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Counseling Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Counseling Psychology
In the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department

Master of Education > The Ed.M. Program in Psychological Counseling

The Ed.M. Program in Psychological Counseling

Professor Riddhi Sandil, Ed.M. Program Coordinator

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) Program in Psychological Education prepares students to practice mental health counseling or school counseling, and provides students with the necessary coursework and training to obtain mental health licensure or school counseling certification in New York State. 

In general, the program is dedicated to the preparation of counselors who 1) facilitate the optimal development of individuals, groups, and organizations through 2) strategies of prevention, intervention, and remediation that are 3) culturally-relevant and psychologically-appropriate across the lifespan.

Strengths and highlights of our training program include the following elements:

In-depth infusion of racial-cultural and social justice emphases throughout program components. Although our curriculum features certain courses with words like "multicultural" in the titles, our multicultural-social justice instruction does not reside in just those courses. Rather, we conceptualize every course and program experience within the context of a social justice and racial-cultural framework. Not only is this orientation consonant with our belief that socially-just practice is ethical, effective practice, it also allows us to align our work with broader movement toward social equity.

A commitment to the crucial role of experiential training and self-awareness within the best counselor preparation. As a counselor or therapist, the instrument that you use to enact your professional work is you -- so the more aware you are of your own interpersonal style, skills, and biases, the more effectively you can use your instrument. Many students find that some of the most important, challenging, and transformational aspects of their TC training results from courses like Foundations, Group Counseling, and Racial-Cultural Counseling Lab, where students learn about themselves as they learn about the practice of counseling. 

Research exposure and opportunities. As a license-eligible Ed.M. program, our first priority is to train caring, ethical, effective practitioners -- yet, at Teachers College, you have the opportunity to get first-rate practitioner preparation in the context of first-rate scholarship. Our faculty includes researchers whose work has shaped the counseling profession, and every faculty member maintains ongoing research teams to which students at any level of training may apply. To find out more about our faculty's research interests, please consult their individual pages on the TC website.

Our students are prepared to work in a variety of settings, including those that emphasize education (e.g., schools, colleges, and universities) and health (e.g., outpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes). Graduates will be able to apply their skills in school counseling, clinical practice, administration, assessment, and research as well as to produce knowledge, to be leaders in policy development and implementation, and to work in independent practice.

With the help of a faculty advisor, students register for required and elective courses relevant to their needs and career objectives. Depending on their areas of interest and levels of training, graduates have found employment in colleges, adult education centers, hospitals, clinics, health centers, and community and government agencies. Many of our students also go on to study at the doctoral level.

To learn more about licensure requirements, please visit the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions.  If you are interested in eventually obtaining licensure in another state, you will need to research that state's requirements.