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M.A. Plan of Study

The Counseling emphasis is comprised of 60 semester hour credits . Course offerings are provided in a systematic manner to insure that students complete their program plan of study within a two (2) academic year, or four (4) semester time period. Limited course offerings are also provided during the summer semester. Following acceptance to the program, some students elect to begin their studies during the summer semester, however, most students begin their program of study during the fall semester following acceptance to the program.

Syllabi for all courses in the Educational Psychology: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology may be obtained by students prior to course enrollment from the course professor, and/or by contacting the departmental secretary in the Department of Educational Psychology, at (860) 486-4031.

Two Year Program:

Fall 1

  • EPSY 5307 — Professional Orientation for School Counselors
  • EPSY 5315 — Counseling Techniques
  • EPSY 5316 — Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • EPSY 5318 — Human Development Over the Lifespan

Spring 1

  • EPSY 5301 — Group Processes in Counseling
  • EPSY 5306 — Principles of Career Development
  • EPSY 5308 — Counseling Theory and Practice
  • EPSY 5317 — Fieldwork in School Counseling (Practicum)

Summer 1

  • EPSY 5314 — Appraisal Procedures in Counseling

Fall 2

  • EPSY 5601 — Principles and Methods in Educational Research
  • EPSY 5320 — Critical Issues in Counseling
  • EPSY 5319 — School Counseling Internship
  • EPSY 5195 — Post-Secondary Admissions Course

Spring 2

  • EPSY 5108 — Instruction for Students with Special Needs in the Mainstream
  • EPSY 5319 — School Counseling Internship
  • EPSY 5406 — Consultation Theories and Practices
  • EPSY 5304 — School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation
  • EPSY 5314 — Appraisal Procedures in Counseling (offered every 3 years)


Part-Time Students:

You will begin your coursework in the first two-semesters by taking the following courses:

Fall 1

  • EPSY 5307 — Professional Orientation for School Counselors
  • EPSY 5308 — Counseling Theory and Practice

Spring 1

  • EPSY 5304 — Foundations and Content in School Counseling
  • EPSY 5315 — Counseling: Advanced Practice

The courses typically offered during the summer semester include:

  • EPSY 5304 — Foundations and Content in School Counseling
  • EPSY 5601 — Principles and Methods in Educational Research
  • EPSY 5108 — Instruction for Students with Special Needs in the Mainstream

The sequence of the coursework and the educational experiences of the curriculum are developed as a plan of study designed with each student’s advisory committee (i.e., major advisor and two associate advisors) and in accord with the standards and criteria established by:

  1. Criteria for Program Accreditation of the “Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs” (CACREP).
  2. National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), Criteria for Counselor Certification, American Counseling Association.
  3. State of Connecticut Certification Regulations for School Counselors.

Environmental and Specialty Standards for School Counseling

Embodied in the philosophy, curriculum, and content of its course offerings is a focus and emphasis on environmental and specialized studies that include:

  • Meeting the needs of a diverse population at all levels in urban schools
  • The American School Counseling Association’s National Model for School Counseling
  • The National Transforming School Counseling Initiative (The Education Trust, Inc.)