Counseling MEd/CAGS (On Campus)
The purpose of the Counseling Program is to prepare thoughtful and responsive practitioners to work effectively in urban schools and communities as school counselors. The program is committed to the preparation of highly qualified professionals who effectively address the needs of children, adults, and families of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and needs. Located within an urban university, the program is dedicated to the training of professionals who most likely will work in, and provide counseling and related activities to, individuals representing an urban and diverse population.
Counseling Program Options
- The on-campus program offers blended courses with both on campus and online coursework. Classes meet once per week during the fall and spring semesters. Courses are typically scheduled back to back at 4 p.m. (EST) and 7 p.m. to reduce commute time to campus. Students typically attend campus classes no more than twice per week. Summer classes are delivered online, typically after 6 p.m. (EST), once per week.
- The online program is predominantly online, with the exception of two courses completed in-person during the first summer semester over a two-week intensive session.
Why Apply to UMass Boston's Counseling MEd/CAGS Program?
The Counseling Program also includes training opportunities to become a Career Development Facilitator (CDF), which may lead to employment opportunities in a variety of settings that provide career coaching, counseling, and related services.
Students also have the option of adding an adjustment counseling concentration to their plan of study, which requires two additional courses, as well as additional internship hours. The adjustment counseling concentration allows students to be eligible for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education K-12 initial level licensure as a school adjustment counselor
At the end of the program, you will be eligible to apply for licensure to work as a school counselor in Massachusetts provided you complete internship in Massachusetts. Our program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Massachusetts. Please check with an admissions counselor at email@example.com to determine if our program meets educational requirements for practice in your state. Regardless, internship must be satisfactorily completed in Massachusetts to certify that you have completed a state-approved program.
Letters of Recommendation
One year of experience in the field (preferred); minimum of two social science courses; statement of purpose; transcripts; résumé, interview
Visit https://www.umb.edu/bursar/tuition_and_fees for cost information. Note that online courses are typically billed at the CAPS course fee rate. Contact the program representative with any further questions.
- COUNSL 601 – Research and Evaluation in Psychology
- COUNSL 605 – Principles of Vocational,Educational, and Psychological Assessment
- COUNSL 608 – Abnormal Psychology
- COUNSL 613 – Vocational Development and Career Information
- COUNSL 614 – Counseling Theory and Practice I
- COUNSL 617 (prereq. 614) – Child and Adolescent Counseling
- COUNSL 620 – Clinical Application of Human Development
- COUNSL 622 (prereq. 614 or 621) – Family Therapy Theories
- COUNSL 630 – Orientation to Professional School Counseling
- COUNSL 632 – Collaborative Consultation in Schools
- COUNSL 633 – Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in School Counseling
- COUNSL 635 – Behavioral Counseling
- COUNSL 650 (prereq. 614) – Group Counseling for Children and Adolescents
- COUNSL 653 (prereq. 614 and 615 or 617) – Cultural Diversity in Counseling
- COUNSL 660 College Readiness Counseling
- COUNSL 688 (prereq. 614 and 630) – Practicum in School Counseling
- COUNSL 698 (prereq. 688, 605, 606, 608, 613) – Internship
Additional adjustment counseling courses:
- COUNSL 631 – Principles and Practices of School Adjustment Counseling
- COUNSL 674 – Psychopharmacology for Counselors
Through completing the Counseling Program, students acquire skills in applying theories and techniques of individual, group and family counseling; knowledge in understanding of the theoretical basis of behavior; an understanding of labor market trends and occupational information; skills evaluation approaches including interpretation of vocational evaluations and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS); knowledge of statistical methods and research analyses; knowledge of the Curriculum Frameworks and their use in the schools; knowledge of consultation and of the coordination of school resources in student advocacy; an understanding of federal, state, municipal and school laws and regulations; knowledge of strategies for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse; knowledge of the spectrum of mental illnesses and violence in Pre-K-12 students; and skills to understand and evaluate ethical dilemmas involving school counseling services.
The Counseling Program, housed within a public urban university, is dedicated to the training of professionals who are prepared to provide counseling and related activities to individuals from various diverse backgrounds in school and university settings.
Priority Deadline: January 2
Final Deadline: April 1
Applications are reviewed regularly before the deadline. We recommend submitting your application early as the cohort typically fills up before the April 1 deadline.
Note: If you’re having difficulty completing or submitting any application requirements because of disruptions related to COVID-19, contact firstname.lastname@example.org before the application deadline to discuss potential submission extensions or exceptions.
|Number of applicants||79|
|Number of acceptances||59|
|Number of enrollees||39|
|% enrolled (out of acceptances)||66%|
|Number of total students||73|
|Graduates (Aug/Dec/May 2021)||26|
|Number of faculty||11|
|Courses taught by adjuncts or 4th or 5th year PhD students||59%|
- Amy Cook, Department Chair, Associate Professor, and Graduate Program Director of Counseling, College of Education and Human Development
- Laura Hayden, Interim Dean and Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development
- Timothy Poynton, Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development