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.