Department of Counseling and School Psychology Programs

The licensure track program is designed to meet the curricular requirements for Connecticut State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credit hours) prepares graduate students to work in a variety of community counseling agencies, college counseling centers, hospitals, and other counseling settings including private practice. Students develop skills and theoretical knowledge in practicing individual, group, and career counseling with diverse populations in either public or private agencies and centers. The M.S. program is accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is the premier independent accrediting body in counselor education. A comprehensive exam is required. Students who complete the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are prepared to take the National Counselor Examination. This examination is required by the National Board for Counselor Certification (NBCC). It is also required by the State of Connecticut for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).


Program Requirements

This respecialization certificate prepares students who already have a School Counseling Masters for work as a Counselor and satisfies the degree requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health. The certificate includes 20 credits of required coursework – 12 credits of course content and 8 credits of fieldwork. Candidates are required to complete a 600-hour supervised internship placement within a clinical mental health counseling setting. Candidates for this certificate program must hold a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. In addition, candidates must complete prerequisite courses in psychology and have a course related to the treatment of substance abuse. No comprehensive exam or thesis is required.


Program Requirements

The school counseling program consists of a 60-credit Master of Science degree. The Master's degree program prepares professionals to work in the elementary, middle, and high school levels and consists of a focus on human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research, program evaluation and professional orientation, including ethics and professional standards.


Program Requirements

This certificate providves course requirements and supervised fieldwork to prepare for school counselor certification in the state of Connecticut. Candidates for this certificate program must hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling or a related helping profession. In addition, candidates must complete prerequisite courses in psychology, counseling, and education (required for CSDE certification). The certificate includes 20-credits of required courses – 12 credits of course content and 8 credits of fieldwork. Candidates are required to complete a 700-hour, 10-month long supervised internship placement within a school setting. No comprehensive exam or thesis is required.

The sixth year advanced graduate studies program in counseling provides the opportunity for students holding a master 's degree in counseling or counseling-related areas to further their counseling competence and/or complete Connecticut State School Counseling certification requirements. This program is not CACREP accredited.


Program Requirements

Graduate students prepare to work as school psychologists using their knowledge, insight, and skills to promote educational success and to improve the institutions and programs in which they are involved.

As a NASP-approved program, student preparation includes training across all NASP Standards. Preparation includes training in psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, written and oral communication of  assessment results, developing individual educational and behavioral interventions, making recommendations for remedial action, participation in regular and special education programs, consultation, individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, program evaluation, research and other related activities. 

Successful completion of the degree program prepares students for eligibility for state certification as a school psychologist as well as national certification (N.C.S.P.). The Master of Science Degree in School Psychology is achieved after one full year of study (including full-time summer study). Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment as school psychologists in public schools or other related organizations and agencies.

The Master’s Program is designed to be accessible to working students and classes will generally be offered on nights and/or weekends. Some classes will also contain web-based components of training.


Program Requirements

Certification as a School Psychologist requires both the Masters and the Sixth Year professional diploma, which is offered through the School Psychology program.

Graduate students prepare to work as school psychologists using their knowledge, insight, and skills to promote educational success and to improve the institutions and programs in which they are involved.

As a NASP-approved program, student preparation includes training across all NASP Standards. Preparation includes training in psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, written and oral communication of  assessment results, developing individual educational and behavioral interventions, making recommendations for remedial action, participation in regular and special education programs, consultation, individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, program evaluation, research and other related activities. 

Successful completion of the degree program prepares students for eligibility for state certification as a school psychologist as well as national certification (N.C.S.P.). The Sixth Year Professional Diploma (a Specialist level credential) follows the Master’s program and includes one year of full-time coursework followed by a year-long internship. Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment as school psychologists in public schools or other related organizations and agencies.

The Master’s Program is designed to be accessible to working students and classes will generally be offered on nights and/or weekends. Some classes will also contain web-based components of training.


Program Requirements