M.S. in Professional School Counseling

The Master of Science program in Professional School Counseling at the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges 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
  • 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.

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A 1-2 page career goals essay

Advanced Certificate Program in Professional School Counseling

After completing an M.S. degree, school counselors seeking to earn New York State permanent certification are encouraged to enroll in Sage Graduate School’s 12-credit Advanced Certificate Program in Professional School Counseling.  Completion of the 12-credit program awards the candidates with a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.).

The Advanced Certificate Program is open to Sage graduates as well as graduates with M.S. degrees in school counseling from other institutions. The program is registered with the New York Department of Education and was created with the input of current school counselors in the field. The faculty of the Professional School Counseling Program pride themselves on course creation and delivery that is focused on the most current best practices in school counseling.