Oct 03, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Counseling, MSEd


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Professor Sciarra, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-7451

Admission Requirements


Application for admission is made to the Graduate Admission Office where directions are given for securing transcripts of previous schooling and other necessary information.

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. GRE Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing scores must be provided. Applicants who hold a master’s degree are not required to submit GRE scores provided their grade-point average on their previous graduate work is above a B (3.2).
  3. Three letters of reference.
  4. Personal essay (professional goals and objectives).
  5. Personal interview with the program director.

Note: Preferred application deadline for fall semester is June 1 and for spring semester is December 1; all others reviewed on a space available basis.

Prerequisite and Corequisite Requirements


Note: students must complete all 9 semester hours of the prerequisite course work listed below prior to beginning the first sequence course of the counseling curriculum ( COUN 223 - Theories and Principles of Counseling ). The 9 semester hours of corequisite course work listed below may be satisfied concurrently with the first year of program studies, but must be completed prior to enrolling in COUN 253 - Counseling Practicum . The prerequisite and corequisite courses may be satisfied at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Prerequisites Required: 9 s.h.


One course from each of the following specific areas must be completed prior to beginning COUN 223 .

  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Personality Theory (or Abnormal Psychology)

Corequisites Required: 9 s.h.


Additional counseling-related courses in the behavioral sciences (e.g., peer counseling, human development, cross-cultural issues, human sexuality, selected sociology and psychology courses) selected with advisement and completed prior to COUN 253 .

Program of Study - Total Semester Hours: 42


B. Electives - Semester Hours: 9 to 12


Graduate-level courses taken with advisement and after completing the first sequence course in the counseling curriculum (COUN 223 ).  

C. Comprehensive Examination


Additional Certification Option: Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC)


Students in the MSEd in Counseling program have an additional educational opportunity to pursue a specialized track in the area of alcohol and substance abuse practice. Interested students can 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. Those graduates who complete this specialization track would be eligible to register for the CASAC designation and thus qualify for the clinical experience component of the certification. This is an exceptional benefit because students who complete this specialization track as part of their graduate degree program of study will be credited with 4000 of the 6000 total hours required for full CASAC certification. Furthermore, if these students complete their 200 hours of MSEd internship in a facility affiliated with OASAS, the 200 hours will count toward the remaining 2000 hours needed for full CASAC certification. This would serve to further lower the balance to 1800 post-graduation hours; as such, the time required for attaining full CASAC certification in NYS is decreased for these graduates.

The Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC) prepares students to work with individuals, families, and groups in a range of settings focusing on mental health and substance abuse. Students interested in earning the education portion toward their CASAC credential should speak to their faculty adviser regarding taking the addiction-related electives as well as applying to an OASAS-affiliated internship site.

Required Course Work for Additional Certification


To earn CASAC eligibility MSEd students would need to successfully complete the following required courses:

Elective Course Work for Additional Certification


In addition to the required MSEd curriculum, students pursuing CASAC must take two of their three or four program electives focusing on Addictions:

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