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Mission

School counselors can have a powerful influence on children's academic, vocational, personal, and social development. We believe that school counselors are most effective when they work with the multiple contexts that shape children's development. School counselors intervene at the individual level and also at the level of the school, family, and community system. School counselors have an ethical obligation to ensure that the schools within which they work provide quality education for all children.

We believe that all school counselors must be multiculturally competent and committed to social justice and equity in education. We take great care in developing a community composed of our faculty and students and expect everyone to be responsible and contributing members of that community.

Our program is modeled after CACREP standards, is NCATE approved, and satisfies all the requirements for Massachusetts School Counseling Licensure. Our own expectations for students exceeds these requirements. We typically admit 10-12 students per year so that we can work closely with all our students. We only admit students who we anticipate will be develop into exemplary school counselors and leaders in the field.

Child's drawing of different colored hands

We expect that all our students will be leaders in creating equitable educational systems through exemplary skills in:

  • Individual, Group, Career, and Academic Counseling
  • Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy and Systems Change
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Program Coordination
  • Assessment and Use of Data
  • Use of Technology

We expect that these skills will be used in service to promoting the development of public educational systems that serve all children well and facilitate the full development of all children's rich potential.

We believe that is important for all school counselors to practice from a base that includes national and international perspectives. The faculty focuses on international issues in educational equity and are active contributors to the development of the School Counseling profession in the United States. In our program, all students develop an appreciation for the broad issues impacting the practice of School Counseling, knowledge of current models (e.g. the ASCA National Model and National Standards) and evidence-based interventions, and an understanding of the research base that supports practice. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty in the National Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation on research projects that contribute to the development of that base.