GSE School Counseling


Students Standing at Career Counseling Desk

Degree: Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)
Credits: 60
Career Path: Prepares graduates for work in a variety of school settings, including public, parochial, and private elementary, middle, and high schools.

Start Semester: Summer, Fall, and Spring
Campus: Lincoln Center

The program emphasizes knowledge basic to all school counseling settings, including competence in individual, group, and career counseling, program development, and evaluation and assessment.

Sensitivity to gender and cultural differences and similarities is fostered, ethical decision-making skills are developed, and social justice is a priority.


Our ideal student is committed to facilitating the healthy academic, social and emotional development of all young persons.

The student enjoys the collaborative nature of working in a school environment and is comfortable working with culturally diverse groups of students, parents, administrators, and teachers.

Furthermore, the student is dedicated to advocating for all students and is especially sensitive to issues of justice and equity.

The M.S.Ed. in School Counseling is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of January 2015 through January 2025.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

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General Teacher Education Program Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Online application
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Program Curriculum and Sequence 

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Sample Course Sequence

NOTES: See advisor; specific schedule is subject to change and you need to look up classes each semester. Child Abuse Reporting, School Violence, and Dignity for All Students (DASA) Workshops required for certification.

Introduction to Professional School Counseling I
Pre-Practicum in Professional School Counseling I
Human Development
Assessment in Counseling
Research Methods in Counseling (online)

Theories of Counseling for School Counselors
Social Justice Practicum in Professional School Counseling
Career Counseling
Practicum in Career Counseling
College Counseling
Session 1
Multicultural Counseling
Session 2
Group Counseling
Pre-Practicum in Group Counseling
Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling
Field Experience in Professional School Counseling I
General Psychopathology
Trauma and Interpersonal Neurobiology
Field Experience in Professional School Counseling II
Developmental and Intellectal Disabilities
Counseling Program Development and Evaluation
Masters Comps (May also be taken in Summer Session I)
Total 20 courses = 60 credits 


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Program Contact
Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D.

M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Program Data and Outcomes

Program Data and Outcomes2019-2020
Applications received to matriculate in academic year (AY) 2019-2020 35
Of those applications, number of students admitted 29
Of those admitted, number newly enrolled in 2019-2020 11
Of those who were newly enrolled in AY 2019-2020, number who continued this fall (fall 2020) into year two (first year retention rate) 10
Total number of students enrolled in the program during AY 2019-2020 29
Number of students who graduated in AY 2019-2020 11
Number of full-time students who started the program and graduated within the expected time frame (two or three years, depending on your program length). This would NOT include part-time students who graduated in AY 2019-2020 11
Percent of students who enrolled in the program in fall 2015 (AY 2015-2016) who graduated from the program (5-year graduation rate) 100%

Percent of those who graduated in 2019-2020 who became certified or licensed (depending on your state's regulations) as school counselors*

*provisionally certified

Percentage of courses taught by adjunct or part-time faculty over the 2019-2020 AY 45%