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

We believe in preparing counseling professionals who can address the academic, personal/social and career counseling needs of students at the elementary and secondary levels. Students in our program are trained in a comprehensive, developmental approach to providing school counseling services. An emphasis is placed on working within the three domains of the American School Counseling Association national model of providing academic, personal/social and career counseling to all students.


Program Overview - Master of Science in Education

About School Counseling

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 counseling services.


This 48 credit program includes 24 credits of core counseling coursework and 24 credits of specialized school counseling coursework.  Included in the specialized coursework is a 100 hour practicum and two 300 hour internships in school counseling; these field experiences allow students to take knowledge gained from course work and apply it to practical situations in P-12 school settings. This is done under the cooperative supervision of a New York State-certified school counselor and a faculty liaison. There are no electives in this program, which allows course work to be focused within the concentration.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of application for graduate study
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree. (Minimum of 9 credits of Psychology beyond Introduction to Psychology; these classes may be completed after acceptance into the degree program)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation, one which addresses character and your potential to work in the field of Counseling, and one that address your ability to complete graduate level work (written by a professional qualified to make this assessment)
  • Essay discussing your objectives and motivation for pursuing a degree in School Counseling along with how the degree will meet your professional development plans
  • Resume demonstrating work and volunteer experience in schools and with children/adolescents
  • Attendance at an Admissions Workshop
  • As part of the admissions procedure, each student is required to attend a two-hour Admissions Workshop. The goal of the workshop is to give each prospective student the opportunity to acquire more information about the program. It also allows The College of Saint Rose to gather any additional information that can help us in making our decision for admission to the program.The admissions workshop is conducted by full-time College of Saint Rose faculty members. The 2 hour workshop includes a panel of students currently in the programs to answer questions from a student perspective, brief (5-10 minute) interviews with a faculty member, and an overview of program requirements

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For more information contact Dr. Claudia Lingertat-Putnam, Department Chair

Required Core Courses

  • Counseling Theory and Pracice
  • Research in Counseling
  • Clinical Counseling Skills
  • Tests, Measurements, and Appraisal
  • Issues in Lifespan Development in Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
  • Dynamics of Group Counseling
  • Career Development Theory

Students must complete a Qualifying Examination before moving on to internship. Students also have the option of completing a Master’s Thesis. 

Required Courses in School Counseling Program

  • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in School Counseling
  • The School Counselor as Educator and Advocate
  • Organization and Collaboration in School Counseling Programs
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents in the Schools
  • Counseling for College and Career Readiness
  • Practicum in School Counseling
  • School Counseling Internship I
  • School Counseling Internship II

Graduate Assistantship Program

Approximately 120 graduate assistantship (GA) positions are sponsored by The College of Saint Rose each academic year in an effort to provide qualified graduate students with opportunities to augment their educational experiences with meaningful professional activities through engagement with faculty and/or administrators. The selection process is competitively-based and may include an interview.

Possible Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate assistant positions will be open for application by the end of April. The positions will now be posted on the College’s electronic job board, eCareerCenter. If you have any questions about the new process, please contact Alicia Audino at audinoa@strose.edu. Check back shortly for updates!

New students will receive instructions shortly after they have been accepted to the College.  

Returning Graduate Assistants will receive instructions for reapplication during the Spring 2016 semester.