School Counseling (CAGS) | Springfield College

School Counseling (CAGS)

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
About This Program
Admissions Contact
Curriculum and Delivery
  • 32-credit program
  • Hybrid courses offered online and on-ground in Springfield, Mass.
  • Program curriculum
Start Dates and Duration
  • Start in September (fall semester)
  • Courses are offered full or part time
Paying for Your Education
Upcoming Events

School Counseling Information Session (In Person)
Tuesday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Tips and Pointers for Applying to Graduate School
Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m.

Counseling Graduate Programs Information Session (In Person)
Monday, August 19 at 5 p.m.

Resources for Military & Veteran Students Information Session
Tuesday, September 17 at 1 p.m.

Counseling Graduate Programs Information Session (Hybrid)
Thursday, September 26 at 5 p.m.

Counseling Graduate Programs Information Session (Virtual)
Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m.

Counseling Graduate Programs Information Session (In Person)
Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m.

Counseling Graduate Programs Information Session (Hybrid)
Wednesday, December 11 at 5 p.m.

School Counseling at Springfield College

Are you ready to advance your skills, pivot your current career, or obtain professional licensure as a School Counselor or School Adjustment Counselor? 

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Counseling at Springfield College is designed to serve individuals who hold master's degrees in related fields who are seeking the next step in their educational path. The hybrid program is flexible, includes both face to face and online options and allows for full- or part-time study and is based upon student needs and interests. 

You'll work closely with an academic advisor to define professional goals and design a curriculum to advance toward those goals.  Students can gain eligibility for Educator Licensure in both School Counseling and Adjustment Counseling. There are opportunities for funding and financial support through grants and partnerships.

Graduates of the program are prepared to better meet the increasing mental health needs as school counselors or to take on leadership roles in educational settings.  Whether you're looking to improve your practice or take on a new role, the CAGS in School Counseling program is here for you!


How to Apply:

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. Essay: In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 
  3. Resume: Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or direct supervisor: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  5. Interview: This program requires an interview.
  6. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to or mailed to the college address: 

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as space is available.

International Students

Fall Start:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: May 1

Fellowships & Scholarships

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Student Employment

Work on our campus to earn money while pursuing your graduate degree.

Employee Partnerships

Employees of our partnerships are eligible to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 partner grant.