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School Counseling

Aligned with the American School of Counselors Association National Model, our program curriculum emphasizes diversity, community, and humanity through innovative, relevant content.

You’ll complete three clusters of progressive courses, covering content designated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to build a foundation of theoretical understanding. Throughout the program, you will concurrently engage in 75 hours of pre-practicum and a full-year, 500-hour practicum to gain experience you can put into practice.

In our dynamic program, you’ll complete:

  • 44 credit hours of classroom-based learning
  • 575 hours of required practicum experiences (4 credit hours)
  • A professional portfolio for presentation

Sampling of Courses

  • Foundations of School Counseling
  • Challenges in Learning and Development (pre-practicum)
  • Critical Issues in Education
  • Psychology of Learning (educational psychology)
  • Psychopathology
  • Counseling Theory
  • Sheltered English Immersion (SEI endorsement course)
  • Career and College Counseling and Placement (linked to practicum)
  • Research and Leadership in School Counseling (Linked to practicum)
  • Group Counseling Methods
  • Adolescent and Addiction
  • School Family Community Partnerships (pk-8)
  • Diversity & Culture (Pre-Practicum)
  • School Counseling Practicum I (Fall)* Min. of 250 Hours: with Seminar
  • School Counseling Practicum II (Spring)* Min. of 250 Hours: with Seminar

Upon successful completion, you will emerge with the tools you need to help today’s youth navigate 21st century challenges—and ready to embark on a rewarding career as a school counselor.

Take it to the next level - the graduate level - at Merrimack.