship in School Counseling 13
COU782Internship in School Counseling 23
Mandated Trainings (0 Credits)
Child Abuse ID/Reporting
School Violence
Total Credits60

Academic Good Standing, Transfer Credits, and Degree Deadline

  • Students must maintain an average grade of B in graduate-level courses.
  • The Counseling Graduate Program may accept up to nine credits of graduate work taken elsewhere in which a grade of B or better was earned.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within five years after admission to degree candidacy.


Teaching assistantships are available to selected students each year. Current stipends are $5,000 per year plus a six-credit tuition scholarship per semester. Assistantship duties involve assisting in faculty teaching. Inquiries should be addressed to the Director of the Counseling Graduate Program. Other financial support is available to selected students each year in positions such as: Assistant in the Office of Psychology and Counseling Graduate Programs, Academic Advisor to undergraduate psychology students, Graduate Intern at the Career Advising and Development Center, and Technical Assistant at the Disability Resource Center. For further information, contact the Office for Psychology and Counseling Graduate Programs.