Guidance and Counseling

Master of Science Degree in Guidance and Counseling Leading to Provisional Certification
Advanced Certificate in Guidance and Counseling

The Master of Science Degree in Guidance and Counseling, which is approved by the New York State Education Department, includes courses from many programs in the Graduate School: Psychology, Career Development, and Guidance and Counseling. Because students take courses in other programs, they have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other students of different disciplines and professions.

The graduate program in Guidance and Counseling is a 45-credit program leading to the Master of Science Degree. The program meets all the New York State Education Department requirements for provisional certification as a School Counselor, and will prepare students to work as professionals in pupil personnel services in school systems.

According to the regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education, the requirements to obtain certification as a School Counselor are as follows:
(a) Provisional Certification: a baccalaureate degree and 30 credits of graduate study in the field of school counseling, including supervised internship in school guidance counseling, attendance at Identification and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Maltreatment Workshops, and Fingerprint Clearance. The College will recommend students for provisional certification upon completion of the Masters degree.
(b) Permanent Certification: satisfaction of the requirements for provisional certification, two years experience in school counseling, a total of 60 credits of graduate study in school counseling, and a Master’s Degree. Students must apply on their own to NYSED for Permanent Certification.

In order to help a student achieve the educational requirements for Permanent Certification, the College of New Rochelle offers a 15 credit Advanced Certificate in Guidance & Counseling. Students with a Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling may choose these 15 credits from any of the elective courses in the Guidance and Counseling program. These courses are to be chosen in conjunction with a faculty advisor.

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Division Office:
Chidwick 103 914-654-5561,
Assistant Dean for Academic Administration: Wendi Vescio, Chidwick 103