Master of Science in Counselor Education       

Gabriel Lomas, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Coordinator, WS 515
Phone: (203) 837-8512
Nicole DeRonck, School Counseling Coordinator, WS 517 Phone: (203) 837-8513
Gabriel Lomas, CACREP Unit Leader, WS 515 Phone: (203) 837-8512 
Ana Cangialosi, Department Secretary, WS 129 Phone: (203) 837-8510
Fax: (203) 837-8413


Faculty J. Burke; K. Burke; K. Campbell; T. Canada; J. Caruso; M. Daria; M. Delcourt; M. Gilles; J. Jaslow; G. Lomas; C. O’Callaghan; J. Piro; D. Shaw; K. Zaleta

Program Overview

The counselor education program includes a 48-credit school counseling option and a 60-credit clinical mental health counseling program option, each leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

Students develop  a “Plan of Study” with their coordinator and usually complete their program in three years. 

The counselor education program has been nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs since 1996. The school counseling option prepares candidates to work as school counselors in grades K-12. The clinical mental health counseling option prepares students to work as counselors in a variety of community, agency, and clinical mental- health settings. Students are National-Certified Counselor-eligible after passing the National Counselor Exam, administered at Western each fall and spring. In addition, graduates are eligible to become licensed professional counselors upon completing additional requirements set forth by the State of Connecticut.

In view of the responsibilities of the role of counselor in both school and community settings, students whose work is of marginal quality in pertinent courses or who demonstrate personal qualities that are not conducive to the role of counselor will not be recommended either for matriculation or for continuation in the program.

Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives

We are committed to standards of excellence in the counseling profession. The graduate program in counselor education acknowledges a commitment to the students who will pursue professional preparation as community and school counselors and to the larger public served by these graduates. We believe in the inherent worth, respect, and dignity of each person. Our preparation program incorporates the need to develop throughout the life span a greater sense of self-realization with a commitment to serve a diverse society. We are committed to the service of others for the prevention and remediation of life’s problems. We seek to meet the larger goals of Western Connecticut State University, which serves as an accessible, responsive, and creative intellectual resource for the people and the institutions of Connecticut. We strive to meet the needs of a diversified student body through instruction, scholarship, and public service. 

  1. Students will be exposed to a wide range of theoretical perspectives with an appreciation of students’ own belief systems.
  2. Students will be prepared to understand human developmental issues from cognitive, affective, behavioral, and contextual perspectives.
  3. Students will be educated to view human issues from a multicultural perspective.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to facilitate interpersonal and intrapersonal growth in both individual and group process.
  5. Students will be educated to a life-span developmental model for viewing human behavior, including career development.
  6. Students will be educated in methods of contextual evaluation, appraisal, and goal setting.
  7. Students will demonstrate their ability to research and develop interventions for counseling issues.
  8. Students will be encouraged to develop a strong identity with the counseling profession, including an understanding of its history and philosophy, and its present manifestations, through the American Counseling Association.
  9. Students will be educated to the ethical and legal parameters of the counseling profession.
  10. Students will be encouraged to view professional development as a career-long process that includes continuing education and involvement with professional organizations beyond the attainment of the master’s degree.
  11. Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful entry-level counselors within their specific majors.

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: Applications and all supporting documents are due no later than March 1st.

a.  Achieve a minimum of 2.8 GPA for all undergraduate courses.

b. If an applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is below 2.8, the applicant must present a score rated at the 35th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test, as indicated below:

     2.8 or higher- MAT not required

     2.57 to 2.79-35th percentile

     2.47 to 2.56-45th percentile

     2.37 to 2.45-50th percentile

     Below 2.37-60th percentile

c. Complete an undergraduate program that includes a general-education distribution of courses in English, mathematics, science, social and behavioral sciences, foreign language, and fine arts.

d. Submit an essay demonstrating proficiency in English, stating the reasons for wanting to enroll in a counselor-education program, and emphasizing experiences relevant to the field.

e.  Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals able to testify to the student’s suitability as a prospective counselor.

f.  Be interviewed by the program’s faculty admissions committee, which will assess the student’s academic background and personal attributes that might affect the student’s performance as a counselor.

g.  Complete nine semester hours of psychology (if applying for the clinical mental health counseling program) or six semester hours of psychology, including introduction to psychology and human development courses, and a three-semester-hour introductory course in special education (if applying for the school counseling program).

Additional School Counseling Requirements:


Candidates must take a Connecticut state mandated basic skills examination (PRAXIS Core) in mathematics, reading, and writing. This requirement may be met by having previously taken the SAT, ACT, or GRE in those three areas. Information concerning the PRAXIS Core exam information is available in the Office of the Dean of Professional Studies, Midtown campus, 123 White Hall, (203) 837-8575 or in the Office of E&EPY in Westside 249, (203) 837-8510. Go online to the Educational Testing Services for detailed information about PRAXIS Core:

LiveText License Requirement

All candidates who enter degree or certificate programs in Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University are required to purchase a LiveText license before or during the first week of class. LiveText is part of Western’s assessment system and essential for continuous accreditation. Information about purchasing the license is at this link:  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Catherine O’Callaghan, E&EP Chair,

Option in School Counseling

The curriculum for the school counseling option includes the following graduate courses: 

Open to all Graduate Students
6 SH
ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues  3 SH
ED 572 Career Education and Development 3 SH


Open to Students Accepted to Program or by Permission of Chair 6 SH
ED 585 Introduction to Community and School Counseling 3 SH
ED 586 Theories of Counseling 3 SH


Open to Students Accepted to Program Only 36 SH
ED 587 Counseling Diverse Populations 3 SH
EPY 600 Assessment for Counselors 3 SH
EPY 601 Fundamentals of Statistics and Research Design 3 SH
EPY 602 Interviewing and Consultation Across the Life Span: Principles and Techniques 3 SH
EPY 603 Group Work Foundation: Theory and Practice   3 SH
EPY 604 Individual Counseling in the Schools: Clinical Skills 3 SH
EPY 606 Advanced Group Work: Theory and Practice 3 SH
EPY 607 Pupil Personnel Services: Philosophy and Organization 3 SH
EPY 610 Practicum in School Counseling 3 SH
EPY 612/613 Internship in School Counseling 6 SH
Electives 3 SH

Total Semester Hours: 48 SH

Option in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This option leads to counselor licensure and national certification. Curriculum for the clinical mental health counseling option includes the following courses: 

Open to Students Accepted to Program or by Permission of Chair 9 SH
EPY 618 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH
ED 586 Theories of Counseling 3 SH
ED 572 Career Education and Development 3 SH


Open to Students Accepted to Program Only 45 SH
ED 587 Counseling Diverse Populations 3 SH
EPY 600 Assessment for Counselors 3 SH
EPY 601 Fundamentals of Statistics and Research Design 3 SH
EPY 602 Interviewing & Consultation Across the Life-Span: Principles and Techniques 3 SH
EPY 603 Group Work Foundation: Theory and Practice 3 SH
EPY 605 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Skills 3 SH
EPY 606 Advanced Group Work: Theory and Practice 3 SH
EPY 608 Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Management, Delivery, and Consultation 3 SH
EPY 611 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH
EPY 614 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH
EPY 615 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH
EPY 620 Marriage and Family Counseling 3 SH
EPY 621 Drug and Alcohol Counseling 3 SH
EPY 630 Introduction to Psychopathology 3 SH
EPY 619 Crisis Counseling in the Community and School 3 SH
Two faculty-approved electives
6 SH

Total Semester Hours: 60 SH

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