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Graduate Programs in School Counseling
The Warner School’s school counseling program prepares individuals to pursue leadership roles in schools as facilitators of healthy human development and advocates for change within school systems. The program is designed to prepare students as school counselors providing the academic, career, and social-emotional counseling and developmental learning needed by today’s children and youth.
The program accepts the view of the counselor as a systems consultant, as well as an individual helper. Courses, research, and study are focused on research-based knowledge and skills, and take a holistic approach to change that integrates developmental, contextual, and systemic orientations.
Throughout the program, students learn how to lead the way in implementing change, both among individuals and in a broader society. A unique integrative approach grounds students in the research and theory of human development and counseling—as well as the context in which counseling takes place—while giving them effective clinical experiences that lead to essential skills.
Coursework balances theoretical knowledge and experiential learning where students develop their skills in communication, listening, empathetic understanding, conflict mediation, and other individual and group counseling skills. Clinical placements and internships prepare students for school settings and play a central educational role in these programs, helping students to develop counseling skills and bridge theory and practice.

New York State School Counselor Certification
To work as a counselor in elementary, middle, and secondary schools in New York State, you need to obtain a master’s degree and Provisional Certification in school counseling. Professional (permanent) Certification is also eventually required, and can be obtained through the completion of 12 additional graduate credits after two years of post-degree experience working in a K-12 school setting, offered by Warner as a certificate of advanced study (CAS).
If you are newly certified and are not employed full time in a school, or do not have an offer of full-time employment in a school, you will be issued the Certificate of Qualification (CQ). The CQ is valid for five years, during which time you may take coursework applied toward Permanent Certification. Holders of the CQ may substitute in schools until a permanent job is secured. When you accept a regular position in a school, the CQ must be exchanged for the Provisional Certificate. You then have five additional years in which to complete requirements for Permanent Certification, which include completion of 12 additional graduate credits that can be taken at the Warner School, bringing the total to 60 graduate credits.
Upon completion of these programs, students are eligible to apply for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Board Eligible status as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Our programs have "Approved" status by the New York State Education Department for Provisional Certification as a school counselor.

Program options for individuals interested in preparing as entry-level school counselors (leading to NYS Provisional and Professional Certifications):
- MS leading to NYS Provisional Certification, 48 credits (CS1); Combined Undergraduate and Graduate Program (CS2) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/CS1

- MS leading to NYS Provisional and Professional certification (60 credits) with concentrations in School & Community (CS3) (https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/CS3);
Diversity (CS4) (https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/CS4);
Disability (CS5) (https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/CS5);
Leadership (CS6) (https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/CS6)

All of our counseling students have one thing in common: They are passionate about helping others. If you, too, feel the urge to connect with people and help them in good and bad times, consider counseling.
As a school or community-based mental health counselor, you’ll be helping individuals, families, organizations, and communities make changes that will lead to growth and peace.
At Warner, we will teach you how to work one-on-one with individuals and with groups, and we’ll explore the important role that counselors play in advocating for systems in schools and organizations that promote health, development, and well-being. At the same time, we’ll ask you to do some personal work, so that you are in a good place and know yourself well enough to assist others. You’ll do this with a combination of classroom and field work experiences that put human development theory into practice.





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