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M.S.Ed. Program in Counselor Education

Lehman offers a CACREP and NCATE accredited, 48-credit graduate program in Counselor Education. Graduates of the 48-credit Counselor Education program are eligible for initial and permanent School Counselor Certification in New York State. Counselor Education students are also encouraged to pursue national school counselor certification through the National Board of Certified Counselors and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Counselor Education faculty and students collaborate with Bronx and other New York City borough-based and suburban K-12 public and private schools, as well as college counseling and community-based organizations.

Students enrolled in Lehman's Counselor Education program are introduced to a comprehensive body of knowledge. The program focuses on the professional counselor's leadership roles in collaboration with teachers, administrators, families, caregivers, health professionals, community resource networks, and others to promote equity and success for all children, youth, and families through delivering specific competencies to all students and helping to close achievement, opportunity, and attainment gaps in K-12 schools.

School Counselors learn to be advocates for social justice and follow the professional counseling codes of ethics and standards of practice to empower culturally and linguistically diverse students. Interventions made by counselors in school, community, and family systems acknowledge the importance of lifespan development and social change in promoting academic, career, college, and interpersonal access, equity, and success for all students and families. Students demonstrate professional school counseling, consultation, advocacy, leadership, and technology competencies throughout their course assignments at K-12 school-based experiences including practicum and internship, and through a professional school counseling program portfolio of data-driven, evidence-based assignments and artifacts including a school counseling research project.

Advising Worksheet

For more information contact: Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes

Sign up for the next Counselor Education/School Counseling open house (usually 1st week of Nov, Dec, Feb, March) Open House (online registration form)

Applications are online and open November 1 and close March 15 for CE/SC program (Graduate Admissions application).

If you have questions about the online admissions application, email Associate Director of Admissions Valerie Brown at 

Email Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes, Program Coordinator, for questions about:

  • Admission as a matriculant (March 15 deadline for the fall, and only fall admission)
  • Admission as a nonmatriculant (limited space; summer sessions only; must possess a master's degree in Counselor Education/School Counseling and be a practicing school counselor)

Counselor Education/School Counseling Advisory Council
Meeting attendees (L to R):

Judi Belliard, M.S.Ed. '09, NYC DOE District Coordinator, Bronx Single Shepherd Initiative; Jonathan Baez, CE/SC Class of '19; Paulette Monforte, M.S.Ed., '16, NYC DOE High School Counselor, The Cinema School, Bronx; Samantha Valcarcel, CE/SC Class of '17; Dr. Margarita Suero-Duran, NYC DOE Senior Administrator for High Schools, Office of Counseling Support Programs; Cindy Larin M.S.Ed., '14, NYC DOE  Bilingual Middle School Counselor, The Michaelangelo School, Bronx, NY; Terry Houlihan, M.S.Ed. '10, School Counselor, Iona Prep HS, New Rochelle and part-time faculty, CE/SC; and Lisa DeMauro M.S.Ed. '09, Middle School Counselor, Global Tech Prep MS 406M, Harlem, NY