Why Choose School Counseling?
The advanced certificate in school counseling program is designed for students who have earned a master’s degree in counseling making them eligible for provisional certification in New York State. Our program is grounded in research and shaped by the needs of schools and other organizations that require professional counseling services. Upon completion of 21 credits, students may apply for New York State permanent certification if they have worked as a school counselor for two years.
The small class size (no more than 18-20 in a section) provides students and professors the opportunity to collaborate and get to know one another. We accept students from diverse educational backgrounds and professional experiences. From economics and finance, to humanities teachers and engineers, each student brings their experiences to the classroom and everyone is enriched by this. Most students form lifelong connections.
The faculty in this department are more than professors, they’re practitioners, from mental health and school counselors to psychologists. Their diverse training and years of job knowledge will enhance your classroom experience and accelerate your learning.
Located in the neighborhood of Riverdale, our campus is uniquely positioned within New York City’s Bronx borough near Manhattan and lower Westchester where the public school systems serve many different students. As a graduate student in the School Counseling program, you can get involved in the Center for Optimal College Readiness (COCR), which places our graduate counselors-in-training at several locations, some within walking distance of the College. You will have an opportunity to work with kids, teachers and counselors, while collaborating with a team and making a difference in the local community.