School Counseling (PreK-8, 5-12)

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Bridgewater State University
Maxwell Library, Room 019
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Bridgewater, MA 02325
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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 (PreK-8, 5-12) is offered as a Master's (MEd) and a Postmaster's Licensure program.

    • 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

Program Chair: Dr. April Megginson

Admissions Requirements (MEd program)

Invitation to Admissions Interview Day:

  • If the undergraduate GPA is a 3.00 or higher, then a combined GRE score of 281-290 is needed.
  • If the undergraduate GPA is a 2.80-2.99, then a combined GRE score of 291 or higher is needed.
  • If the undergraduate GPA is a 2.50-2.79, then a combined GRE score of 292+ is needed.

Candidates Holding a Master’s Degree:

  • If the master’s degree GPA is a 3.5 or higher, then the GRE requirement is waived.
  • If the master’s degree GPA is a 3.0-3.49, then a combined GRE score of 297 is needed.

Applicants must also submit:

  • Complete Online Application and $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside the BSU department of Counselor Education
  • 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.
  • Passing score of the Communication and Literacy Test of the Massachusetts Teacher Educator Licensure (MTEL) test.
  • On campus interview- Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Interview Day held at the end of November for Spring Admissions and the end of March for Fall Admissions.
  • Students who live, work, or attend school more than 200 miles from the Bridgewater State University may be granted an alternative online admissions interview.

Admissions Requirements (Postmaster's Licensure)

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate study. (If the candidate already holds a master’s degree, a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 is required.)*
  • A minimum composite score of 300 on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education
  • A completed Counselor Education admission application, including a 500-word personal statement related to the intended counseling program option
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed outside of Bridgewater State University
  • Candidates for education programs leading to initial licensure (School Counseling and Mental Health-Dual License) must also provide passing qualifying scores on the Communication and Literacy Skills portions of the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure® (MTEL).

*Candidates who already hold a master’s degree are not required to take the GRE, but may be asked to do so by the Department of Counselor Education if their graduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirement.

Applicant Screening Process

Students who meet all admission requirements as outlined above will be invited to an admission interview day.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1
Spring Semester: October 1

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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.

Required General counseling courses
CNGC 500 - Research and Evaluation

CNGC 520 - Group Experience (non-credit; graded on a (P) Pass/(N) No Pass basis)

CNGC 528 - Counseling Theories and Techniques
CNGC 529 - Multicultural Counseling

CNGC 532 - Psychological Assessment
CNGC 538 - Group I: Theory and Process of Group Interaction
CNGC 539 - Introduction to Career Counseling

Required School counseling courses
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 the School Counselor

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

Required fieldwork
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)

Electives 
Three (3) Credits of Electives. Students are required to take 3 credits of Electives at the 500 level or above

Culminating Experience
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. Students will have the choice of completing one of the following options:

CNGC 585 - Capstone in Counseling - Portfolio

CNGC 586 - Capstone in Counseling - Project Paper

Achieve a passing score on the CPCE Exam

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.

Required general counseling core courses

CNGC 500 - Research and Evaluation

CNGC 520 - Group Experience (non-credit; graded on a (P) Pass/(N) No Pass basis)

CNGC 528 - Counseling Theories and Techniques

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 required courses

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

Required fieldwork
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)

Total minimum credits: 54

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

Mission Statement and Program Objectives:

The principle mission of the Department of Counselor education at Bridgewater State University is to prepare high quality master’s level counselors for various settings in Massachusetts and the nation. More specifically, we prepare; quality School Counselors to serve students, families and communities PreK-12 educational settings; Clinical Mental Health Counselors to serve individuals, families and /or groups in community, non-profit, or private agencies; and Student Affairs Counselors to serve as academic advisors, career advisors, residential hall advisors, or likewise in institutes of higher education. Our objectives are to:

  • Aid students in understanding their professional identity, roles, and relationships on both the micro and macro levels.
  • Train students to be competent in navigations ethical and legal guidelines, professional obligations, and responsibilities to their future clients and or students;
  • Develop expertise in the skills of counseling;
  • Instill a commitment to uphold best practices, as informed by critical consumption of/and current research and literature in the professions of counseling and student affairs across the CACREP core curriculum;
  • Impart an awareness, appreciation, and affinity to honor diversity and social justice issues in the mental health, school counseling, and student affairs professions.