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
Trauma’s Impact on the Student: How Schools Can Support the Healing Process
Research shows that the experiences of trauma and adversity are becoming increasingly prevalent in the lives of students. Trauma and adversity often cause a ripple effect for student in schools -impacting their academic ability, self-regulation, and interactions with others. It is vital that teacher...
Graduate Studies Winter Open House
Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Attend Open House and your application fee waived will be waived!
Program Evaluation 101: Understanding the Basic Components of Effective Evaluation
Are you running a program and want to know if it is working? Do you want to know how to improve an initiative that is already taking place and would like to know where to start? The first thing to think about is that effective program evaluation takes much more than finding the appropriate methods a...
An Ideal Place to Learn
Two MA tracks available: School Guidance Counselor and School Social Work/ School Adjustment Counselor
100% of our students met or exceeded DESE standards for school guidance 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
GRE not required
Over 75 innovative pre-practicum and clinical practicum placement sites
Debra BolzAdjunct Faculty Graduate School Counseling
Dawn BreaultAdjunct Faculty HSRS Graduate
Barbara Colombo-AdamsAdjunct Faculty Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
Shanna FrostAdjunct Faculty Graduate School Counseling
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 College 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!Schedule an Appointment
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 enrollment in the practicum.
Candidates for the Massachusetts Initial License for School Counselor (PreK-8; 5-12) must meet the following standards:
- Prior to enrollment in the practicum, 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
- $30 Application Fee (waived for AC Alumni)
- Three Letters of Recommendation (two for CAGS program)
- Official Transcript(s)
- Personal Statement
- Current Resume
- TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English
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.