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Master’s Degree in Counseling

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Choose Saint Rose for your Graduate Degree in Counseling

Practical application lies at the heart of our advanced Counseling programs.

Small class sizes taught by experienced faculty in the afternoon and evenings allow students to progress through the program either part-time or full-time. Classes are held in person during work-friendly hours in the late afternoon and evening with some weekend and online options.

All students put their coursework to the test in supervised internships, while our emphasis on experiential learning, social justice and multicultural perspectives sets the programs apart.

CACREP Accredited

CACREP Accreditation

Saint Rose is the only institution in the greater Capital Region offering CACREP-accredited school counseling and mental health counseling programs, which means graduates have met high academic and professional standards and graduate with the knowledge needed for success in the field. CACREP accreditation makes the process of getting certified in other states smoother, as states value what the accreditation says about the quality of graduates.

Counseling Program Mission

The mission of The College of Saint Rose Counseling program is to prepare students to become culturally competent and engaged professionals who work with diverse populations across multiple settings. Our students gain the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to establish themselves as ethical and reflective counselors, leaders, and advocates within their fields.

The Counseling program uses a multi-tiered assessment process to assess its program objectives (PO), key performance indicators (KPI), and dispositions and professional comportment of students as part of its annual program evaluation.

MSED in School Counseling with Advanced Certificate

This program prepares professional school counselors to work effectively in K-12 schools through a combination of challenging coursework and practical field experiences.

The coursework covers such topics as:

  • Comprehensive developmental guidance programs
  • Counseling children and adolescents in the schools
  • Counseling for college and career readiness
  • Restorative, trauma-informed, social and emotional learning
  • Healing centered engagement with a focus on advocacy and social justice
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Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling

This online 12 credit program is designed for students who have earned their initial certification in school counseling with their master’s degree in Counseling and now seek to:

  • Gain professional certification as a School Counselor in New York State and/or
  • Advance their postgraduate training
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MSED In Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This program prepares students for a career as a mental health counselor to address the clinical needs of children, adolescents, and adults. Coursework explores:

  • Mental health counseling interventions, with a focus on diversity, advocacy and social justice
  • Trauma-informed counseling and family violence
  • Family counseling
  • Addictions counseling
  • Case management and consultation
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Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This 18-credit program serves students who:

  • Hold a master’s degree in Counseling or a related field (with a minimum of 36 credits) and
  • Seek licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State
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Exceptional Faculty

Our faculty are focused on the development of competent and ethical counseling professionals.

Dr. Lingertat has been with the Counseling program since 2003. As the previous department chair, she led the department through a successful first-time CACREP accreditation self-study process and site visit, resulting in CACREP granting accreditation to the MSED in School Counseling and MSED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs at The College of Saint Rose through 2030! Prior to becoming a faculty member at the college, Dr. Lingertat worked extensively in clinical and supervisory capacities in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked in inpatient and residential treatment settings, college counseling centers, and both public and private schools for children in grades K-12 as both a counselor and supervisor.

Professionally, Dr. Lingertat has expertise in healing-centered and trauma-informed schools, including a specialty around grief and loss in children and adolescents. Dr. Lingertat consults with schools and businesses on issues related to unconscious bias and education as well as on instructional equity and diversity issues. Dr. Lingertat has served as a Director on the Board at RISSE (Refugee Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus) since 2020 where she also serves as the Chair of the Personnel Committee.


Dr. Thomas Murphy is a licensed mental health counselor in New York, a national-certified counselor, and an approved clinical supervisor. He is certified by EMDRIA as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician. He has provided clinical and supervisory services and conducted workshops on clinical supervision, telemental health, and supervision ethics. His teaching philosophy focuses on the development of competent, ethically focused counseling clinicians.


A licensed mental-health counselor in New York State, Yvette Kelly has more than a decade of experience working with children, families, and disenfranchised populations. She has worked in a variety of community-based settings, serving in diverse roles including clinician, clinical supervisor, quality-improvement coordinator, and director of children’s mental health. Her expertise is in assisting organizations in enhancing organizational efficiencies to improve clinical performance, supervision strategies, compliance, and access to behavioral health services. She is responsible for coordinating internships for students in Saint Rose’s counseling programs.


Career Outlook

25% growth in job outlook through 2029 for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors. Among 20 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2019-29.
US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates from our programs get jobs in:

  • K-12 public schools
  • private schools
  • alternative schools
  • inpatient settings
  • outpatient settings
  • college counseling centers
  • substance abuse treatment centers

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Community engagement

Students pursuing a Saint Rose master’s degree in counseling learn in the field – and benefit the Capital District in the process.

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Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.


Dr. Thomas Murphy

Department Co-Chair
Lally 250, School of Education

Dr. Claudia Lingertat

Department Co-Chair
Lally 250, School of Education

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