About School Counseling
Counseling@NYU offers a master of arts in Counseling and Guidance: School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling, Grades Pre-K–12.
This online program prepares aspiring school counselors to become collaborative leaders in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. As a student, you will take courses that feature principles of equity, social justice, and an understanding of pre-K–12 students from diverse cultural contexts. You’ll gain knowledge of counseling research and practice through course work, a counseling lab, practicum, and internship experiences at schools in or near your community.
As a Counseling@NYU school counseling graduate, you will be prepared to make a difference in the lives of children and families, working with them to achieve personal growth and academic success.
Bilingual School Counseling Concentration
As a student in the school counseling program, you will have the option to specialize in bilingual school counseling. Students in this concentration will learn to develop and apply appropriate solutions to common challenges experienced by students for whom English is a second language. The specialization’s curriculum focuses on bilingual and multicultural theory and on identifying the characteristics of well-adjusted children who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
Careers in School Counseling
The Counseling@NYU school counseling program prepares you for a career within the school system or as a child advocate in community-based organizations. In the school setting, you will be qualified to serve in public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Your work may include providing individual and group counseling support, developing curricula, and working with parents, teachers, and school administration to ensure students’ academic success and healthy socioemotional development.
School counselors improve student success in three key areas: college readiness, academic outcomes, and socioemotional skills. To understand the powerful impact school counselors can have, consider these statistics:
- Students who work with a school counselor before 10th grade are 2-to-3.5 times more likely to apply to college.
- Small-group counseling improves elementary school students’ failing grades by 83 percent.
- School counseling programs help improve the abilities of students in five key areas: cognition, attitude, self-regulation, behavior, and social skills.
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