2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Counseling, CAS

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Melissa Luke, P.h.D. 259 Huntington Hall, 315-443-2266, mmluke@syr.edu

The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) prepares students in more scholarly depth than does the Master’s degree and meets the New York State academic requirements for permanent school counselor certification. The C.A.S. is appropriate both for students with a Master’s in school counseling and for students who have a Master’s in another specialty within counseling, but wish to pursue New York State certification as a school counselor.

Requirements for the C.A.S. are:

  • A master’s degree in counseling;
  • A minimum of 60 credits beyond the baccalaureate, of which 30 credits must be taken at Syracuse University;
  • Satisfactory completion of a special project (typically completed as part of COU 749 ).

In order to better meet the career needs and interests of our students, the Counseling and Human Services faculty voted to allow current students the opportunity to apply to the Certificate in Advanced Study (C.A.S.) program in School Counseling following successful completion of practicum. The revised application process will allow our current students increased opportunities for course selection if they are interested in, and admitted into the C.A.S. program. As has always been the case, the C.A.S. in School Counseling which leads to state credentialing as a school counselor is open to students across the School Counseling, Student Affairs, and Clinical Mental Health master’s programs.

Programs include extensive fieldwork opportunities in which students gain hands-on experience working with students and clients in a wide range of counseling and educational settings. Students work closely with their advisor, and the fieldwork coordinator to identify settings that meet their individual interests and career goals. The faculty is nationally recognized for their leadership in the profession and all classes are taught by skilled experts and experienced clinicians.

The faculty is deeply committed to the growth and development of their students; faculty work closely with both our master’s and doctoral students. Students are trained in the most current information in counseling and provided the opportunity to develop their skills and succeed in their chosen area of specialization. The department’s goal is to prepare national leaders in counseling. It seeks to develop a diverse group of professionals who will excel in knowledge, skills, commitment, and service in a wide range of educational and community settings.

S.U. Re-Accredited through 2016:

After an extensive review of the Counseling and Human Services Programs, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) recently announced that Syracuse University’s programs have met all expectations, and granted us the full eight year accreditation period for all of our accredited master’s degree programs (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling), as well as our Counselor Education Ph.D. program. This means each of these programs will be accredited by CACREP until 2016. This decision is a testament to the quality education offered here at Syracuse University, and a signal of support for the work that is done here.


** There are no required courses for the C.A.S. program. Students are encouraged to take coursework coincident with their counseling interests.

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