Psychological Counseling: School Counselor EdM Online

Master of Education in Counseling Psychology - Online

School Counseling Track

The Ed.M. in school counseling provides students with the necessary coursework and training to obtain the school counselor certification in New York State. Our program is dedicated to the preparation of professionals 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.

Online, asynchronous learning can accommodate the schedules of students whose schedules might also include career and family obligations. Make the most of online learning flexibility and stay on track towards earning an advanced degree. The admissions standards, curriculum, and requirements for graduation are the same as our in-person program. The online degree program differs from the in-person program only in the method of delivery. 

Students in this program have access to the same exceptional experience students on campus have: mentorship from accomplished faculty, thought-provoking classroom discourse, connections with peers, and access to opportunity.

The online Master of Education in School Counselor is registered with the New York State Education Department leading to certification as a School Counselor in New York State. Teachers College has made a reasonable effort to determine if the program meets the educational requirements for certification/licensure in other states, however, we have not made an official determination for other states at this time. If you plan to work in any other state and are considering enrolling in the online School Counselor program, please review the additional material provided on that state’s department of education website. Contact information for each state licensing agency is listed here

You may contact the Program Director, Riddhi Sandil, at for more information about certification requirements. She would be pleased to assist you in understanding the requirements for your state.

Teachers College makes every effort to provide current and accurate licensure/certification information. However, licensure/certification regulations change frequently, so it is highly recommended that you contact the licensing agency for the state in which you plan to work for the most up-to-date information.

New York State School Counseling Certification

Master's Student Handbook - School Counseling

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Admissions Information

Master of Education

  • Points/Credits: 60
  • Entry Terms: Summer Only


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  • School Counselor

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

* Program is not currently accepting applications.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The Ed.M. is granted after successful completion of a comprehensive examination, a special project, and 60 points of planned, sequential study beyond the bachelor’s degree, of which at least 48 points must be taken at Teachers College. Approval of transfer credits to the Ed.M. program must be conducted upon admission into the program; transfer credits will not be accepted thereafter. The Ed.M. degree could lead to the doctorate at Teachers College and elsewhere but usually with some loss of time and credits because of differences in emphases between master’s and doctoral programs. Students who apply to the program during or after taking classes at Teachers College as a non-matriculated student can transfer up to 9 points (with a maximum of 8 points in the major) if accepted as a matriculated degree student. Additional information may be found in the Psychological Counseling Program Handbook.

School counseling is one of several areas of specialization within the Ed.M. program in Psychological Counseling (COUS). It is a specialty that allows students to develop appropriate skills to deliver services that are specific to school settings, in addition to learning the essential functions generally found in the counseling profession. A graduate of this specialization is eligible for provisional certification as a School Counselor in New York State after completing the program, including a series of specified courses. Consult the Master’s Student Handbook for more information about the School Counselor specialization. For permanent certification, New York State requires two years of employment as a school counselor and 30 additional credits of graduate work. The credits from the Ed.M. beyond the M.A. will be applied toward the 30. Students planning to obtain New York State Certification in School Counseling use the en passant M.A. to apply for provisional certification. Students should complete the application for certification upon graduation from the M.A. program.

In 2005, Teachers College received approval from New York State to offer a License-Qualifying Mental Health Counseling Program (COUM). Along with completion of required coursework, students can become eligible for licensure when they complete 3000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience in the practice of mental health counseling and pass a national examination. For information regarding licensure, please contact the Office of the Professions, New York State Education Department (

All students in the Psychological Counseling Ed.M. program (COUM and COUS) must take specific required courses in the following content areas:

  • Human growth and development: HUDK 4022, Developmental psychology: Childhood (3); HUDK 4023, Developmental psychology: Adolescence (3); HUDK 4024, Developmental psychology: Adulthood and the lifespan (3); or HUDK 5029, Personality development and socialization across the lifespan (3)
  • Social cultural foundations of counseling: CCPJ 4873, The Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education (1) and two of the following: CCPJ 5165, Racial-Cultural Counseling Laboratory (4); CCPJ 5020, Racism and Racial Identity in Psychology and Education (3) CCPJ 5164, Multicultural Counseling and Psychology (3) (4) CCPJ 4050 Microaggressions in Instituitional Climates (3) or CCPJ 4180 LGBT (Q) Issues in Psychology (3). Please note: one of the two courses must be CCPJ 5020, CCPJ 5164, or CCPJ 5165
  • Counseling theory and practice: CCPJ 4064, Theories of counseling (3) and CCPJ 5371,Foundations of counseling (3)
  • Psychopathology: CCPJ 4000, Multicultural psychopathology (3); CCPX 5032, Adult psychopathology (3); or CCPX 5034, Child psychopathology (3)
  • Group counseling: CCPJ 5025, Group counseling (3)
  • Lifestyle and career development: CCPJ 5062, Career counseling and development (3)
  • Assessment and appraisal: CCPJ 5060, Assessment in counseling psychology (3), and one of the following: HUDM 5059, Psychological measurement (3); HUDM 4050, Introduction to measurement (3); or CCPJ 4066, Foundations of testing and accountability (3)
  • Research and program evaluation: ORLJ 4009, Understanding behavioral research (3) and ORL 5522, Evaluation methods I (3)

    or CCPJ 5070 Evaluation methods in counseling psychology (3)

  • Professional orientation and ethics: CCPJ 4560, Professional and ethical issues in psychological counseling (3)
  • Foundations of mental health counseling and consultation: CCPJ 5371, Foundations of counseling (3) (also listed under Counseling Theory and Practice) and CCPJ 4165, Consultation in community agencies and resources (3)
  • Clinical instruction: CCPJ 5360, Practicum in career and personal counseling (4)
  • One year of supervised fieldwork: CCPJ 5260, Fieldwork in psychological counseling and rehabilitation (6 points total spread over two or three semesters); CCPJ 5263, Supervised fieldwork in elementary school counseling (6 points total spread over two or three semesters); or CCPJ 5265, Supervised fieldwork in secondary school counseling (6 points total spread over two or three semesters).

School counselors (COUS) also are required to take the following:


  • HUDK 4022, Developmental psychology: Childhood
  • CCPJ 5263, Supervised fieldwork in elementary school counseling
  • CCPJ 4160, School counseling for children or adolescents, or
  • Child abuse and maltreatment identification, reporting and intervention
  • Violence prevention and intervention  

High School

  • HUDK 4023, Developmental psychology: Adolescence
  • CCPJ 5265, Supervised fieldwork in secondary school counseling
  • CCPJ 4160, School counseling for children and adolescents, or
  • Child abuse and maltreatment identification, reporting and intervention
  • Violence prevention and intervention

Required courses often are scheduled in the afternoon and evening, so it is possible for students with flexible schedules to attend on a part-time basis and complete the program; however, it should be noted that at times, required courses may be offered during the day and students must be prepared to make needed accommodations. Full-time students generally complete the program in about five semesters. The length of program completion for part-time students varies with the number of points in which they enroll each semester.

In addition to required core courses, students will be expected to select electives from the various areas of psychology and other appropriate disciplines that will provide breadth and depth to their preparation as counselors. Consult the Master’s Student Handbook for further information about Ed.M. program requirements.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.

A special project is required in addition to the 60 points of coursework. Students should plan to complete their project in the same semester that they apply for the Ed.M. degree.

The Comprehensive Exam, which is a mandatory requirement for obtaining the en passant M.A. and the Ed.M., is generally taken in the semester in which 45 credits are completed.

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