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Master of Education in Counseling


The Graduate Studies Program in Counselor Education prepares its students to enter the counseling field through  one of three pathways:  School Counseling, Higher Education Counseling, or Agency Counseling.

The 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.*


The 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. 

The Agency Counseling pathway prepares its students to move into counseling positions in non-profit, governmental, or private counseling agencies.  Students in this pathway often continue on to a CAGS program to become eligible for state licensure as a mental health counselor.

Each of the three 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.  Students in the Agency path do their field work in non-profits, government agencies, or private practices. 

* 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​ 


Program Requirements


All requirements for the master's degree must be completed within a period of five calendar years from the point of admission.  To receive the degree, a student is required to maintain a "B" average in all work.

Counseling Program Book

*Fulfillment of state certification requirements is the responsibility of the graduate student.

The Sequence

Pathway:               School                   Higher Education               Agency

Core Courses:       EDU 501               EDU 501                               EDU 501

                                 EDU 538               EDU 538                               EDU 538

                                 EDU 541               EDU 541                               EDU 541

                                 EDU 542               EDU 542                               EDU 542

                                 EDU 546               EDU 546                               EDU 546

                                 EDU 558               EDU 558                               EDU 558

                                 EDU 562               EDU 562                               EDU 562


Specialization:      EDU 540               EDU 539 or 573                   EDU 539 or 551

                                 EDU 645               EDU 551                               EDU 573

                                 EDU 829               EDU 633 or 645                   EDU 633 or 645


Field Component: EDU 544               EDU 544                               EDU 544

                                 EDU 548               EDU 548                               EDU 548

                                 EDU 561               EDU 561                               EDU 561


                                 EDU 568               EDU 568                               EDU 568




***The Providence College Graduate Studies Program in Counselor Education is also offered in Newport, Rhode Island and is open to the general public.  Classes usually meet one night a week at the Newport Naval Base.  Please contact Dr. Jay Anderson, Program Director, at 508-336-5529 for information regarding this option. 

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