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School Counseling - ADV CERT

Program Overview:

The Advanced Study in School Counseling program (CAS) is designed for the student who has attained a Master’s Degree in Counseling or Counselor Education, and wishes to acquire the necessary coursework for professional certification as a School Counselor in New York State, and/or to advance his/her post graduate training and education. The Advanced Study in School Counseling Program consists of 12 post-graduate credits developed with approval of the student’s academic advisor to meet the New York State requirements for professional certification, and the student’s plan of study.


Program Contacts:

Dr. Thomas Murphy

Co-Chair, Counseling Department


Program Webpage:

Program Requirements:


A 48 credit Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling which will include the following applicable coursework or its equivalent:

Counseling Theory and Practice


Research in Methods Counseling or Education


Clinical Counseling Skills


Tests, Measurements, and Appraisal or Assessment


Child, Adolescent or Lifespan Development


Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling


Group Counseling


Career Development


Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in School Counseling


Counseling Children and Adolescents in the Schools


The School Counselor as Educator and Advocate


Counseling for College and Career Readiness (3)


Practicum in School Counseling


Organization and Collaboration in School Counseling Programs (3)


School Counseling Internship I


School Counseling Internship II


Electives will be evaluated by the advisor for appropriate content as part of the admissions process.

If any of the courses or their equivalents listed above are missing or are not appropriate, the student will be required to complete those courses as pre-requisites to the 12 credit Advanced Study in School Counseling (CAS).

Required Courses:


CSL 515Tech & Emerg Trends in Sch Csl


SED 501Intro to Ind w/Dis/Ed Settings


Electives in Counseling, Educational Leadership or Educational Psychology


Professional Accreditation:

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs are fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The specialized accrediting agencies noted below are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation: Programs offered by The College of Saint Rose for the preparation of all school professionals, leading to initial and advanced certifications, are accredited by the  Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation.

Admissions and Financial Aid Information:

General Admission Information

Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements:

  1. Submission of a completed application, a resume, and Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study.
  2. Evidence of the possession of a U.S.  baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary education.
  3. Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation. The Communication Sciences & Disorders and School Psychology programs requirethree letters of recommendation.
  4. A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major.
  5. Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops.

Applicants to The College of Saint Rose are responsible for completing their applications by submitting all required components. Prospective students can access the online application and application instructions at

See Graduate Admissions section for more information.

Financial Aid

The College of Saint Rose has long been committed to the premise that a quality education should be within the reach of qualified students. To this end, the College serves its student body through a comprehensive program of federal, state, and institutional financial aid. While the basic responsibility for financing education lies with the students and their families, scholarships, loans, and/or assistantships can supplement insufficient family resources. The amount of aid available through the College is limited and is awarded on the basis of academic merit. All financial assistance from the College is subject to adjustment if the recipients are later granted aid from other sources. Financial aid awards are contingent upon students’ maintaining good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress.

See Financial Aid section for more information.

Additional School Counseling Admission Information:

Requirements for Admission to the Advanced Study in School Counseling (CAS) Program

  1. A Master’s Degree in Counseling or Counselor Education of at least 48 credits from an accredited college or university;
  2. Completed application for graduate study;
  3. Graduate transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  4. At least two letters of recommendation, one that addresses the applicant’s clinical and professional skills and accomplishments, and one that addresses the applicant’s academic and scholarly abilities and accomplishments;
  5. A professional essay which delineates the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the CAS in School Counseling and how the CAS will assist the applicant in attaining his/her professional goals; and
  6. Attendance at an Admissions Workshop is required for applicants who are not graduates of the Counseling M.S. in Education degree from The College of Saint Rose.
  7. Students must also provide verification of initial certification.

Students are admitted to the certificate programs in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

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