2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2022  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Counseling, MS

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Melissa Luke, Ph.D., 259 Huntington Hall, 315-443-2266, mmluke@syr.edu

Major Requirements

The Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students to work with children of all ages in urban, rural and suburban K-12 school settings. Beginning with their first courses, students gain practical hands-on experiences that prepare them for their clinical placements in schools. Students work closely with their advisor to develop a program of study that meets their interests and specific career goals. Through two unique school counseling specialty courses, students acquire the knowledge and abilities necessary to implement a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program that includes individual and group counseling, large group classroom guidance, advisement and consultative services, as well as systemic support skills. Students gain the tools necessary to be effective professional school counselors and change agents, so they can help to meet the needs of every student. Graduates from our program meet the requirements for provisional certification as a school counselor in New York State and are employed in schools as:

  • School Counselors
  • Directors of Guidance
  • Career Center Counselors
  • Admissions Counselors
  • Support Service Counselors
  • Alcohol-Drug Abuse Prevention Education Program (ADAPEP) Counselors
  • Student Assistance Counselors
  • Family Support Counselors

The Department of Counseling and Human Services has been a pioneer in training highly skilled practitioners and leaders in a wide range of counseling settings. Syracuse University’s programs are nationally accredited and can lead to national certification or State Certification in School Counseling or Licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

Programs include extensive fieldwork opportunities in which students gain hands-on experience working with students and clients in a wide range of counseling and educational settings. Students work closely with their advisor, and the fieldwork coordinator to identify settings that meet their individual interests and career goals. The faculty is nationally recognized for their leadership in the profession and all classes are taught by skilled experts and experienced clinicians.

The faculty is deeply committed to the growth and development of their students; faculty work closely with both our master’s and doctoral students. Students are trained in the most current information in counseling and provided the opportunity to develop their skills and succeed in their chosen area of specialization. The department’s goal is to prepare national leaders in counseling. It seeks to develop a diverse group of professionals who will excel in knowledge, skills, commitment, and service in a wide range of educational and community settings.

S.U. Re-Accredited through 2016:

After an extensive review of the Counseling and Human Services Programs, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) recently announced that Syracuse University’s programs have met all expectations, and granted us the full eight year accreditation period for all of our accredited master’s degree programs (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling), as well as our Counselor Education Ph.D. program. This means each of these programs will be accredited by CACREP until 2016. This decision is a testament to the quality education offered here at Syracuse University, and a signal of support for the work that is done here.

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