The Graduate Studies Program in Counselor Education prepares its students to enter the counseling field through one of two pathways: School Counseling or Higher Education Counseling.
School Counseling pathway prepares its students to become members of school guidance departments. The program examines the field of counseling from the three-fold aspect of theory, analysis, and application and follows the CACREP Standards. Students completing this pathway will be eligible for Rhode Island certification as a PK-12 School Counselor.*
* Please note that graduates of the School Counseling path must complete an exit portfolio and pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor assessment to become eligible for state certification. For information regarding this assessment please click here.
School Counseling Program Handbook
Higher Education Counseling pathway prepares its students to move into positions in higher education institutions that require strong counseling skills, such as academic advising, admissions, athletics, residential life, career counseling, etc.
Each of the two pathways follows the same basic structure consisting of 3 components: 1) a common core sequence, 2) a track-specific specialization, and 3) a field component:
Core: Consists of a common set of 7 counseling theory courses. These courses will build the common foundational knowledge that all program graduates should possess, and upon which students can then specialize based on their career aspirations.
Specialization: Consists of 3 courses that focus on the knowledge and skills pertinent to that particular specialization.
Field: Consists of a set of 4 field-related practitioner courses. The difference among the three pathways lies in where the field work is conducted. Students in the School path do their field work in PK-12 schools. Students in the Higher Education path do their field work on college campuses.
*Note that students can take up to 2 courses while their application is under review.
A 2.75 undergraduate gpa is required for conditional admission to the program. A 3.0 or higher undergraduate gpa is required for full admission. A conditional admission indicates that the student will be required to meet additional academic criteria during their initial coursework to gain full admission.
Please click this link for additional admission information for the School Counseling Program.
Please click this link for additional admission information for the Higher Education Counseling Program.
All master's degree program requirements must be completed within 5 years of a student's initial semester of coursework. Full-time students normally complete the program in 2 years, while part-time students normally complete the program in 3 years.
Students must earn a 3.0 or higher cumulative gpa at the completion of their program to be eligible for the degree.
School counseling students must additionally complete a portfolio review to complete the program and pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor assessment to be eligible for RI PK-12 school counselor certification.
*Fulfillment of state certification requirements is the responsibility of the graduate student.