Nov 30, 2023  
Mercy College 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Counseling, M.S.

Cynthia T. Walley, Ph.D., Program Director

Lisa McHale, M.S., Clinical Director


Degree Requirements

The 60 credit Master of Science degree program in School Counseling is organized as follows: 

Level I: Basic Foundational Knowledge, Theories, and Skills 18 Credits         
Level II: Intermediate Pre-Internship Preparation, Social Basis of Behavior, and Assessment 24 Credits
Level III: Advanced Specialty Concentration and Internship 18 Credits  
Total:  60 Credits                 

The Master of Science Degree in Counseling Program requires completion of 15 core course requirements and three supervised field placements specific to the students’ area of study. There are no elective courses for the Master of Science Degree in Counseling Program.

ATTN School Counseling Students:
The New York State Department of Education has approved a new regulation for school counselor preparation programs that goes into effect Fall 2021. The program will move from 48 to 60 credit hours. This changes the certification requirements as well. If students have met all requirements for
provisional certification before 2/1/2023, but have not completed their preparation program, and they wish to be provisionally certified, they must apply for certification through the Office of Teaching Initiatives- Individual Evaluation pathway. Therefore, those who enter into the program
Summer/Fall 2020, then they will be required to adhere to the new regulation standards, if they are unable to be provisionally certified by Feb 1, 2023.

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Students who were in Practicum in Counseling Spring 2021, and who are enrolled in Internship I Fall 2021 and Internship II Spring 2022, will be able to graduate under the 48 credit program. Those who are scheduled to complete Practicum in Counseling Spring 2022, will be required to complete the 60 credit hour program.

Credits: 18

* This is the core course for the M.S. School Counseling program and must be taken at a registered campus. 

Credits: 24

Credits: 18

Total Credits: 60


The Master of Science degree in School Counseling requires completion of the 45 credit core course requirements listed above and completion of the following three internship courses (CNSL 690 CNSL 691  and CNSL 670 ).   

Successful completion of the program and evidence of participation in a seminar on the Identification and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse, and participation in a seminar in the Prevention of Violence in the School Setting and participation in an approved NYS Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop leads to recommendation to the New York State Education Department for provisional certification as a school counselor.

Professional Licensure

If you are interested in obtaining professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice. For additional information and detailed requirements, please refer to the specific program of interest on the “School Resources” section of the Mercy College NC-Sara webpage.