May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

School Counseling (Pre K-8), (5-12), Master of Education

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The School Counseling Program is divided into three degree concentrations:

  • Master of Education / Elementary School Counseling (PreK-8)
  • Master of Education / Secondary School Counseling (5-12)
  • Master of Education/ School Counseling/School Adjustment Counseling

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.Ed. School Counseling program are exempt from having to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Program Objectives

This program is designed to prepare candidates to work as counselors in school settings. The program allows candidates to complete a master’s degree in education while developing the qualifications necessary to meet the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requirements for licensure as either an elementary/middle school counselor (PreK-8), a middle/secondary counselor (5-12) or school counseling/school adjustment counseling

Prerequisite Program Requirements

One course in Educational Psychology or General Psychology

One course in Developmental Psychology relevant to level (i.e., Child Growth for Pre K-8, Adolescent Psychology for 5-12)

One course in Learning or Human Behavior or equivalent

Measurement and Evaluation, or equivalent (e.g., Statistics)

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study as needed.

Course Requirements

Total Credits: 54

Additional Information and Notes

*The practicum experience requires that the student be available for 500 hours of field work over two semesters, as well as a weekly class seminar. Candidates for initial licensure must take and pass all required sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure prior to entering the practicum.

**EDU 734  is recommended for students in the PreK-8 school counseling track.


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