Academics

School Counseling, MEd

A professor in the Counseling and School Psychology program is pointing to the whiteboard during her lecture. Several students are sitting at the table listening attentively.

NEW: All on campus School Counseling students start in the summer semester. Please indicate summer as the start term on your application.  Thank you.  

Download the recommended course sequence/advising sheet.  

It is the mission of the Counseling Program to train individuals in the theory and practice of the profession of counseling such that they become thoughtful and responsive practitioners. The profession of counseling is grounded in the view that counselors facilitate and maximize the development and potential of all persons. Counseling is concerned with the development of appropriate repertoires of adaptive behavior within the environmental context in which the person resides. The counselor respects the ethnic background and diversity of each individual and attempts to promote development congruent with the person's beliefs, values, and personal background.

The University of Massachusetts Boston Counseling Program prepares its graduates to be professional practitioners in a variety of community settings and institutions: hospitals, schools, rehabilitation agencies, career planning centers, employee assistance programs, clinics, residential treatment facilities, and other mental health agencies.

The School Counseling professors will conduct on campus and online interviews with prospective students.

School Counseling (accredited by MPCAC in 2013)

The purpose of the School Counseling program is to prepare thoughtful and responsive practitioners to work effectively in urban schools and communities as school counselors. The program is committed to the preparation of highly qualified professionals who effectively address the needs of children, adults, and families of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and needs. Located within an urban university, the program is dedicated to the training of professionals who most likely will work in, and provide counseling and related activities to individuals representing an urban and diverse population. Students acquire: skills in applying theories and techniques of individual, group and family counseling; knowledge in understanding of the theoretical basis of behavior; an understanding of labor market trends and occupational information; skills evaluation approaches including interpretation of vocational evaluations and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS); knowledge of statistical methods and research analyses; knowledge of the Curriculum Frameworks and their use in the schools; knowledge of consultation and of the coordination of school resources in student advocacy; an understanding of federal, state, municipal and school laws and regulations; knowledge of strategies for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse; knowledge of the spectrum of mental illnesses and violence in Pre-K-12 students; and skills to understand and evaluate ethical dilemmas involving school counseling services.

Goals and Objectives

The primary goal of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology is to prepare highly qualified thoughtful and responsive professionals educated to serve a diverse urban population as family therapists, mental health counselors, school counselors, and school psychologists.  The following objectives are necessary to pursue the department's goal:

1. Students will become knowledgeable and skilled practitioners through training and experiences in:

  • theories of human development
  • theories of individual and group counseling
  • theories of abnormal behavior
  • theories of psychological, educational, and vocational assessment
  • biological/physiological bases of behavior
  • dynamics of multicultural influences on individual worldviews and individual uniqueness.
  • the use of technologies in the practice of our professions, including the psychological limitations and benefits of technology.
  • systems theories and the dynamics of family relationships

2. Students will become caring, principled, and respectful professionals through training and experiences     in:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • humanistic and person centered approaches
  • guided practice in acquiring interpersonal skills
  • ethical principles, standards of practice and respect for persons
  • the actual practice of the profession through practicum and internship

3. Students will become committed agents of change for social justice through training and experiences in:       

  • laws and regulations governing the practice of their profession
  • theories of empowerment
  • theories of oppression and dominance
  • theories of change
  • history of the profession

4. Students will become committed reflective and critical thinkers through training and experiences in:

  • reading, interpreting and using the professional research literature (becoming a practitioner-scientist).
  • theories and techniques of program evaluation and assessments.
  • self evaluation and self reflection activities during practical and internship experiences.
  • self evaluation and feedback through a culminating experience graduate training (e.g. the Capstone).

All applications must be completed by January 2nd.

For information about the on-campus school counseling program, contact Tim Poynton 

For information about the on-line school counseling program, contact Amy Cook

For more information about admissions please email Dan Torres