Dec 18, 2018  
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
    
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Counseling - MSEd


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Program Coordinator Arnold Wolf; 1127 West Building; (212) 772-4616; awo@hunter.cuny.edu

 

Central to all counseling approaches is the belief that people can develop, assume responsibility, achieve autonomy, and engage in problem-solving. Effective counseling requires that counselors understand and accept clients, develop rapport, and establish collaborative working relationships. To achieve these ends, counselors need a background in the psychology of human development, counseling theories, and cultural similarities and differences, as well as skills in individual and group counseling, mastery of assessment techniques, and knowledge of current issues and research.

The curriculum at Hunter includes basic core courses for the three counseling programs and specialization courses. The curriculum integrates theory and practice through a carefully sequenced series of courses with emphasis on fieldwork in urban settings.

The School Counseling Program primarily prepares graduates for careers in a variety of school settings, including elementary schools, junior high schools, senior high schools and colleges. School counselors can also be employed by organizations that are not primarily educational, such as correctional facilities, hospitals, and a wide variety of community-based organizations.

Those students specializing in school counseling may apply individually for the New York State provisional certificate for school counselor at the completion of 30 credits and a school-based practicum experience. Permanent certification recommendation is made after graduation.

In addition, school counseling students fluent in Spanish and English have the option of obtaining a New York State Department of Education Bilingual (Spanish/English) Extension in Pupil Personnel Services.

 

Philosophy of the Graduate Programs

Central to all counseling approaches is the belief that people can develop, assume responsibility, achieve autonomy, and engage in problem-solving. Effective counseling requires that counselors understand and accept clients, develop rapport, and establish collaborative working relationships. To achieve these ends, counselors need a background in the psychology of human development, counseling theories, and cultural similarities and differences, as well as skills in individual and group counseling, mastery of assessment techniques, and knowledge of current issues and research.

Admission Requirements


  1. Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7; the Graduate Record Examination is not required.
     
  2. 15-25 credits of approved courses from the following fields: anthropology, economics, education, guidance, health sciences, political science, psychology, sociology, and related areas
     
  3. Evidence of oral and written expression consonant with graduate-level study.
     
  4. Interviews with faculty members, alumni, or currently enrolled students. Central purposes of these interviews include assessing counselor potential, applicability of work and life experience, and candidate expectations about both the programs and the field.
     
  5. Recommendations from appropriate professional or academic references to aid in determining potential for work as a professional counselor.
     
  6. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Admission to the program is highly competitive, and each applicant’s grade point average, counselor potential, and applicability of work and life experience are carefully considered.

Progress Standards


  1. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program and must complete a minimum of 51 credits of course work to graduate.
     
  2. Students must demonstrate counseling knowledge and skills as defined by the faculty and community agency supervisors.
     
  3. Active participation in small group seminars and community and professional activities is required.
     
  4. A student receiving a grade of B or below in any of the following courses cannot continue in the programs.
     
  5. The faculty may require that a student gain additional experience in counseling skills and competencies before permission is granted to complete the program.
     
  6. Seven courses – COCO 701, 706, 707, 718, 719, 725, 726 – cannot be taken at other colleges or universities. These courses must be taken in the Hunter College Counselor Education program.

 

Total 60 credits


Bilingual (Spanish/English) Extension In Pupil Personnel Services


Students in the School Counselor Program at Hunter College may obtain a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Extension in Pupil Personnel Services. Students who elect to take this option will be evaluated for written and oral proficiency in both Spanish and English. Students who are determined to be bilingually proficient will take the following two courses in addition to the Counseling Programs Sequence of Courses:

Total 66 credits


Exit Standards


1.    An overall GPA of 3.0.

2.    Students must pass the School of Education technology assessment.

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