Fall 2020 Guidance
In response to COVID-19, university courses and operations remain predominantly online for fall.
Counseling & Psychology

Counseling Psychology: School Counseling

Master of Arts (MA), full-time or part-time graduate program

Encourage, challenge, and support students and their families.

Today, children and young adults face increasing pressure to meet new standards and demands. By training to become a school counselor, you can play a critical role in helping students to achieve their highest potential. At Lesley, you’ll learn to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to coordinate your efforts with teachers, administrators, and parents. And, you’ll become eligible for Massachusetts school counselor licensure (grades PreK-8 or 5–12).




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Program Structure

On-Campus Full- or Part-Time Program

48 Credits
Remote Learning for Fall 2020

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Fall 2020, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

Expected Program Competencies and Outcomes

Learn more about the expected competencies and outcomes that our clinical mental health counseling programs meet:

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    Outcome 1: Professional counselor identity development integrating multicultural awareness, culturally competent counseling, and social justice advocacy interventions

    Outcome 2: Capacity for empathic engagement, therapeutic alliance, and critical self-reflection as a counselor including the recognition of personal worldview and biases to enhance working with diverse groups in school and community settings

    Outcome 3: Knowledge of cognitive, social, and emotional development across the lifespan including ecological, contextual, multicultural, and social justice foundations

    Outcome 4: Understanding of a variety of counseling theories, prevention, intervention, consultation, and social justice advocacy strategies

    Outcome 5: 个人精神病理学,精神健康评估和诊断,通过分类系统,如诊断统计手册(DSM)定义和疾病(ICD)和他们的治疗,预防和与这些系统相关的文化偏见的知识关系的国际分类的知识

    Outcome 6: Ability to conduct an intake interview, use biopsychosocial case conceptualization for treatment planning, and conceptualize and deliver a case presentation in both written and oral form  

    Outcome 7: 关于使用,限制和评估工具的解释与文化偏见的评估方案和评估使用/评估工具和技术的认识知识多样化的客户群体中树立社会公正

    Outcome 8: Skills for training, consulting, and collaborating with families, school personnel, and healthcare providers for education, systems change, and social justice advocacy

    Outcome 9: Understanding of ethical and legal professional standards of care grounded in federal and state laws, public policy processes, and ethical standards of ACA, AMHCA and ASCA

    Outcome 10: 原则和职业辅导,包括职业/事业发展的理论和决策模型的研究方法的知识;职业评估工具和技术,与社会正义理论的人的职业/事业发展的应用

    Outcome 11: Understanding of how to critically evaluate and interpret traditional and social justice oriented research and apply relevant research in counseling practice with the knowledge of cultural biases associated with research practice

    Outcome 12: 群论,有效组的干预,团体动力学原理,群体过程和集团领导,和小组工作的理论和实践,以组织动态与艰难的环境下社会公正倡导应用知识

    Outcome 13: Neuroscience, physical and biological foundations of human development, behavior and wellness; including the use of neuro-scientific research findings for culturally competent counseling practices and social justice advocacy interventions

    Outcome 14: 组成,专注于促进心理健康,人的发展,保健,文化能力和社会公正倡导的监督域布局经验后,适当资格的专业人员的临床监督下

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“Principals and guidance counselors trust that our graduate students are well prepared to lead group sessions and help their guidance staff provide psychosocial support to their students.”
Dalia Llera, Professor Emerita, Counseling & Psychology
Licensure Information

Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to practice, and the licensure requirements within that state, there are different pathways toward licensure or credentialing that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, we strongly encourage prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts to visit the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing webpage and review the “Licensure Information for Students and Applicants” document for their specific program.

Counselors, therapists, and other mental health practitioners were trained at Lesley University in the last 5 years, making us the largest provider of training for licensed mental health counselors in New England.
Massachusetts is the best state in the nation for mental health care according to Mental Health America, with excellent access to care for both youth and adults.
Careers in mental health counseling are expanding, with projections for a 22% increase in job openings from 2018 to 2028. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Jobs You Could Have
The field of mental health counseling is expanding rapidly, making this an exciting time to pursue graduate study. Common job titles for people with master's degrees in mental health counseling include:
Where Graduates Work
Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area have a large concentration of medical, healthcare, and mental health-related facilities and organizations. Graduates find careers in a wide range of places, including:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Counseling Psychology: School Counseling
  • Tuition
    $1,190/credit x 48
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    Materials Fees
    Registration Fees
    Activity Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fees
  • Merit Scholarship
    Merit Scholarship
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The Division of Counseling & Psychology awards merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $12,000. Other forms of financial aid may also be available.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Fall 2020:

For most of our graduate programs where delivery modalities have been changed, we are reducing those per-credit rates for the Fall 2020 semester. And many fees associated with a physical presence on campus will be reduced or eliminated. Learn more about graduate tuition and fees, including discounted Fall 2020 rates.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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