Preparing culturally competent school counselors to lead comprehensive programs that promote and enhance student academic, social and emotional success.
School Counseling Program
Graduate Studies Events
School Counseling Master’s Degree Virtual Information Session
We invite you to learn more about School Counseling Master’s Degree 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.
School Counseling Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Virtual Information Session
We invite you to learn more about School Counseling Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study 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.
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
Over 75 innovative pre-practicum and clinical practicum placement sites
Dawn BreaultAdjunct Faculty HSRS Graduate
Barbara Colombo-Adams, Ed.D.Adjunct Faculty Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
Jean Lindquist-GradyAdjunct Faculty Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
Christopher LopesAdjunct Faculty Graduate School Counseling
Lorette McWilliamsVisiting Instructor of School Counseling
Scott SmithAdjunct Faculty Graduate School Counseling
Shining Their Light
School Counseling 2018
School Counselor, Tantasqua Regional High School
Paul Dufault embodies what it means to be a school counselor — he is the heart of the program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Graduate Visit Opportunities
We invite you to learn more about our graduate programs - either through a visit to campus, or by scheduling a phone conversation with an admissions team member or one of our program directors. Contact us today to learn more!Graduate Visit Opportunities
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
- 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.
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.