School Counseling PreK-12, M.S.

The residential master’s degree in School Counseling P-12 prepares graduates to be thoughtful, responsive, and empathetic counselors in educational settings who advocate for their students and provide support in line with contemporary expectations and cutting-edge best practices.

Significant scholarships and tuition stipends available for diverse future school counselors to work with students with disabilities with high-intensity needs in high-needs schools through Project IMPRESS

This program helps students develop the dispositions, knowledge, and skills to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. Graduates are change agents who develop and implement holistic, data-driven school counseling programs that include both direct and indirect services, program planning, and management.

This CACREP-accredited program follows the national model and standards of the American School Counselor Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors, and meets the academic requirements for initial and professional New York State certification as a School Counselor. Students learn in person through the School of Education on the Syracuse University campus.

Application Deadline: January 15 | More admissions information

Why School Counseling at Syracuse?

  • 100% employment rate at graduation over the past 3 years.
  • Opportunities to participate in ongoing research projects with our faculty, and attend, present at, and become involved with professional organizations and conferences.
  • Our faculty are actively engaged in research, practice, and leadership in the field of school counseling, both locally and on the national level.
  • Small class sizes and access to highly engaged faculty members translate into meaningful relationships that support you from your time as a student to your career as a school counselor.
  • Hands-on experience from the start including opportunities to interview and observe current school counselors, facilitate group counseling sessions in school settings across grade levels, and take part in simulated model counseling sessions.

Our graduates are in demand for roles in K-12 schools, higher education, and other youth settings including:

  • School and Guidance Counselors
  • Career, Student Support, Admissions Counselors
  • Directors of Guidance or Counseling
  • Family Support or ADAPEP Roles
  • Further studies in Counselor Education, or another area of interest
Counseling and Human Services Programs Information

Program Contacts

Breana Nieves Vergara, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Ahram Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor
Ahram Lee