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The University of Massachusetts School Counselor Education Program of study meets the Massachusetts State and the National Council for Accreditation of Teaching Education (NCATE) certification requirements. Consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program of study (CACREP), students are provided with curricular experiences so they can demonstrate knowledge and skills in each of the following core areas: (a) human growth and development, (b) social and cultural foundations, (c) helping relationships, (d) groups, (e) lifestyles and career development, (f) appraisal, (g) research and evaluation, and (h) professional orientation. Upon completion of all core course requirements students participate in a 600 hour practicum under the joint supervision of a certified school counselor and a program of study faculty member. Students who complete the program of study are recommended for provisional licensure with advanced standing (grade levels preK-8, 5-12, or preK-12) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

All students admitted into the School Counselor Education Program of study are admitted at the Master's/CAGS level. That is, they have the option of obtaining a Master's and also completing additional course work to earn the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). State certification requirements necessitate that students earn at least 48 credit hours to obtain a terminal Master's degree in School Counseling. We encourage students who have completed the requirements for the Master's to file the appropriate form to obtain their Master's degree, even if they plan to continue on to earn a CAGS.

For Master's students, at least 12 credit hours must be graded (A, B, C, D, F) and any portion of the rest may be taken pass/fail. Twelve credit hours must be taken in courses at the 600-800 level. At least 21 credits must be taken in the College of Education. Master's studetns can transfer in up to 6 credits from an outside university and 6 credits taken as a nondegree student, provided the courses were not used preveiously for another degree and are not taken more than 3 years before the student starts UMass. Transfer credits cannot be counted toward the 18 graded credits.

CAGS students take a total of 63 credits. All CAGS classes must be taken at UMass. The typical total time period in which to earn the Masters degree and CAGS is three calendar years from acceptance into the program of study. Master's/CAGS students are granted a five year period. Many students who initially expect to earn a terminal Master's degree decide to work towards a CAGS, so they can gain additional knowledge and competencies.

As in all certification areas for school personnel in Massachusetts, students are expected to take the Literacy and Communications portions of the MTEL prior to entering the program or in the fall of their first year. Students are required to pass this exam before they can complete practica in public schools in Massachusetts. 

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