SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM ADMISSION Requirements
Last Updated: 10/15/14
To obtain information/application packets, applicants should download the forms below or contact the Counseling and School Psychology Department office at:
phone: (203) 392-5910
Admission Requirements Include:
1) Academic background: students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
2) Although no particular undergraduate major is required, students should take the following prerequisites:
- Introduction to psychology
- Psychological statistics
- Abnormal psychology or psychopathology
- Teaching Exceptional Children, which is a state-approved special education course that reviews all types of educational disorders as specified in federal and state statutes, as well as the requirements for mainstreaming children with disabilities.This requirement is a course that is offered at many colleges and universities in Connecticut (at SCSU: SED 481 OR 482). A list of those courses is available at the CT State Department of Education's Web site.
3) The State of CT requires that all applicants to this certification program must have successfully passed the PRAXIS Core exam, an essential skills test which is administered by Educational Testing Service. For complete information on taking this test, go to the CT State Department of Education website.
Students who have already achieved high scores on any of the following tests may be able to waive taking the PRAXIS exam: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), American College Testing (ACT), or the Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA)/ESLAT/TOEFL. The passing scores necessary for waiving the PRAXIS exam based on these tests are listed on the State Dept of Education website: www.ct.gov/sde/certtests
To waive the PRAXIS test requirement, first check to see that you have achieved the necessary score; then complete the ED-192 Form (click on this link to get the form) from the CT State Dept. of Education.
5) Evidence of a desire to enter the profession and knowledge of the field.
6) Strong interpersonal skills evidenced through a program interview and letters of recommendation.
7) Strong recommendations from at least three individuals who know the candidate in a professional and/or academic setting.
8) Submit a 500-word essay describing the basis of their interest in the School Counseling program and their desire to enter the profession.
9) Submit a resume.
10) If invited, meet with the School Counseling Faculty members for an admissions interview.