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  Oct 17, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Counseling, School Counseling (PreK-8, 5-12), Postmaster's Licensure


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Department: Counselor Education  

The Postmaster’s Licensure program is designed for individuals who seek initial licensure as a school counselor, and who possess an applied master’s degree in counseling or a related field (e.g., social work, clinical psychology), which has included a formal, supervised internship experience. Each student plans their program of study with a faculty advisor in accordance with the current BSU requirements for licensure as a school counselor, which are aligned with licensure requirements established by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The program will complement previous master’s level course work, and it will include all appropriate field experiences.

Admission Requirements


  • A master’s degree in counseling or related field (i.e., social work or clinical psychology), which included an applied counseling internship with formal supervision
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 from their master’s degree
  • GRE combined score of 1000 or higher (if requested by the Department of Counselor Education)
  • Demonstration of successful experience in a counseling capacity
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education, at least one of which should be from a supervisor who has knowledge of the applicant’s counseling activities
  • A completed Counselor Education admissions application, including a 500-word personal statement related to the student’s intended counseling program option
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed
  • Passing qualifying scores on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)

Applicant Screening Process


Students who meet all admission requirements as outlined above will be invited to an admission interview.

Candidates who meet the following criteria will receive a conditional invitation to an admission interview:

  • A 3.0-3.4 cumulative graduate GPA
  • A composite GRE score that exceeds 1000

Admission Interviews


All applicants with a completed application package and who meet the admissions requirements outlined above will be required to participate in the on-campus Admissions Day interview process. The Admissions Day is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant’s potential for employment as a professional counselor. Admission Day is held on the third Friday of March and third Friday of November each year.

Grade Requirement


Students must receive a grade of “B-” or higher in each graduate course or fieldwork experience; students who receive a grade lower than a “B-” must repeat the course. In addition, students who receive a grade of “F” in any course will be placed on academic probation by the department. Any student who receives a second grade of “F” will be dismissed from the program. Lastly, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or will be placed on academic probation as outlined in the graduate student handbook.

Program of Study


Required fieldwork (12 credits)


  • Students must complete all required prerequisites before entering the field experience (with a minimum grade of “B”).
  • Students must complete all required field experience requirements and may not waive the field experience requirement based on previous experience.
  • Students will meet with their advisor to plan their fieldwork experience. Students need to complete 450 hours of fieldwork in a maximum of four semesters. Students may work 10‑30 hours per 15-week semester and will register for three credits for each 150 hours of fieldwork they will complete that semester. For example, 10 hours per week/150 total hours = three credits; 20 hours per week/300 total hours = six credits; 30 hours per week/450 total hours = nine credits. Students must attend a clinical seminar each semester they are involved in field experience.

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