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Master of Science in Education: Counseling

This degree requires a total of 42 hours of graduate studies in counseling.

Specialization Tracks offered within the MSEd in Counseling Program

The School Counseling track prepares graduate students for professional practice as school counselors in schools, K-12.  It qualifies students for New York State Provisional Certification in School Counseling. Students develop competencies and professional orientation necessary for certified practice in the school setting.  As part of this, students are taught to take on consultative roles with parents, teachers, and administrators as important stakeholders in the school community.  Graduates who complete the school counseling certification track uniquely benefit by qualifying for permanent certification in New York State with no additional graduate course work required beyond their master’s degree. Only two years of experience in the field is required to be permanently certified in school counseling. (Note: Hofstra is one of only a few counseling programs in New York State that offers this benefit!)

The College Student Development Counseling track prepares graduates to work in various counseling, advisement, and student affairs positions on the college and university level. Students develop competencies necessary for developmental work with college students, such as supporting students’ transitions to college life, career counseling, academic advising, educational planning and student activities program coordination.

As part of a specialization track within matriculated studies in the MSEd in Counseling curriculum, students can select to complete the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services' (OASAS) educational requirements for the Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC). Graduates of the curriculum would then need to complete the 2,000 hours of supervised work experience in the field.  This curriculum prepares students to work with individuals, families, groups, and the community at large in a variety of settings and serves as the educational component for the CASAC credential.

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