Degrees, Licensure & Certificates

Degree Requirements, MEd School Counseling

The MEd in School Counseling is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as meeting the requirements for initial licensure as a School Guidance Counselor at the K-8 or 5-12 level.  Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in the program's core curriculum and in all subsequent requirements. A total of 60 credits are required. In addition, two evaluative experiences are required to monitor the progress of matriculated students. The first follows the student's completion of 10 academic courses and precedes the internship placement. Before beginning the internship placement, each student must formally demonstrate the academic and personal readiness to be an ethical and responsible counselor-in-training. The second is a Capstone experience requiring MEd candidates to demonstrate their ability to apply, integrate, and synthesize what they have learned. The nature of the capstone experience is described below.

Required Courses (60 credits):

Required courses include 60 credits of graduate courses in research in psychology, college readiness counseling, principles of assessment, ethical standards and professional issues in counseling, abnormal psychology, vocational development, counseling theories and practice, individual counseling, lifespan human development, family therapy theories, orientation to professional school counseling, group counseling, perspectives in cross-cultural counseling, and child abuse and neglect.  See here for a list of all courses

Required field experience:

COUNSL 688 (Practicum) (100 hours)

COUNSL 698 (Internship) (two semesters: 300 hours per semester, six credits per semester/600 hours and 12 credits total)

MTEL: Prior to enrolling in the internship, School Counseling students must pass the communication and literacy skills portions of the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Required Capstone: For the MEd in School Counseling, students are required to pass a Capstone project containing three components: (1) an accountability school counseling practice, (2) a solution-focused case study, and (3) a parent and/or teacher workshop or professional presentation. A portfolio collection of Internship work samples is required to demonstrate skills and competencies in four areas: counseling, consultation, coordination, and curriculum.

Licensure: Successful completion of the MEd in School Counseling leads to endorsement for initial licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a School Guidance Counselor at the K-8 or 5-12 level.

Certificate: Our curriculum includes training which qualifies students for the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certificate.  Professor Poynton is the Career Development Facilitator Instructor for the school counseling program who provides and coordinates the training, which includes COUNSL 661 in addition to other class and field-based experiences. 

Degree requirements, CAGS School Counseling

The CAGS in School Counseling provides students who already hold a Master’s degree in Counseling from a nationally or regionally accredited institution a pathway to licensure as a School Guidance Counselor in Massachusetts.  The program of study is individually designed, based on prior graduate coursework completed within seven years of matriculation in the CAGS program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  A minimum of 18 credits are required for graduates of a counseling program at UMass Boston; a minimum of 30 credits is required for graduates of  all other counseling programs.  To meet licensure requirements, more than 30 credits may be required.  If you believe you qualify for the CAGS program and are interested in applying, please contact the Graduate Program Director for the School Counseling program. 

Please contact Amy Cook, graduate program director, if you are interested in applying to the School Counseling MEd or CAGS program.