Masters Degree in School Counseling (MSED) with Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling (CAS)
Choose Saint Rose for your Graduate Degree in School Counseling
With the right education, a passion for helping young people can turn into a rewarding career.
Do you dream of helping young students with the challenges facing them in their academic, social, and home lives? If so, training to become a school counselor by earning a school counseling degree could be an excellent career path.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for school counselors is expected to grow 11% between 2020 and 2030, which is faster than the average rate for all jobs.
Indeed, many schools are eagerly recruiting more people with master’s degrees in school counseling to help fill gaps in student services.
A school counseling degree is a prerequisite for the job of a school counselor in New York State. A degree from The College of Saint Rose prepares graduates to work with students at every grade level. We are also committed to ensuring our graduates are sensitive to all student needs, both culturally and in terms of learning styles and abilities.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the MSED in School Counseling and MSED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs at The College of Saint Rose. We sat down with Dr. Claudia Lingertat recently to discuss the process of becoming CACREP accredited and what that accreditation means for Counseling grad students entering the field.
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.
Flexible to Meet Your Schedule
We understand that many graduate students don’t have the flexibility or the ability to stop working while pursuing the next level in their careers.
The College of Saint Rose makes it easy for dedicated students to pursue a Master of Science in Education (MSED) and certificate of advanced standing (CAS) in school counseling on a full- or part-time basis, guided by expert practitioner faculty. Classes are held in-person during work-friendly hours, including the late afternoon and evening with some online options.
Coursework and faculty advisors help students prepare for the qualifying exam by providing rigorous curriculum. Enjoy comprehensive, hands-on fieldwork opportunities, including internships with prestigious local schools.
Upon graduation, students are both academically prepared and practically prepared for their first day on the job.
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 mission of The College of Saint Rose School Counseling program is to prepare students to become culturally competent counselors, leaders and advocates that work in diverse school settings. Our students are prepared to promote equity and access to a rigorous education for all P-12 students.
Our students will work to prevent and remove barriers to learning and achievement including college and career readiness for all students. Students in our program will learn to design, develop, implement and evaluate components of comprehensive school counseling programs to make sure that every P-12 student receives developmentally appropriate academic, career and social emotional development.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the MSED in School Counseling and MSED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs at The College of Saint Rose. 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.
The Counseling program has three overarching objectives for student learning outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to practice as an ethical counselor in a multicultural and pluralistic society.
- Students will develop knowledge and skills to use data and research to inform and evaluate counseling practice.
- Students will demonstrate a professional identity consistent with the principles of social justice/advocacy, wellness/prevention & ethical practice.
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.
This 60 credit CACREP accredited program allows students to earn their MSED in School Counseling along with their Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling to meet the requirements for initial and professional certification in school counseling in New York State.Explore MSED in School Counseling Requirements
CACREP Accredited Program with Rigorous instruction and hands-on fieldwork, with a personal touch
- Develop competence through course work in school counseling interventions, social emotional learning, restorative and trauma-informed approaches, college and career readiness, culturally competent counseling methods, a focus on advocacy and equity, and fieldwork in PK-12 school settings.
- Graduate Assistantships – Approximately 120 graduate assistantship (GA) positions are sponsored by The College of Saint Rose each academic year. They are meant to provide qualified master’s degree candidates with opportunities to augment their educational experiences.
- Our comprehensive curriculum melds theory with practice, constantly tying lessons and concepts back to fieldwork, and using cutting-edge research to inform student learning
- We hold classes during work-friendly hours in the late afternoon and evening, and offer some online courses for your convenience
- Our faculty’s excellent relationships with public and private schools pave the way to fulfilling internships and post-graduation employment.
- Our programs prepare you for career success, starting with the industry certification
- Dedicated staff member to help you find field placements, so you can focus on your coursework
Saint Rose has many funding options that can make your education affordable:
Looking for the 12 credit online Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling to complete requirements for professional certification?
The stand alone, online certificate program is designed for students who have attained initial certification in school counseling with their Master’s degree in School Counseling and are looking to complete the academic requirements for professional school counselor certification. Each student will need to complete 12 credits to obtain the required graduate coursework leading to professional certification as a school counselor in New York State.Explore Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling
After earning my degree in psychology, I wanted to help people, specifically kids, and especially in school districts struggling with social-justice issues. The Saint Rose school counseling program prepares me by addressing culture in every course and by focusing on how cultural difference can influence the counseling process with each individual.”
Sydney Hewitt ’18,
MSED, School Counseling
Our faculty are focused on the development of competent and ethical counseling professionals.
Dr. Michael Bologna began his career at the College of Saint Rose in 1994 as the Internship Coordinator for the undergraduate program in Social Welfare. Dr. Bologna joined the faculty in the Counseling Program in the Fall of 2001 and served as Chairperson from 2004 – 2009.
He continues to work in the field as a social worker, clinician, and administrative consultant to several mental health agencies. His past clinical experience includes work with the developmentally delayed, children, families in crisis, adults with mental health issues, the incarcerated, and persons with HIV/AIDS.
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. Corbin’s most recent study examined the perceptions of middle school counselors regarding the support they receive to serve LGBTQ students. He also has an interest in contributing to the counselor education literature.
He uses his career experience in his teaching and applies real-life experiences to theory.
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.
- Completed Saint Rose graduate school application
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (minimum of 9 credits of psychology beyond Introduction to Psychology; these classes may be completed after acceptance into the degree program)
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities that have awarded you credit
- Statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- Attendance at an admissions workshop (by invitation only)
- Application fee
Whether you aspire to help children and adolescents achieve their academic goals, deal with social and emotional challenges, or get ready for college or the workforce, The College of Saint Rose prepares you to help students at all ages and levels overcome barriers to learning and wellbeing.
Our graduates have found full-time employment with:
- Private and public schools in the Capital Region, New York State, and across the U.S.
- BOCES centers
- Residential treatment center schools
Counseling Program Graduates, 2021-22
- MSED, School Counseling: 8
- 12-credit CAS, School Counseling: 8
- Completion rates: 100% of MSED graduates completed the program in 3 years or less. 100% of CAS students graduated in 1 year.
- Job placement: 100% of MSED graduates (n=11) found employment in the field within 3 months of graduating. 100% of CAS graduates were already employed in the field.
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