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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.

The program consists of 3 components:

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

Consists of 3 courses that focus on the knowledge and skills pertinent to that particular specialization.

Consists of a set of 4 field-related practitioner courses. Students do their field work in PK-12 schools.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $55.00
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
    both from school administrators/supervisors (educators)
    both from undergraduate professors (non-educators)
  • Personal statement
  • Personal interview/role playing session with the admissions committee

Application Deadlines*
March 1
July 1
November 1
*Students can take up to 2 courses while their application is under review.

Start Term
Summer I or II

A 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA is required for full admission. 

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.

For more information about program requirements, please refer to the PROGRAM HANDBOOK and COUNSELING INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK.

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

Program Courses  

Total credits: 42 (14 3-credit courses)

EDU 501: Fundamentals of Research ​​
​EDU 538: Developmental & Cross Cultural Theories ​
EDU 540: Principles of Guidance and Counseling​ ​ ​
​EDU 541: Theories of Counseling​ ​
​EDU 542: Career Information​ ​ ​​
EDU 546: Group Counseling ​
​EDU 558: Ethical and Legal Issues​ ​ ​
EDU 562: Assessment, Measurement & Data ​
EDU 645: Families in Crisis ​ ​​
EDU 829: Designing & Implementing a Counseling Program

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