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Certification, Licensure & Alumni Resources

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensure (Licensed Mental Health Counselor - LHMC)

School Counselor Certification Process (NYS, National)

Become a NYS Master School Counselor with a 60K stipend!

We are delighted that you are interested in joining the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) our professional network of outstanding, experienced educational professionals, K-12 classroom teachers and K-12 counselors, dedicated to professional growth and development and to providing the most innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment for their students.

Selected Master Teachers and Master Counselors engage in NYSMTP professional learning opportunities that are co-created by network members and their SUNY counterparts. The professional learning program is grounded in the local context and designed with local expertise to address challenges and provide new opportunities for students.

The NYS Master Teachers and Master School Counselors are selected by a rigorous, multi-step application process. Please review the document What Does Being a NYS Master Teacher and Master School Counselor Entail? prior to beginning your application. Selected applicants commit to engaging in a minimum number of NYSMTP-Professional Development activities in addition to their district and state requirements, agree to a four-year commitment, and are eligible for annual stipends of $15,000, totaling $60,000.


To be eligible for the New York State Master Teacher program Counselor Applicant, you must:

  • Be a certified NYS full-time public school counselor, grades K - 12, with at least four years of full-time public school counselor experience at the time of the application, and
  • Be rated "effective" or "highly effective" (or equivalent) on your most recent district annual evaluation.

The NYSMTP professional network encourages applications from all eligible K - 12 counselors who meet the above requirements and who also have specialized training and expertise to support students who have been designated dual language or ESL/ELL, or students with disabilities.

SUNY's Master Counselors Program