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Admission Requirements for Counselor Education

Note: The deadline for consideration is March 1 for students who wish to begin attending classes during the fall term.

  • A completed bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education and original transcripts from all prior undergraduate and/or graduate institutions.
  • A minimum 3.0 G.P.A. from a completed undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • Two letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant's potential as a professional counselor in areas of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, coordination, counseling, technology, and skills in affirming culturally diverse student populations. These letters should be from persons such as college or university faculty, K-12 school personnel, and community and family agency personnel.
  • A completed application, including a 1,000-word essay consisting of responses to questions found in the graduate admissions on-line application, for the counselor education program.
  • Currently certified New York State teachers may submit a copy of their teaching certificate. (Note: A teaching certificate is NOT required to become a school counselor in New York State.)
  • A résumé

Candidates who satisfy the preliminary admissions requirements will be invited to a group interview and be asked at that time to provide a writing sample.

Last modified: 8/4/2015