Department of Counseling and School Psychology Programs

The Post Master’s Certificate in Addiction Counseling provides advanced training to professionals in counseling and other mental health disciplines in their preparation to treat substance use disorders and addictive behaviors. This program further enables candidates to take on management and leadership roles in substance use disorder treatment and a variety of social service settings where clients with substance use disorders are served.

The required 12 credits of coursework align with the curricular requirements of the CT Department of Public Health Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential. These include ethics, HIV/AIDS, pharmacology, assessment and treatment planning in addictions, and cross-cultural, special populations and ethnically diverse groups. The PMC is administered completely online. This program is not CACREP accredited.


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  program is designed to meet the curricular requirements for Connecticut State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 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).

This specialization certificate prepares students who already have a master’s degree in School Counseling for work as a Clinical Mental Health 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.

The Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program (CES Ed.D) meets a national need for CACREP-accredited doctoral programs in counselor education and supervision, and at the same time the CES Ed.D will also serve a specific need for such programs in the New England region. This program is designed to produce scholars and leaders who are prepared to train and provide clinical supervision to counselors who will address the unique needs of the populations served in New England.

The doctorate in counselor education and supervision offers three tracks: counselor education, clinical counseling and supervision, and leadership and management. Within each of the three available tracks, candidates have opportunities for teaching, research, leadership, advocacy, supervision, as well as advanced counseling skill development. The program is both trauma-informed and infused with social justice applications so that graduates will enter the field prepared to address the needs of underrepresented and underserved individuals and members of groups at risk for marginalization and disenfranchisement.

The CES Ed.D program is aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) standards and will seek CACREP accreditation following our first graduating class.  The plan of study follows a hybrid model. Courses are offered in various formats, including online and on-ground classes. This program is created for working professionals with courses held in evenings and on weekends and can be completed in three years.

 

The school counseling program consists of a 60-credit Master of Science degree, leading to CSDE certification (068). 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. In addition to required coursework, two fieldwork experiences are required. Candidates will complete a 100-hour practicum, and a 700-hour, 10-month long internship. Both field experiences are under the direct supervision of a certified school counselor within a school setting. Prior to admission, candidates must complete program prerequisite in special education required for Connecticut State Department of Education certification. A comprehensive exam is required. 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.

This advanced certificate provides 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 closely related helping profession. In addition, candidates must complete the program prerequisite course in special education required for Connecticut State Department of Education certification. The certificate includes 20-credits of required courses, 12-credits of course content, and eight-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. This program is not CACREP accredited.

This advanced certificate provides 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 helping professions or education-related areas. In addition, candidates must complete the program prerequisite course in special education required for Connecticut State Department of Education certification. The certificate includes 41-credits of required course and fieldwork experiences. Candidates are required to complete a 100-hour practicum, and a 700-hour, 10-month long supervised internship placement within a school setting. Candidates with 36+ months certified public teaching experience may waive 50 percent of the internship. No comprehensive exam or thesis is required. This program is not CACREP accredited.

The School Psychology program is nationally approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students who complete both the Master of Science and Sixth Year Certificate in School Psychology are eligible for certification as a school psychologist in the State of Connecticut as well as the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential offered by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Connecticut certification as a School Psychologist requires both the Master’s and the Sixth Year Certificate, which are offered through the SCSU School Psychology program. The Master of Science in School Psychology is completed first, during which candidates apply for admission to the Sixth Year Program.

A School Psychologist is a mental health professional, with broad and specialized training in both psychology and education, who provides psychological services using data-based problem solving processes. As stated by our professional organization, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):

School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community (NASP, 2017).

As a NASP-approved program, student preparation in the Master’s Program 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, curriculum in regular and special education programs, individual counseling, group counseling, and research and other related activities. The Master of Science in School Psychology can be achieved after one full year of study (including full-time summer study). Part time study is also offered as an option for students.

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.

The School Psychology program is nationally approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students who complete both the Master of Science and Sixth Year Certification in School Psychology are eligible for certification as a school psychologist in the State of Connecticut as well as the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential offered by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

The Sixth Year Program, leading to the Sixth Year Certificate (a specialist level credential), follows the Master’s Program and includes one year of full-time coursework followed by a year-long internship. The majority of enrollment openings in the Sixth Year Program are reserved for students who have completed the SCSU School Psychology Master's Program in School Psychology. However, a limited number of students are accepted into the Sixth Year Program who have successfully completed their master's degree in School Psychology elsewhere.

As a NASP-approved program, student preparation in the Sixth Year Program includes training across all NASP Standards. Preparation includes advanced training in psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, written and oral communication of assessment results, developing and implementing individual educational and behavioral interventions, consultation, counseling and crisis intervention, program evaluation, research and other related activities. Graduates of the Sixth Year Program will be prepared for employment as school psychologists in public schools or other related organizations and agencies.