Graduate

School Counseling

Preparing culturally competent school counselors to lead comprehensive programs that promote and enhance student academic, social and emotional success.

School Counseling Program

Program Tracks Available

Online


Admission Deadline

Fall: July 15
Spring (January start): December 1
Summer: May 1
 

For priority consideration, please have your application completed and all materials submitted no later than two weeks before the start of the semester.

Application Requirements

Admission Information Sessions


Degrees Offered

M.A. (60 credits)
C.A.G.S.


School

School of Graduate Studies


Department

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies


Kasandra Garcia, MA, LSWA

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.
Lance Mitchell

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.
Nicole Papazian

School Counseling 2018
School Counselor, Tantasqua Regional High School

Assumption has provided me with the required practical skills and hands on experience in the field.

Your experience depends on what you put into it. Seek out mentors. Come in early, stay late, make connections. My experience at Assumption aided in my success.
Kendra Scaletta Cantrell

School Counseling 2009
Director of Guidance, Tantasqua Regional High School

Everything about the program is designed to ensure your success as an expert counselor.

"This program is at the leading edge of producing modern school counselors who have the knowledge and experience to be leaders in the profession. The professors offered a nurturing approach to teaching and mentorship, combined with tremendous knowledge and experience."
Kristie LaRochelle

School Counseling 2009
Elementary School Counselor, Agawam Public Schools

Assumption’s program is about where school counseling is going, not about where it has been.

I consult with schools to assess and implement systemic enhancements in the school counseling program. I’m certain I was hired because I earned my master’s from a program that is a model for modern school counseling and the use of data to measure results.
Dana Macphee

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.
Michelle Driscoll

School Counseling 2017
Adjustment Counselor, Southbridge Public Schools

Assumption University has played a significant role in my success.

I thoroughly enjoyed my education and praise all the professors that I have had throughout my many years studying at Assumption. The professors are very dedicated and willing to help each student. Assumption’s professors want everyone to succeed.

Shining Their Light

Kasandra Garcia, MA, LSWA

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.
Lance Mitchell

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.
Nicole Papazian

School Counseling 2018
School Counselor, Tantasqua Regional High School

Assumption has provided me with the required practical skills and hands on experience in the field.

Your experience depends on what you put into it. Seek out mentors. Come in early, stay late, make connections. My experience at Assumption aided in my success.
Kendra Scaletta Cantrell

School Counseling 2009
Director of Guidance, Tantasqua Regional High School

Everything about the program is designed to ensure your success as an expert counselor.

"This program is at the leading edge of producing modern school counselors who have the knowledge and experience to be leaders in the profession. The professors offered a nurturing approach to teaching and mentorship, combined with tremendous knowledge and experience."
Kristie LaRochelle

School Counseling 2009
Elementary School Counselor, Agawam Public Schools

Assumption’s program is about where school counseling is going, not about where it has been.

I consult with schools to assess and implement systemic enhancements in the school counseling program. I’m certain I was hired because I earned my master’s from a program that is a model for modern school counseling and the use of data to measure results.
Dana Macphee

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.
Michelle Driscoll

School Counseling 2017
Adjustment Counselor, Southbridge Public Schools

Assumption University has played a significant role in my success.

I thoroughly enjoyed my education and praise all the professors that I have had throughout my many years studying at Assumption. The professors are very dedicated and willing to help each student. Assumption’s professors want everyone to succeed.
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Feb 1 Tue

Graduate Admissions Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about our premier graduate programs as well as the admissions process at Assumption by participating in our webinar on Tuesday, February 1st, at 12:00 pm EST. You will have the opportunity to chat with admissions staff throughout the webinar.

Feb. 1, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Feb 9 Wed

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (Orientation)

The 8-week program runs weekly on Wednesdays from February 16 to April 6, 2022.  Attend the Orientation on February 9, 2022 to learn about the program. This program is hosted by the Clinical Counseling Psychology Program, in conjunction with the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies and the ... Read more

Feb. 9, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Mar 16 Wed

School Counseling Master of Arts Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about School Counseling Master of Arts program by participating in our virtual information session. You will have the opportunity to chat with the program director and admissions personnel throughout the webinar.

Mar. 16, 2022
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Virtual
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Graduate Studies Events

Feb 1 Tue

Graduate Admissions Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about our premier graduate programs as well as the admissions process at Assumption by participating in our webinar on Tuesday, February 1st, at 12:00 pm EST. You will have the opportunity to chat with admissions staff throughout the webinar.

Feb. 1, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual
Register Now
Feb 9 Wed

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (Orientation)

The 8-week program runs weekly on Wednesdays from February 16 to April 6, 2022.  Attend the Orientation on February 9, 2022 to learn about the program. This program is hosted by the Clinical Counseling Psychology Program, in conjunction with the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies and the ... Read more

Feb. 9, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Live Online via Zoom
Register Now
Mar 16 Wed

School Counseling Master of Arts Virtual Information Session

We invite you to learn more about School Counseling Master of Arts program by participating in our virtual information session. You will have the opportunity to chat with the program director and admissions personnel throughout the webinar.

Mar. 16, 2022
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Virtual
Register Now
Program Contact

Susan M. Cahill

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Schedule a Conversation
508-767-7365 Admissions House - Room 205

Susan Scully-Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, Director of School Counseling
508-767-7319 Kennedy Building - Room 107D

Sabine Prizio

Administrative Assistant to Graduate Programs
508-767-7297 Kennedy Hall - Room 169

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Program Curriculum

Faculty

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.

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Admissions Requirements

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

Tuition & Financial Aid

General Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application Dated & Signed
  • 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.

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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.

Learn More About The Institute

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. 
 

READ THE FULL BLOG POST HERE

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.

Welcoming Veterans

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