Curriculum

Aligned with the American School of Counselors Association National Model, our program curriculum at Merrimack, 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.

Program Format

Courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate students who work or intern during the day. By choosing from our full- or part-time schedules, you can complete your degree at a pace that works for you:

  • Full-time students can complete our program in two years. This option is ideal for human development or social service professionals, or career changers who wish to work in school environments.
  • Part-time students can complete our program in three or more years. This option is designed for current teachers or social workers, or master’s degree holders who need course or fieldwork for a school guidance license.

In our dynamic program, you’ll complete:

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

Courses You’ll Take

School Counseling Requirements


To see more details about the program, please visit catalog.merrimack.edu.

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