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Family Counseling Extension Admission Requirements

Note: Deadline for consideration is March 1 for students admitted only beginning in 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 GPA from a completed undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • Three letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant's potential as a professional school counselor in areas of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, coordination, counseling, technology, and skills in affirming culturally diverse 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 1,100-word essay consisting of responses to 5 application-packet questions. Bilingual School Counseling Extension Certificate applicants must submit the essays in BOTH English and Spanish.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) scores for certified teachers and students planning to seek teacher certification. (Note: a teaching certificate is NOT required to become a school counselor in New York State.) Prospective students who are not State-certified teachers and do not plan to seek teacher certification submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  • A résumé.

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

Last modified: 8/4/2015