School Counselor K-12 (M.S.Ed.)

School Counselor
School Counselor
School Counselor

The School Counselor program leads to initial certification in school counseling as recognized by the New York State Education Department. Students will apply both developmental and intervention models to the total development of students as unique individuals within educational settings. Students also learn to become a leader in the school and advocate for educational equity for all students. The School Counselor program offers hands on experiences within school districts working with skilled professionals, allowing networking for future success. This program can be completed in two years (4 semesters) when taken full time, with a total of 48 s.h. of coursework including 100 hours of Practicum and 600 hours of Internship. The first year of the program consists of in person courses, with the second year of courses taking place asynchronously online except for the internship. A Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program is also available at SUNY Oneonta for School Counselor students pursuing graduate work beyond the master's degree toward professional school counselor certification.

Start of Term


Delivery Method

In person

Application Deadline

February 1 (preferred)

Number of Credits 32


  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee by February 1.
  2. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college, consisting of a minimum of 9 s.h. in psychology and/or educational psychology coursework; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 based on coursework from all previously attended postsecondary institutions.
  3. Submit two professional letters of recommendation.
  4. For those who meet the above requirements (1-3), have a personal interview with members of the Counselor Education faculty.
  5. Submit an essay outlining your specific academic areas of interest and your career goals.

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Morgan Brown
Morgan Brown graduated from the School Counselor M.S.Ed. program in May 2022 and will start her career as a school counselor at an elementary school in Dutchess County, NY, in fall 2022. She says one of the best aspects of the graduate program was being part of a small cohort (eight students) who got to know one another and grew together as a team, both personally and professionally.
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