Professional School Counseling

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Professional School Counseling prepares counselors for New York State certification as School Counselors. The program is designed to develop specific areas of competency in human growth and development; social and cultural foundations; helping relationships; groups; career development; appraisal; research and evaluation; and professional orientation.

The program prepares school counselors to:

  • help elementary and secondary students gain understanding of their social, intellectual, and emotional development,
  • be knowledgeable about educational, occupational, and social opportunities,
  • have decision-making and planning skills,
  • communicate effectively with school personnel, parents, and particularly with students, about issues that facilitate or inhibit personal planning, self-esteem, achievement, and choice.

Graduates of the Professional School Counseling program have demonstrated that they are ready to assume a role that is central, rather than peripheral, to teaching and learning in the schools; to involve parents in the choices, plans, decisions, and learning activities of the students; and to view school counseling in a framework that is developmental and comprehensive, from kindergarten through 12th grade.

After completing their M.S. degree, school counselors seeking to earn New York State permanent certification are encouraged to enroll in the programs 12-credit advanced certificate program.

All matriculated students complete a signed program schedule. Any change in stated coursework must receive written approval of the assigned faculty advisor.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Professional School Counseling program must meet the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School and must also meet the following specific requirements.  

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with the following minimum scores:
    • GRE Minimum Scores: Verbal Reasoning - 145, Quantitative Reasoning - 145, Analytical Writing - 3.5
    • MAT Minimum Score: – 350
  • Applicants must have earned at least 9 credits in Social Science and have completed the following pre-requisite courses: Statistics, Educational Foundations, and Developmental Psychology. Students can be accepted on a provisional basis without pre-requisites if they are completed within the first semester of the program.
  • Exemption:
    • Pursuant to the law, each program is entitled to exempt a student from these admission requirements based on the exempted student’s demonstrated potential to positively contribute to the teaching profession.

National Accreditation Advantage

Sage's Esteves School of Education received accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2001. NCATE accreditation means that graduates are recognized as having completed an Education program that meets the highest standards in the field. Sage graduates should note the NCATE accreditation on their resumes and be prepared to talk about its significance.

  • Sage is one of only 28 colleges and universities in New York State to receive prestigious NCATE accreditation. Across the nation, relatively few private colleges can claim this level of excellence in teach education programs.
  • The NCATE accreditation process helped articulate what qualities a Sage educator, counselor, or leader possesses: belief in full inclusion, valuing diversity, reflection, and knowledge about best practices. NCATE accreditation is a mark of assurance that teachers, counselors, and leaders educated at Sage are competent, caring, and highly qualified.
  • NCATE accreditation means that Sage graduates are better prepared to help their students reach high standards.
  • Graduates of NCATE accredited programs can more easily receive certification and teaching jobs in other states; NCATE is recognized throughout the nation.