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School Counseling, C.A.S.

The C.A.S. program in School Counseling prepares graduates to be thoughtful, effective, responsive, empathetic counselors in educational settings who advocate for their students and provide support in line with contemporary expectations and cutting-edge best practices.

This program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services follows the national model and standards of the American School Counselor Association in preparing students for permanent or provisional/permanent New York State Certification as a School Counselor.

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 translate into meaningful relationships with faculty and fellow students that support you through the program and into a career as a school counselor.

As a student, you’ll develop knowledge in:

  • Cultural and social diversity theories, and multicultural competencies in research and practice.
    Characteristics, risk factors, warning signs, and action needed for students at risk for learning, mental health, or behavioral disorders.
  • The contemporary roles and responsibilities of school counselor.
  • Systemic approaches to more effectively serve underrepresented students.
  • Data-driven program development and implementation.
  • Individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, and collaboration with other professionals.

Students will also have opportunities to participate in ongoing research projects with our faculty, and attend, present at, and become involved with professional organizations and conferences. You will engage in immersive internships in area schools, as well as network, interview, and observe current school counseling professionals and stakeholders with whom they work. This can include developing and facilitating small group work in P-12 schools, and providing college access services to students, families, and communities.

This program has a 100% placement rate for practicums and internships, and a 90+% rate of employment at graduation over the last 4 years. Our students often have a master’s degree in School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling and enter the C.A.S. program in order to be certified to work directly in P-12 school settings as school, guidance, career, ADAPEP, family support, student assistance, or student support counselors.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment website.

Program Contacts

Yanhong Liu, Assistant Professor
yliu363@syr.edu|315.443.9624
Yanhong Liu
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505
Sindy Pitts, Office Coordinator
skpitts@syr.edu|315.443.2266
Sindy Pitts