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Master’s Degree in School Counseling (MSEd)

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Choose Saint Rose for your Graduate Degree in School Counseling

Turn your passion for helping young people into a rewarding career

Do you dream of helping young students with the challenges facing them in their academic, social, and home lives?

The College of Saint Rose offers the training and practical experience you want to become a skilled, capable, and caring professional school counselor.

Pursue your M.S.Ed. or 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 in the late afternoon and evening with some weekend and online options. Prepare for the qualifying exam with our rigorous curriculum. Enjoy comprehensive hands-on fieldwork, including internships with prestigious local schools.

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.

School Counseling Mission

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 Counseling program has three overarching objectives for student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to practice as an ethical counselor in a multicultural and pluralistic society.
  2. Students will develop knowledge and skills to use data and research to inform and evaluate counseling practice.
  3. 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.

Program Highlights

Rigorous instruction and hands-on fieldwork, with a personal touch

  • 12:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Our comprehensive curriculum melds theory with practice and the development of professional identity.
  • Students will learn to design, develop, implement and evaluate components of comprehensive programs to make sure that every P-12 student receives developmentally appropriate academic, career and social/emotional counseling services.
  • Our programs prepare you for career opportunities that include public and private schools, as well as higher education institutions. Our faculty maintains excellent relationships with public and private organizations, as well as professional memberships that assist with pave the way to fulfilling internships and post graduation employment.
  • Classes are held during work-friendly hours in the afternoon and evening. We also offer some weekend and online courses.
  • There are no electives in this program, which allows course work to be focused within the program.
  • 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.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Demand for school and career counselors is expected to grow 8% (faster than average) over the decade 2018-2028
  • $56,310 median pay for school and career counselors (2018)

Saint Rose has many funding options that can make your education affordable:

Certificate of Advanced Study

This certificate-only program is designed for students who have attained a master’s degree in counseling or counselor education and wish to acquire the necessary coursework for permanent certification as a school counselor in New York State or to advance their post-graduate training and education.


CITE Program

Looking for a program in New York City?

The CITE (Center for Integrated Teacher Education) program is a distance delivery partner of The College of Saint Rose. Classes are held in Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and New York City.

Learn about our CITE Program

Loan Forgiveness

In certain situations, students may qualify to have their loans forgiven, canceled or discharged.

Explore Loan Forgiveness

Our Students

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,
M.S.Ed., School Counseling

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 and currently serves as the Counseling and Educational Leadership Department Chair. Dr. Lingertat has extensive clinical and supervisory experience working 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 trauma-informed schools, grief and loss with children and adolescents, and responding to tragedy in schools.


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. Lin is a counselor educator who joins the Counseling Department at the Lally School of Education in 2017. Walking from a multidiscipline background, she believes that cultural and social contexts play important roles in individuals’ development and wellbeing. Therefore, she makes sure she incorporates these social/cultural factors in working with people from diverse backgrounds and in teaching and supervising next generation counselor-in-training. Lin hopes that she can bridge counseling research and practice to help people in need through their own life voyages in this complex world.

Before joining the College of Saint Rose, Lin taught several courses and supervised Master-level students at the University of Rochester.


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.


Linda King, CAS School Leadership & Administration, MS Counseling, MS Mental Health Counseling. Linda has over twenty years of experience in school systems serving as a School Counselor, Director of Guidance, Administrator, and Coordinator of College Advising.

She completed her requirements for mental health counseling in Vermont while employed at United Counseling Services. Specifically, she received her advanced degree in School Leadership and Administration at UVM, May 2000 that includes coursework in supervision. She has participated in numerous trainings; DBT, Suicide Assessment, Mental Health First Aid, she’s toured over 200 colleges, attended multiple SAT/ACT updates, attended NACAC in Boston, and continues her professional outreach.

Her multiple roles have included ongoing collaboration with special education staff, 504 plans, student at-risk teams, the comprehensive model and other supportive roles throughout her career. In addition, Linda spent the past five years working as a mental health counselor serving clients with substance abuse disorders and other mental health diagnoses.

She also manages her own business assisting families with college and career readiness using a holistic approach. Linda has been a Visiting Professor in the Counseling Program since 2018. She has advanced degrees in mental health counseling, school leadership and administration, and professional school counseling. She is yoga certified with 200 hrs and is currently enrolled in the Health Coach Institute for wellness training. Linda is a member of the CDCA, NYSSCA,the Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce, and The American School Counseling Association.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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
  • Resume
  • Attendance at an admissions workshop (by invitation only)
  • Application fee


Career Outlook

Employment Opportunities

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

  • M.S.Ed., School Counseling: 12
  • 12-credit CAS, School Counseling: 1
  • Completion rates: 100% of MSEd graduates completed the program in 3 years or less. 100% of CAS students graduated in 1 year.
  • Job placement: 92% of MSEd graduates (n=11) found employment in the field within 3 months of graduating. 8% (n=1) found employment in a related field. 100% of CAS graduates were already employed in the field.

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


Dr. Claudia Lingertat

Department Chair
350 Lally, School of Education

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