Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling (Bridge)

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A 12-credit certificate program is offered for those who already hold a master’s degree in counseling. The program provides all the educational requirements for provisional certification in New York State as a School Counselor.

Admission to the Program

The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies. The application process includes:

  1. An online graduate application with the student's 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).

Applicants must have a master's degree in counseling.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

Specialty Courses (3 credits)

  • EDC 619: Counseling in School Settings – 3 credits

Clinical Courses (9 credits)

  • EDC 722: Implementation I: School Counseling – 3 credits
  • EDC 728: Implementation II: School Counseling – 3 credits
  • EDC 735: Implementation Supervision Experience/Theory – 3 credits

Total: 12 credits


Students who complete this program are eligible for the College’s recommendation for New York State provisional certification as a school counselor. Program completion and submission of the recommendation form are also required to secure the College’s recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office.

Per the New York State Education Department, as of February 1, 2023 students will need to earn a master's degree in school counseling to be eligible for Professional Certification as a School Counselor. Individuals in the Certification of Advanced Study in School Counseling Bridge Program will need to complete the Bridge program before February 1, 2023.

Additional Certification Requirement

Each course required for the certificate for this program must be passed with a grade of 'B' or higher.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand models of school counseling programs
  2. Understand models of P-12 comprehensive career development
  3. Understand models of school-based collaboration and consultation
  4. Use assessments specific to P-12 education
  5. Understand their roles as leaders, advocates, and systems change agents in P-12 schools
  6. Understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to the school emergency management plans, and crises, disasters, and trauma
  7. Advocate for school counseling roles
  8. Understand characteristics, risk factors, and warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders
  9. Understand legal and ethical considerations specific to school counseling
  10. Design and evaluate school counseling programs
  11. Engage in core curriculum design, lesson plan development, classroom management strategies, and differentiated instructional strategies
  12. Use interventions to promote academic development
  13. Use developmentally appropriate career counseling interventions and assessments
  14. Use techniques of personal/social counseling in school settings
  15. Use skills to critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement
  16. Use interventions to promote college and career readiness
  17. Use strategies to promote equity in student achievement and college access
  18. Use of data to advocate for programs and students