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The State of Connecticut offers students a number of schools with degree programs in school counseling. Applicants to such programs must hold baccalaureate degrees, as all of the following school counseling programs may be found at the graduate level; in addition to master's degrees, there is one certificate and one diploma program. In addition to classroom instruction, programs include practicum requirements, a thesis, internship, and/or a comprehensive examination.
Below are overviews of six Connecticut schools that offer school counseling degrees which meet the certification requirements of the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Central Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University in New Britain offers a master's degree in counselor education with a concentration in school counseling. This program, which takes 48-51 credit hours to complete, includes courses in group behavior, counseling children and adolescents, multicultural counseling and career development. Students must spend 100 hours in a supervised practicum and 900 hours in a full-time internship. Graduation from the program requires the completion of a thesis or a comprehensive exam.
Fairfield University, located in Fairfield, has a Master of Arts degree program in school counseling as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in the field. Students in the master's program take courses in human development, assessment, psychopathology and counseling relationships. This program culminates in a comprehensive exam along with a school counseling practicum and internship. Students who complete the master's program can take the national counselor certification exam within the department, but students who complete the certificate program must take the exam on an individual basis.
Southern Connecticut State University
Students at New Haven's Southern Connecticut State University can pursue a 52-credit hour master's degree program in school counseling that includes a 100-hour practicum and a 900-hour internship. Courses include counseling procedures, psychological evaluation, ethics and college-preparation counseling. Practicing school counselors who want to refresh their skills may participate in the sixth year diploma program, which is consists of at least 30 credit hours and can help professionals meet state certification requirements.
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut in Storrs is a public school that provides aspiring counselors with a master's degree program in school counseling. This program involves two years of coursework, a 15-week practicum and a full-time, 10-month internship. This program has four full-time faculty members and includes courses in cross-cultural counseling, educational research, instruction for special needs students and critical issues in counseling. Full-time students can complete the program in two years.
University of Saint Joseph
West Hartford's University of Saint Joseph offers a master's degree in school counseling that includes courses in foundations of school counseling, developmental theories, diagnosis techniques and career/lifestyle development. The program requires students to complete a 100-hour practicum and 10-month residency before they can graduate. Students are also required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam. Classes are held once a week in the afternoon or evening, and full-time students can complete the program in three years.
Western Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University in Danbury has a 48-credit hour master's degree program in counselor education with a specialization in school counseling. Students work with faculty members to develop a personalized schedule, which may include courses like contemporary educational issues, diversity counseling, statistics and interviewing skills. The program takes roughly three years to complete and requires a practicum and internship experience. Students also have the opportunity to take the National Counselor Exam, which is offered at the school twice each year.
Aspiring school counselors in the state of Connecticut must complete a master's degree program that includes 30 semester hours in school counseling along with laboratory and practicum experiences in the field. Students are also required to complete a 10-month supervised school counseling internship. These requirements are often lowered for candidates with several years of teaching experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||School Counseling Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Central Connecticut State University||4-year; public; large suburb||Master of Science in Counselor Education with a specialization in school counseling||$6,188 in-state; $17,240 out-of-state*|
|Fairfield University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Arts in School Counseling,
Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling
|Southern Connecticut State University||4-year; public; midsize city|| Master of Science in Counseling: School Counseling,
Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Counseling: School Counseling
|$6,188 in-state; $17,240 out-of-state*|
|University of Connecticut||4-year; public; large suburb||Master of Arts in School Counseling||$13,026 in-state; $33,812 out-of-state*|
|University of Saint Joseph||4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city||Master of Arts in School Counseling||$17,160*|
|Western Connecticut State University||4-year; public; small city||Master of Science in Counselor Education with an option in school counseling||$6,188 in-state; $17,240 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.