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School Guidance Counseling
- Grade Levels: PreK-8 or 5-12
- Credits for Licensure: 48
Master of Education
Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education
School Guidance Counseling is treated as professional counseling which enhances child and adolescent students’ access to high quality educational and vocational experiences and facilitates their ability to make good use of opportunities. The program emphasizes the role of the school counselor as a facilitator of educational reform, reducing barriers in the multicultural 21st century: a group worker skilled in developmental guidance, a practitioner helping students find their academic niche and community resources, an interpreter of assessment tools, and a consultant to students, parents, and staff. At Cambridge College locations outside Massachusetts, this program is non-licensure only.
Special Academic Requirements
- All new students must register for the non-licensure option until they pass the MA Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL).
- For non-licensure, all program components are required except the teacher tests and the internship and internship seminar, which are replaced by CCP550 and CCP615. Non-licensure students must complete all pre-practicum hours embedded in the courses.
School Guidance students develop their professional philosophy, principles and practices for their work with students and parents as well as teachers and administrators. They gain and apply knowledge of research in school guidance; the psychology of learning; curriculum frameworks and student testing; normal and abnormal intellectual, social, and emotional development; and diagnosis and treatment of learning and behavior disorders. They learn strategies for prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, the spectrum of mental illnesses, and violence in PreK-12 students. They gain resources and skills to effectively help students plan for post-secondary education and careers. They become familiar with relevant federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations; group counseling; leadership and consulting techniques; and school and community resources for referral.
Careers and Further Study
Graduates are qualified to become licensed school guidance counselors in public schools.
Take CCP 613 or CCP 614.
Pre-Practicum — 75 hours of directed field-based training in conjunction with Term 1 courses.
The internship is 2 terms @300 hours, 600 hours total, guided and evaluated by a licensed/certified guidance counselor in the classroom and by a licenced/certified Cambridge College visiting site supervisor. Internship locations are subject to state regulations and must be approved by the program chair. Students are responsible for discussing options for internship with the program chair.
CSG 790-791: register for the level of your choice each of two terms.
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 non-licensure option 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.
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