Department of Counselor Education

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Department of Counselor Education

184 Albert W. Brown Building
(585) 395-2258

Chairperson and Associate Professor: Susan Rachael Seem, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS, Pennsylvania State University; Associate Professor: Thomas J. Hernandez, EdD, LMHC, University of Rochester; Assistant Professors: Patricia Goodspeed, EdD, LMHC, NCC, University of Rochester; Leslie A. McCulloch, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS, University of Rochester; Summer Reiner, PhD, LMHC, NCC, University of Connecticut; Robert Dobmeier, PhD, LMHC, CRC, University of Buffalo.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to educate excellent practitioners of counseling who choose an emphasis for special preparation in college, mental health or school settings. In doing so, the department enhances the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors who advance the counseling profession and promote respect for human dignity and diversity. Counselors are individuals with an advanced degree (MSEd, MS, CAS) who apply mental health, psychological or human development principles that address wellness, personal growth, career development and pathology. The MSEd program in Counseling (College Counseling and School Counseling emphases) is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The MS program in Mental Health Counseling follows CACREP standards and plans to seek accreditation. The department also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) leading to permanent New York State School Counselor Certification.

Philosophy and Purposes
This program seeks to prepare excellent counselors who choose an emphasis for special preparation in college, mental health or school settings. Such counselors possess knowledge of human behavior and social systems, counseling and communication skills, self-awareness, and respect for human dignity and diversity. As a result, they are able to integrate this knowledge, skill and attitude with their personhood. This combined emphasis on skill development, theory and utilization of self produces counselors who function effectively in a variety of mental health settings and who have a positive impact on the individuals, agencies, institutions and/or communities in which they work.

The philosophy of the program emphasizes the personhood of the counselor and utilization of self as the most important instruments in effecting therapeutic and systemic change. Thus, classroom instruction combines experiential (self) and didactic learning to create opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and understanding and utilization of self necessary to be effective counselors. Further, the program exposes students to multiple theoretical orientations. Finally, students are expected to learn how to learn by acquiring the skills necessary to continue personal growth and professional development while in the program and after the completion of their formal education.

Program Objectives
Students realize the above statement of purposes and philosophical beliefs through successful achievement of the following objectives. At the completion of the MS in Education-Counseling and MS Mental Health Counseling students will be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between self-awareness and counselor effectiveness, and employ this understanding in the professional practice of counseling.
  2. Provide effective individual counseling.
  3. Provide effective group counseling.
  4. Perform effectively in the general counselor functions identified for the appropriate employment setting.
  5. Effectively address issues and concerns related to a diverse society that arise while functioning as a counselor.
  6. Apply legal and ethical principles in the practice of counseling.
  7. Consult effectively with appropriate personnel and clients.
  8. Address issues of career development in the practice of counseling.
  9. Effectively apply measurement and evaluation concepts within the counseling process.
  10. Apply an understanding of human growth and development from childhood through adulthood to the practice of counseling.
  11. Conduct needs assessment and significant research in the development of counseling projects.
  12. Understand the counseling community, the roles and functions of the professional counselor in a variety of settings, significant professional organizations, and the importance of professional standards and credentialing.

Objectives are achieved through the two masters level programs:

  1. Master of Science in Education in counseling (students chose one of two emphases):

    School Counselor Emphasis prepares graduates to work in a K-12 setting eligible for New York State Provisional School Counselor Certification. 48 credits. (CACREP Accredited)
    College Counselor Emphasis prepares graduates to work in two and four year post- secondary settings. 48 credits. (CACREP Accredited)

  2. Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

    This program prepares graduates to work in community/mental health agencies or institutions. Graduates are eligible to take the New York State exam for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State. 60 credits.

Certificate of Advanced Study for School Counselors
Beyond the 48-credit MSEd-Counseling program for School Counselors, the department offers a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) that leads to permanent New York School Counselor Certification, providing the candidate meets the experience requirement. Applicants to this program must possess a New York State School Counselor Provisional Certificate. Students admitted to the CAS program may be given up to 48 credits for courses completed as part of their masters degree, leaving 12 credits to complete in fulfillment of the 60-credit CAS requirement. Students matriculated in a masters degree or a CAS program in the department who desire provisional or permanent school certification must contact the Office of Certification at SUNY Brockport, (585) 395-2344.

Admission Requirements and Student Selection
There is no single factor or test score to determine student admission to the Master of Science in Education-Counseling program (College and School Counseling Emphases) and the Masters of Science - Mental Health Counselor; however, a bachelors degree is required. Data used to reach an admissions decision include:

  1. a graduate application with the students written objective for entering the program;
  2. all undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and
  3. three letters of recommendation (from an employer, a professor, and a character reference).

In addition, there is an interview process that involves two steps. First, all applicants who submit a completed application will be invited to an on-campus session at which they will provide written responses to audiotaped client vignettes. Then department faculty review candidates application materials (numbers 1, 2 and 3 above) and their level of facilitativeness score derived from their responses to the audiotaped client vignettes. Second, selected applicants are invited to a group interview that involves all Counselor Education faculty and approximately eight to 12 applicants. This interview assesses sensitivity, oral /verbal ability, communicative skills (including feedback), self-awareness and interpersonal skills.

After reviewing these data, the Counselor Education faculty discusses all information regarding each applicant. The decision to accept or reject an applicant lies wholly within the jurisdiction of the department.

Application forms can be obtained by calling the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 395-5465; sending a request by mail to the Office of Graduate Admissions at SUNY Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420; or by e-mailing Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for further information, or visit for details on the application deadlines for this program.

General Program Requirements
Students are expected to have completed an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better. If a student has not taken an undergraduate statistics class, the student must meet with his or her advisor to discuss this. The student must take and pass, with a C or better, an undergraduate statistics course approved by his or her advisor before taking EDC 606. This undergraduate credit will not be counted in the credits required for the MSEd and MS degrees.

A maximum of nine graduate credits from another accredited college or university will be permitted for transfer to the degree program and only three credits to the CAS. These credits may not be more than five years old.

Credit for courses taken before matriculation may be given if a grade of B or better has been earned and if the courses have been taken during the preceding five years. Such retroactive credit should not exceed more than six credits. It is strongly recommended that a student complete only EDC 501, 502 or 503 before matriculation.

No students shall be permitted to enroll in EDC 722, 723 or 724 unless they have successfully completed all of the prerequisites. Any student with an incomplete grade in any of the prerequisite courses must remove the incomplete grade prior to enrolling in EDC 722, 723 or 724.

All required courses and competencies for required courses must be passed at a B level or better.

Students who are deemed as not making reasonable progress toward the degree, as defined by published College policy, may be dismissed from the program. Any matriculated student who fails to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better in his/her program will be assigned probationary status. Please see the Academic Policies section in this catalog for specifics.

Endorsement Policy
The department will endorse students for appropriate placement based upon the program and/or emphasis that they have completed.

Degree Requirements: MSEd in Counseling
College Counselor Emphasis (48 credit)
Students must complete the following program:

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDC 502: Self in Society - College Counselor 6
EDC 602: Counseling Concepts* 3
EDC 603: Group Counseling Concepts* 3
EDC 604: Career Development Concepts 3
EDC 606: Research and Program Evaluation 3
EDC 612: The Human Experience 3
EDC 614: Contemporary Issues 3
EDC 685: Measurement and Evaluation** 3
EDC 720: Integration and Application of Basic Concepts 3
EDC 721: Clinical Experience for Integration 3
Workshop: Child Abuse Reporting
(Environmental Emphasis)
EDC 626: Counseling in College Settings 3
EDC 723: Implementation I - College Counselor*** 3
EDC 726: Clinical Experience for Implementation I College Counselor 3
EDC 729: Implementation II - College Counselor 3
Elective (by Advisement) 3
Total: 48

Last Updated 11/20/18

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