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College Counseling

Working on a college campus is perhaps one of the most dynamic and enriching experiences a counselor can have. Counselors have the opportunity to engage in counseling in clinical, residential, advisory, student support, and career development capacities, all in support of the development of the individual student.

Students not only work their way through the development of core counseling skills that are relevant in any area of specialization, but also develop a keen understanding of the context of colleges and universities, how they function, and the legal and ethical ramifications of working in these microcosms of society.

Skill Sets Learned

Students who graduate with this degree are hired into the following areas on 2- and 4-year college campuses:

  • College Counseling Centers
  • Career Counseling Centers
  • Offices for Students with Disabilities
  • Educational Opportunity Programs
  • International Student Advisement
  • Veterans Counseling Centers
  • Academic Advisement
  • Residential Life
  • Student Activities

Credentialing organizations

Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T): Students who successfully complete the MSEd in College Counseling can also utilize this education towards their application in New York for the CASAC-T credential. The Department of Counselor Education is NY State certified as an education provider through the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and Nationally certified as a an education provider through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Students who wish to become certified in schooling or licensed in mental health counseling in New York may also wish to consider a Post-Master’s Bridge Program as well. Students who graduate with the MSEd in College Counseling are eligible to sit for the (NCC) (National Certified Counselor) exam, which is recognized in all 50 states and internationally.


Faculty leadership roles

Department faculty serve in leadership roles as Board Member in the Association for Equality in Excellence in Education, ACA-NY, NYACES, and NARACES.


Descriptions of employment opportunities

Because of the vast number of areas in which a graduate may find themselves working, employment opportunities across the country are common even in trying economic times.

Potential Employment and Internship Sites

The Rochester, New York area is rich with institutions of higher education ranging from 2-year community colleges to 4-year graduate research institutions. As a result, students in the College Counseling program can choose from various sites for internship experiences and employment upon graduation:

  • RIT Counseling Center
  • University of Rochester
  • The College at Brockport
  • Monroe Community College
  • Finger Lakes Community College


Collaboration with other environments

The Counselor Education Department works in collaboration with the College Counseling Center, Health Sciences, Social Work, and other academic departments on campus to facilitate professional training for our students.  

Students involved in professional organizations

Students in the College Counseling emphasis have held membership in the American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association, College and Student Personnel Association of New York State, and the New York Mental Health Counseling Association and its Greater Rochester Chapter.


Students publications

Students have published in CSPA-NYS, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and other counseling journals.

Dobmeier, R., Hernandez, T., Barrell, R., Burke, D., Catlin-Rakoski, S., Hanna, C., Luce, D., Rowe, J., & Siclare, M. (2011). Student knowledge of signs, risk factors, and resources for depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and other mental health problems on campus. CSPA-NYS Journal, 11, 1, 103-122.

Kassirer, S., Delaney, N., Goldstein, L., Davis, M., Dobmeier, R., and Hernández, T. Scope of practice impact on employability in New York State:  Director and counselor views. Journal of Mental Health Counseling (in press).  



Dr. Thomas Hernandez is the Coordinator of the College Counseling program

Dr. Hernandez has served as a counselor and administrator in higher education since 1987. He has worked in 2- and 4-year institutions counseling students with disabilities, low-income students, and first-generation college students. In addition, his work as a career counselor profoundly informs his teaching. Professionally, Dr. Hernández is currently Co-Editor of the New York State School Counseling Journal and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American College Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and the American Counseling Association - New York. He has also been an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Excellence and Equality in Education. Dr. Hernandez is a past-president of the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Currently, Dr. Hernandez serves as a board member for the New York State School Counselors Association and serves on the Western New York School Counselors Consortium.



College Student Personnel Association - New York State

American College Counseling Association

American Counseling Association


College Counseling Plan of Study




Last Updated 9/19/14