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School Adjustment & Mental Health Counseling
- Credits for Licensure: 60
- Credits: 60
Master of Education
The School Adjustment and Mental Health Counseling program trains mental health professionals to work within the school culture and in clinical settings serving the mental health needs of PreK-12 students and their families. The use of evidence-based counseling strategies when working with children and adolescents in school settings is emphasized.
Students have the ability to augment this degree with the concentration options listed below. Descriptions for some of these options can be found in the School of Psychology and Counseling Certificate offerings. Options will vary per location. To learn more about the available options contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-829-4723.
- Addictions Counseling
- Geriatric Mental Health
- Holistic Counseling
- Pastoral Counseling
- Trauma Studies
Students learn and apply the principles and best practices of counseling, including various psychotherapeutic techniques for work and individuals, couples, families and groups; group counseling; and consultation to organizations and communities. They study human development, dysfunctional behavior and mental illness. They learn to assess, diagnose and treat within the scope of the counselor’s practice, and become able to utilize community resources for referrals. They learn and apply strategies for prevention and treatment of substance abuse, domestic violence, the spectrum of mental illnesses; and learn to use psycho-educational techniques aimed at preventing such disorders. They become familiar with state regulations applicable to mental health practice and licensure.
Careers and Further Study
Students are prepared to meet the licensing standards of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition, graduates may apply for the following credentials:
- School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor (all levels) Program approved by the Mass. Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education as preparation for initial licensure
- Mental health counseling licensure by the Mass. Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals. Candidates must also pass an exam and complete two years of post-master’s supervised clinical practice.
- Students completing the Alcohol/Drug concentration are eligible for CADAC certification by MBSACC and LADC licensing by the Mass. Dept. of Public Health
- Students completing the Trauma concentration are eligible for Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), a credential from the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, International Certification Board (ATSS)
Take CCP 561 or CCP 715.
Students electing Addictions Counseling or Trauma Studies take only two school adjustment electives.
Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.
$50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
Interview - Applicants must be ready to demonstrate the following:
- your competencies and knowledge appropriate to the subject area at the level of licensure sought
- strong oral and written communication skills including organization and clarity of thought
- ability to communicate ideas, and correct use of English
- enthusiasm, sincerity, and serious intent to become a licensed educator
Matriculation - All new students must register for Mental Health Counseling until they pass the MA Communication and Literacy Test
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more
International Students – Additional Requirements
International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.
Transfer Credit Request Form
Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.
Credits for Licensure:
Cost per credit hour:
$50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
$110 (charged in last term)
Health Insurance Fee:
$1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)
Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.
Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more
Grants, Scholarships and Loans
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