About This Program
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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 school counseling graduate concentration 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 concentration 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.
Complete the application form. No application fee.
Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section.
Graduate Admissions Essay
Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your 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.
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. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume.
Letters of Recommendation
This program requires 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.
This program requires an interview.
Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended
- An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
- 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. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
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 email@example.com.
To submit materials:
After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload their letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
Core Requirements (30 credits)
- COUN 603 - Assessment, Appraisal and Testing in Counseling Credits: 3
- COUN 610 - Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling Credits: 3
- COUN 613 - Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in Counseling Credits: 3
- COUN 614 - Counseling Diverse Populations Credits: 3
- COUN 617 - Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Credits: 3
- COUN 622 - Counseling Theories Credits: 3
- COUN 625 - Group Work: Theories and Practice Credits: 3
- COUN 629 - Counseling Skill Development Credits: 3
- COUN 634 - Human Development Across the Lifespan Credits: 3
- COUN 643 - Career Counseling and Development Credits: 3
School Counseling Requirements
- COUN 645 - Consultation and Collaboration in Schools Credits: 3
- COUN 665 - Prevention and Intervention in Schools Credits: 3
- EDUC 658 - Exceptional Learners: Context, Characteristics, and Legal Considerations Credits: 3
- SCCN 601 - Foundations of School Counseling Credits: 3
- SCCN 684 - School Counseling Practicum Credits: 3-12
(must be taken for a minimum of 3 credits to meet program requirements)
- SCCN 686 - Internship in School Counseling Credits: 3-12
(must be taken for a minimum of 6 credits to meet program requirements)
The priority application deadline for applying for the fall semester is February 15. All supporting materials are due March 15. Completed applications received after March 15, but before June 15, may be reviewed on a space-available basis.