The Post-Master’s Certificate in College Admission Counseling is designed to provide people currently working in the field of school counseling with advanced preparation in facets of college admission counseling. The certificate program can be completed with 18 credits of post-master’s study, or 12 credits when combined with our MEd in School Counseling.
The curriculum provides students with opportunities to consider issues in the field of college admission counseling from both the K-12 and higher education perspectives through coursework and field experience.
Required Core Courses (4 courses, 12 credits)
A survey of various theories of vocational choice and development, and strategies for the implementation of vocational counseling in the school, agency, or business/industrial setting. Concepts of work, vocational concerns of women and minorities and other major issues also investigated.
This course will discuss issues surrounding admission testing and financial aid practices, admission policies and procedures, diverse students (e.g., first generation, students with learning disabilities, traditionally underrepresented populations in higher education), and the technology tools used to facilitate the college search and application process (e.g., Naviance, ConnectEDU, the Common Application). School-based programs to promote early college awareness will also be discussed, and the perspective of both the high school and undergraduate admissions counselor will be considered. Normally offered yearly
This course will require students to visit a minimum of 8 public and private four-year and 2 two-year higher education institutions. Students will meet with admission, diversity services, and disability services personnel of each college to gain insight into how prospective students with diverse backgrounds and abilities would fit the campus resources and offerings. Normally offered yearly
Historical and current problems regarding access and equity to higher education opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups in the college classroom will be explored, with a focus on research describing the problems, and their solutions Course to be offered yearly by the Administration of Higher Education Program
An approved alternative to COUNS-714 may be selected in conjuntion with an advisor, based on prior preparation
Electives (2 courses, 6 credits)
A survey of problems and issues confronting cultural diversity. The study of ethnicity and sexual orientation as they influence the development of identity. Implications for counseling strategies. Normally offered yearly.
To be considered for admission in the Post-Master's Certificate in College Admission Counseling, you must:
A complete graduate admission application
Students fully admitted to Suffolk's MEd in School Counseling program may combine the certificate with the MEd program by completing a minimum of 12 credits above the Master's degree.
Program Director and Associate Professor