Counseling, School Counseling (PreK-8, 5-12)

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In our fast-moving global community, today’s youths find themselves maneuvering through a multitude of complicated personal and social development barriers. Economic hurdles. Strained family dynamics. Transitional stress. Now more than ever, school counselors play a pivotal role in guiding students toward academic excellence in the face of these sometimes formidable hurdles.

The School Counseling program at Bridgewater State University provides you with the solid leadership and skills required to excel as a school counselor in today’s often challenging academic environment. This advanced degree program offers the training, fieldwork and multi-tasking experience necessary to guide students to success. 

The School Counseling program offers you:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive experience in a variety of school counseling settings
  • Development of critical thinking skills, as well as oral and written communication capabilities
  • Professional development opportunities at local, state and national levels
  • Opportunities to actively participate in state, local and national conferences and gatherings
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Professional leadership skills and development
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Admissions Requirements (MEd program)

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 (or 3.0 based upon last 60 credits). If candidate holds a Master's degree, a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 is required
  • GRE Scores- A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test
  • MTEL Score - A passing score on the Communication and Literacy portion of the MTEL
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a supervisor who has knowledge of the candidate's aptitude for the counseling profession and counseling related experiences.
  • Personal Statement - A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.
  • Interview - Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Day held on the third Friday of November for Spring applicants, and the third Friday in March for Fall applicants

Admissions Requirements (Postmaster's Licensure)

  • A master’s degree in counseling or related field (i.e., social work or clinical psychology), which included an applied counseling internship with formal supervision
  • Minimum GPA- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 from their master’s degree
  • GRE Scores- GRE combined score of 1000 or higher (if requested by the Department of Counselor Education)
  • Demonstration of successful experience in a counseling capacity
  • Letters of Recommendation -Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education, at least one of which should be from a supervisor who has knowledge of the applicant’s counseling activities
  • A completed Counselor Education admissions application, including a 500-word personal statement related to the student’s intended counseling program option
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed
  • MTEL Score- Passing qualifying scores on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)

Admissions Interviews

All applicants with a completed application package and who meet the admission requirements as outlined in the catalog will be required to participate in the on-campus Admissions Day interview process. The Admissions Day is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant’s potential for employment as a professional counselor. Admissions Day is held on the third Friday of March and the third Friday of November each year.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1
Spring Semester: October 1

Graduate Program Director: Dr. April Megginson

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Graduates of the School Counseling MEd program at Bridgewater State University are trained to work in either Pre-K, elementary, middle or secondary school settings found in public, non-public, vocational technical and charter schools.

General counseling core courses (15 credits)
CNGC 500 - Research and Evaluation
CNGC 529 - Multicultural Counseling
CNGC 538 - Group I: Theory and Process of Group Interaction
and  CNGC 520 - Group Experience (non-credit; graded on a (P) Pass/(N) No Pass basis)
CNGC 532 Psychological Assessment
CNGC 539 - Introduction to Career Counseling

School counseling courses (27 credits)
CNSC 515 - Ethical and Legal Issues for the School Counselor
CNSC 516 - Foundations in School Counseling
CNSC 524 - Applied School Counseling
CNSC 526 - Consultation and Collaboration for School Counselors
CNSC 528 - Counseling Theories and Techniques for School Counseling
CNSC 517 Evidence-Based School Counseling Practices
CNSC 520 Development through the Lifespan for the School Counselor
CNSC 521 Clinical Issues in School Counseling
CNSC 525 Crisis and Trauma in the Schools

Required fieldwork (15 credits)
Students will meet with their advisor to plan their fieldwork experience. Students will need to complete 600 hours of fieldwork in a minimum of two semesters and a maximum of four semesters. Students may work 10‑30 hours per 15 week semester and will register for three credits for each 150 hours of fieldwork they will complete that semester. For example, 10 hours per week/150 total hours = three credits; 20 hours per week/300 total hours = six credits; 30 hours per week/450 total hours = nine credits. Students must attend a clinical seminar each semester they are involved in field experience.


PreK-8 fieldwork
CNSC 570 - Advanced Applied Counseling - School Counselor: (PreK-8) (100 hours; 3 credits)
CNSC 571 - Practicum: School Counselor (PreK-8) (600 hours; 12 credits)

Grade 5-12 fieldwork
CNSC 580 - Advanced Applied Counseling - School Counselor: (5-12) (100 hours; 3 credits)
CNSC 581 - Practicum: School Counselor (5-12) (600 hours; 12 credits)

Elective (3 credits)
Complete three credits in counseling (CNGC, CNMH, CNSA, CNSC) courses at the 500-level or above. Students should consult with their academic advisors when choosing an appropriate elective.

Exit requirement: Culminating Experience
As part of the graduation requirement in the department, students are expected to complete a culminating experience which is overseen by members of the Department of Counselor Education faculty. The culminating experience focuses on students’ ability to integrate counseling and development theory into direct practice. Through the culminating experience, students will demonstrate the counseling competencies that align with current CACREP standards (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), as well as standards that align within respective programs of study.

Candidates will complete the culminating experience with the successful completion of one of the following options:
CNGC 502 - Research 
CNGC 585 - Capstone in Counseling – Portfolio 
CNGC 586 - Capstone in Counseling – Project Paper

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

Students completing a master’s thesis must follow the guidelines established by the College of Graduate Studies. Students who are considering pursuing future doctoral studies are especially encouraged to select the master’s thesis option.

Please see the Graduate Academic Policies section of this catalog for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations. 

Total minimum required credits: 60 

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

The Postmaster’s Licensure program is designed for individuals who seek initial licensure as a school counselor, and who possess an applied master’s degree in counseling or a related field (e.g., social work, clinical psychology), which has included a formal, supervised internship experience.

General counseling core courses (15 credits)

CNGC 500 - Research and Evaluation
CNGC 529 - Multicultural Counseling
CNGC 532 - Psychological Assessment
CNGC 538 - Group I: Theory and Process of Group Interaction
CNGC 539 - Introduction to Career Counseling

School counseling core courses (27 credits)

CNSC 515 - Ethical and Legal Issues for the School Counselor
CNSC 516 - Foundations in School Counseling
CNSC 517 - Evidence Based School Counseling Practices
CNSC 520 - Development through the Lifespan for School Counselors
CNSC 521 - Clinical Issues in School Counseling
CNSC 524 - Applied School Counseling
CNSC 525 - Crisis and Trauma in the Schools
CNSC 526 - Consultation and Collaboration for School Counselors
CNSC 528 - Counseling Theories and Techniques for School Counseling

Required fieldwork (12 credits)

  • Students must complete all required prerequisites before entering the field experience (with a minimum grade of “B”).
  • Students must complete all required field experience requirements and may not waive the field experience requirement based on previous experience.
  • Students will meet with their advisor to plan their fieldwork experience. Students need to complete 450 hours of fieldwork in a maximum of four semesters. Students may work 10‑30 hours per 15-week semester and will register for three credits for each 150 hours of fieldwork they will complete that semester. For example, 10 hours per week/150 total hours = three credits; 20 hours per week/300 total hours = six credits; 30 hours per week/450 total hours = nine credits. Students must attend a clinical seminar each semester they are involved in field experience.

CNSC 570 - Advanced Applied Counseling - School Counselor: (PreK-8) (100 hours)
CNSC 671 - Practicum in School Counseling for Postmaster’s (PreK-8) (450 hours) (9 credits)

PreK-8 fieldwork

CNSC 570 - Advanced Applied Counseling - School Counselor: (PreK-8) (100 hours, 3 credits)
CNSC 671 - Practicum in School Counseling for Postmaster’s (PreK-8) (450 hours; 9 credits)

Grades 5-12 fieldwork

CNSC 580 - Advanced Applied Counseling - School Counselor: (5-12) (100 hours, 3 credits)
CNSC 681 - Practicum in School Counseling for Postmaster’s (5-12) (450 hours; 9 credits)

Total minimum credits: 54

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The MEd program in School Counseling is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at finaid@bridgew.edu.

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