School Counseling - M.A.

The future is in the next generation of students. As a vital part of the educational leadership team, school counselors provide valuable assistance to students, whether they are setting the tone in elementary schools or enhancing the learning process in secondary school or beyond.

Why Choose School Counseling?

The M.A. in school counseling program is designed for those seeking school provisional counseling certification, and prepares you for work in a variety of settings. It is grounded in research and shaped by the needs of schools and other organizations that require professional counseling services. Upon completion of the program, you’ll meet the requirements for provisional certification as a school counselor in New York State.

The Classroom

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 benefits. Most students form lifelong connections.

The Faculty

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.

The Location

Manhattan College is uniquely positioned near Manhattan and lower Westchester where the public school systems serves 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 local schools, 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.

As a graduate student in the school counseling program, you will gain 700 hours of on-site experience including 280 direct hours working with students in some of the most socially and economically diverse school districts in the nation.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn how to foster the development of individuals through all stages of life. By merging theory with practice, you will emerge with the necessary knowledge, skills and disposition to:

  • Assess, facilitate, and guide individual development
  • Help students understand and overcome social or behavioral problems through classroom guidance lessons and counseling
  • Counsel individuals and small groups on the basis of student and school needs
  • Work with students to develop skills, such as organizational and time management abilities and effective study habits
  • Help students create a plan to achieve academic and career goals
  • Engage student in career and college readiness
  • Be an empathic, caring human service provider

If you wish to specialize in post-secondary advising you may choose the college advising concentration, an optional 12-credit program that provides additional expertise in guiding student success in college.

You may also pursue the advanced certificate in bilingual extension, a 15-credit New York State-registered program that prepares school counselors to specifically work with bilingual/multicultural students.

See the degree requirements

What Will You Do?

The school counseling program prepares students for counseling in schools, community organizations, colleges and other agencies that require the services of a professional counselor.

Everyone brings strengths and weaknesses to their career. The School Counseling program is a good time and place for prospective counselors to reflect and take stock of their own personal strengths and weaknesses. I was able to develop my personal style, and I learned how and when to say ‘no’ to a particular student, and say it in a way that resonates with, rather than alienates that student.

James Wallace ’07, Retired Guidance Chairperson, Levittown Public School