Preparing culturally competent school counselors to lead comprehensive programs that promote and enhance student academic, social and emotional success.
School Counseling Program
Shining Their Light
School Counseling 2021
School Guidance Counselor, Worcester Public Schools
The School Counseling program and its teachings make you a competitive candidate in the workforce.
The program is designed to ensure that you are prepared and competent to begin your profession as a School Counselor. I am fortunate to be a product of this, and I recommend the program to anyone who aspires to be a successful and culturally responsive school counselor.
School Counseling UG '15 GR'20
School Couselor, TechBoston Academy
My experience in the program was amazing! I went to Assumption for undergrad, so it felt like home.
My time as a DCF social worker assisting families, as well as overseeing an IFC (Intensive Foster Care) program has given me insight into students in foster care placement. These experiences have helped me gain a better understanding of the school counseling field.
School Counseling 2018
Adjustment Counselor, Maynard High School
Assumption helped me get to where I wanted in my career.
Enrolling at Assumption for my CAGS was incredibly helpful, you get a top-notch education in a comfortable, friendly environment. I was able to take the courses I needed to get my additional license and the program was flexible so I could complete it on my own terms.
Graduate Studies Events
School Counseling Master's Degree Virtual Information Session
We invite you to learn more about our School Counseling Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) program by participating in our virtual information session on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:00 pm EST! Throughout the webinar, you will have the opportunity to chat with the program director, Dr. S ... Read more
School Counseling C.A.G.S. Virtual Information Session
We invite you to learn more about our School Counseling Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) program by participating in our virtual information session on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:45 pm EST! Throughout the webinar, you will have the opportunity to chat with the program director, Dr. S ... Read more
Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Virtual Information Session
We invite you to learn more about our premier graduate programs and the admissions and financial aid process at Assumption by participating in our webinar on Monday, April 3rd, at 5:00 pm EST. You will have the opportunity to chat with admissions and financial aid staff throughout the webinar.
Susan M. Scully, Ph.D
An Ideal Place to Learn
Two MA tracks available: School Counselor and School Social Work/ School Adjustment Counselor
100% of our students met or exceeded DESE standards for school counselor PreK-8, 5-12, as rated by their site supervisor
Competitively priced tuition
Approved programs by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Approved programs by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jennifer BaublitzLecturer, Psychology Undergraduate Program, School Counseling and SMVF Graduate Programs
Dawn BreaultLecturer, School Counseling and Transition Specialist Graduate Programs
Kendra CantrellLecturer, School Counseling Graduate Program
Barbara Colombo-Adams, Ed.D.Lecturer, School Counseling Graduate Program
Heather CourtneyLecturer, School Counseling Graduate Program
Kayla DeWeesLecturer, School Counseling Graduate Program
Jean Lindquist-GradyLecturer, School Counseling and Special Education Graduate Programs
Christopher J. Lopes, Ph.DLecturer, School Counseling Graduate Program
Katelyn McGowanLecturer, School Counseling Graduate Program
Lorette M. McWilliams, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Practice, HSRS
Scott M. Smith, LMHCLecturer, School Counseling Graduate Program
Graduate Admission Events and Ways to Connect With Us
We invite you to learn more about our graduate programs - either through a visit to campus, attending an information session or by scheduling a phone or virtual conversation with an admissions team member or one of our program directors.Learn More
School Counseling-specific Requirements
The MTEL exam is not required for admission into the School Counseling program, however matriculated students must pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam prior to completion of the program.
Candidates for the Massachusetts Initial License for School Counselor (PreK-8; 5-12) must meet the following standards:
- Prior to completion of the program, submit evidence of passing scores on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills. NOTE: The School Counseling program is state-approved for the Massachusetts Initial License for School Counselor (PreK-8 or 5-12). Candidates who complete the state-approved program and thereby earn a first Initial License, are eligible for licensure reciprocity with the approximately 24 other states that are parties to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract.
GRE scores are not required
General Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements
- Graduate Application
- Two Letters of Recommendation* (Professional and/or academic)
- Official Transcript(s)
- Personal Statement
- Current Resume
- TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English
*We strongly recommend at least one academic letter of recommendation; the remaining letter(s) may be professional. All recommendations may be professional if an academic letter is not feasible. However, all letters should address the student’s ability to complete graduate-level academic work. Applicants may feel free to provide more than two recommendations.
School Counseling Program Student Conference Award
This award reimburses up to $150.00 per student to provide fiscal support to active School Counseling students who are presenting at local, state, and/or national level conference related to their program area training.
Institute for School Counseling and School Psychology
The Institute is one of the few professional continuing education programs in the nation focused exclusively on the needs of school counselors. All of the workshops are open to School Counselors, School Social Workers/School Adjustment Counselor, School Psychologists, Rehabilitation Counselors, related counseling practitioners, and graduate students interested in the counseling fields.
Faculty Expertise Imparted Upon Future School Counselors
Lorrette McWilliams, one of our School Counseling faculty members recently published, “These Pandemic Times: Family and Community Engagement for School Counselors-In-Training,” a blog post for the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement. Lorette discusses how faculty affiliated with the School Counseling program at Assumption prepare school counselors-in-training to partner with families and communities.
Graduate Research Symposium
Assumption University Graduate School Annual Symposium showcases research, innovative projects, successful case study, and creative work of graduate students and recent alums from every graduate program. We offer all graduate students in every program an opportunity to present their excellent work on diverse topics.
Veterans at Assumption
Assumption University recognizes that servicemen and women have demonstrated great courage and made tremendous sacrifices in service to our nation and its people. The University has introduced a number of programs and services to assist veterans during the application process and while veterans are attending Assumption. We also have a lounge designated only for our veteran students. Assumption University is committed to maintaining recognition as a Military Friendly institution. We strive to eliminate barriers to success for our Service Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.
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