About This Program

Admissions Contact

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences

Program Contact

Allison Cumming-McCann
Graduate Program Director, School Counseling; Department Chair of Counseling
Department of Counseling
(413) 748-3025

Curriculum and Delivery

Start Dates and Duration

  • Start in September (Fall semester)

Paying for Your Education

Already have your Master's Degree?

Looking for post-graduate programs? Explore our Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in school counseling.

The Office of Educator Prep and Licensure can help answer your school counselor licensure questions.

Career Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Counseling Department In-Person Info Session
Springfield, MA
Thursday, June 15, 5 p.m. ET


School counselor speaking with student in hallway in front of lockers.

In today’s day and age, students from elementary to high school face different challenges, both academically and emotionally. Schools across the country, especially those with urban and traditionally underserved populations, need school counselors who are educated, prepared, and caring.

With a strong emphasis on fieldwork, the Springfield College MEd in School Counseling prepares students to take on the multifaceted roles of today’s school counselor. This includes the development of skills to counsel and assess youth, serve the needs of a diverse student population, and effectively collaborate with students, parents, and school personnel.

The program has a unique academic balance of education and psychology, which allows students to be exposed to the full scope of situations they may encounter in the field.

School counseling alumni take this mission to heart and put into practice the philosophy in their schools, benefitting those who need it most and truly making a difference in the lives of their students and communities.

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: 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 graduate@springfield.edu 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 intladmissions@springfieldcollege.edu.

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


Explore New Financial Opportunities for Springfield College School Counseling Program


School counselor trainees will be prepared by faculty in the Department of Counseling through either an accelerated program, designed for those who hold master’s degrees in related fields, or a traditional graduate education program. There will also be a pipeline to mentor and support high school students who are interested in pursuing a counseling degree in the future.


A federal Department of Education grant provides funding for graduate students who have been accepted into the master’s, certificate of advanced graduate study, or post-master’s certificate program in School Counseling at Springfield College.


To be considered for grant funding, you must, once accepted into the program, complete an application annually. Up to 15 students in each cohort will be provided with tuition assistance annually, which will substantially reduce the cost per credit as well as provide additional assistance for books and other expenses.


Priority will be given to applicants who are:


  • Springfield Public Schools (SPS) or Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) employees who are seeking school counseling licensure
  • Members of the Springfield or Holyoke community who are committed to working in SPS or HPS for a minimum of three years post-degree completion
  • Graduates of SPS or HPS
  • Students who reflect the diverse identities of students in SPS and HPS (e.g., first-generation college students, racial or ethnic minoritized students, Spanish speaking or bilingual students, or other minoritized identities)
  • Students who are AmeriCorps members
  • Students who work for one of our community-based partner organizations (in addition to tuition assistance, and other funding, students who work for partner organizations can receive up to a $10,000 reduction in cost)

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