Specialization Tracks offered within the MSEd in Counseling Degree
The School Counseling focus, formerly known as guidance counseling, prepares graduate students for professional practice as school counselors in schools, K-12, and 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 focus 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.
The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling focus allows students 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) designation. This track prepares students to work with individuals, families, and groups in myriad settings focusing on mental health, substance abuse, and alcohol and drug counseling. Graduates who take advantage of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling focus are eligible to register for the CASAC designation and thus qualify for the clinical experience component of the certification.