Counseling

The Master of Education in Counseling has recently expanded to provide the most comprehensive training possible and anticipate changes in licensure requirements.  We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds who have an interest in the principles and practices underlying the field of counseling. Although a background in social or behavioral sciences is not necessary, students must have a demonstrable understanding of the program and sub concentration area to which they are applying.

During the program, which focuses explicitly on child, adolescent, and early adulthood counseling, you will have the opportunity to concentrate your studies in School Counseling, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Counseling, or Sport Psychology. Your sub-concentration will determine the elective coursework and field experiences your will complete, which will supplement the core training, that emphasizes:

  • Normative development from infancy through early adulthood.
  • Ecological considerations, including personal, environmental, and cultural factors.
  • Strengths-based theory, focusing on individual attributes and adaptations.

The program has a strong mental health focus, so regardless of your sub-concentration you will graduate with the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals with a wide range of mental health issues. You will complete sequenced coursework pertaining to the treatment of children and adolescents in areas such as counseling theories and techniques, cross-cultural perspectives, lifespan development, psychopathology, psychological testing, research, positive psychology, and ethics.

Our clinical focus ensures that you will have ample and diverse hands-on experiences in the field in order to build and refine your clinical skills. This diversity of fieldwork exposes you to a variety of settings, making you more marketable in the field. Upon completion of the program and depending on your course of study, you will be eligible for various licenses/certifications.

Most students are expected to complete the Counseling program on a full-time basis; however, many courses are offered at times that also allow completion of the degree as a part-time student while continuing full-time employment. For employed students, arrangements must be made with employers to ensure that students are able to complete the requisite hours of clinical work. International students for whom English is a second language may need to anticipate a longer course of study depending on English language proficiency. Please note, the duration of study for part-time students will be longer than two years.

For detailed information about the three areas of concentration, please review the information below.

School Counseling

After completing program requirements, you will be eligible for initial licensure as a School Guidance Counselor in the state of Massachusetts. While many School Counseling graduate programs explicitly emphasize academic counseling, graduates of the BU Counseling program will also have comprehensive training in mental health issues and counseling, leaving you fully prepared to work in the dynamic and ever-changing school environment where there is an increased need for counselors with mental health training.

In addition to the core coursework, you will complete additional coursework specific to school counseling in areas such as learning disabilities, vocational development, college admissions, families, and issues in school counseling.

Throughout your program, you will complete three semesters of  field experiences; a pre-practicum in the Spring semester of your first year, and a year-long practicum during your second year.  During the fall semester of your first year of study, you will meet with the Counseling Placement Coordinator to determine where you will complete your field experiences.  You and the Coordinator will discuss your career goals, preference for school setting, and preference for grade level. It is possible that your pre-practicum and practicum will take place in different schools so that you are exposed to a wide range of settings and students. During your pre-practicum and practicum you will receive guidance, support and supervision from your field supervisor, faculty advisor and peers.

  1. Pre-Practicum: The pre-practicum will take place during the spring semester of your first year of study.  You will be in a school setting observing guidance counselors and developing counseling skills.  During this semester, you will meet once a week with your cohort and university practicum supervisor to discuss your field work.
  2. Practicum: During your second year of study you will complete a year-long practicum. The practicum is 16-20 hours per week and includes 3 hours of class time per week with your cohort and university practicum supervisor.  During your practicum you will have hands-on experience, that could include individual counseling with students around academic or interpersonal concerns, developing guidance curriculum, assisting with special education meetings, and coordinating the college admissions process.

Your program will conclude with a comprehensive project on a topic of your choosing. The comprehensive project serves as an opportunity for students to put into practice the knowledge and skills they have acquired over the course of their training. Students will work alongside their advisors in order to determine the topic and format of their project, which will be completed in their final semester of study. The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to conduct the type of research or interventions that they may be asked to complete in a future professional or educational setting, allowing them the opportunity to see firsthand how their training can be translated into meaningful and practical applications.

Program Fast Facts-School Counseling

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Counseling.
  • Program Duration: 2 years of full-time study including the summer between the 1st and 2nd academic year.  Duration of part-time study varies.
  • Start Term: Full-time students may begin the program during the fall semester only.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may be licensed as a School Guidance Counselor.  Additionally, you will have met all academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Counseling Psychology Department, counpsy@bu.edu
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Counseling

The comprehensive training you will receive will prepare you for a career providing counseling to children, adolescents, and young adults in community-based settings that include, but are not limited to, community mental health facilities, hospitals, therapeutic schools, substance abuse treatment facilities, eating disorder treatment facilities, universities, and prisons.  In addition to the core coursework, you have the option of selecting elective coursework to supplement your training in relevant areas.

Throughout your program, you will complete three semesters of field experiences.  During the fall semester of your first year of study, you will meet with the Counseling Placement Coordinator to determine where you will complete your field experiences.  During your pre-practicum and practicum you will receive guidance, support and supervision from your field supervisor, faculty advisor and peers.

  1. Pre-Practicum: The pre-practicum will take place during the Spring semester of your first year of study.  You will be in a community setting completing observations and developing counseling skills.  During this semester, you will meet once a week with your cohort and university practicum supervisor to discuss your field work.
  2. Practicum: During your second year of study you will complete a year-long practicum. The practicum is 16-20 hours per week and includes 3 hours of class time per week with your cohort and university practicum supervisor.  During your practicum you will have the opportunity to participate in the provision of mental health services appropriate to your site. These services may include individual, group, or family counseling, case management, and consultation.

Your program will conclude with a comprehensive project on a topic of your choosing. The comprehensive project serves as an opportunity for students to put into practice the knowledge and skills they have acquired over the course of their training. Students will work alongside their advisors in order to determine the topic and format of their project, which will be completed in their final semester of study. The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to conduct the type of research or interventions that they may be asked to complete in a future professional or educational setting, allowing them the opportunity to see firsthand how their training can be translated into meaningful and practical applications.

Program Fast Facts-Child and Adolescent Mental Health Counseling

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Counseling.
  • Program Duration: 2 years of full-time study including a portion of the summer (May-June) between the 1st and 2nd academic year.  Duration of part-time study varies.
  • Start Term: Full-time students may begin the program during the fall semester only.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program, you will have acquired the academic and pre-masters practicum and internship requirements to be licensed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the Board of Allied Mental Health Professionals.  Additional post-masters clinical training is required for licensure.
  • Counseling Program Information: Counseling Psychology Department, counpsy@bu.edu
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Sport Psychology

The Sports Psychology sub concentration focuses your studies on the psychology of sport and performance. In addition to the core counseling coursework, you will complete coursework in sport psychology skills, psychology of coaching teams, sport theory, sports science, and sport psychology research.

Throughout your program, you will have a variety of field experiences, including four semesters of sports-focused experience and three semesters of clinical experience. Your supervised sports practice may take place at a school, youth sport development site, or collegiate sport setting. Your supervised clinical practice will be determined in conjunction with the Placement Coordinator, with whom you will meet during the fall semester of your first year. During your pre-practicum and practicum you will receive guidance, support and supervision from your field supervisor, faculty advisor and peers.

  1. Sports Psychology Practicum: A Sports Psychology Practicum will be completed each semester. The focus of this practicum will be on practicing specific performance-related skills with athletes or others in sports-focused settings.
  2. Pre-Practicum: The pre-practicum will take place during the Spring semester of your first year of study.  You will be in a community setting completing observations and developing counseling skills.  During this semester, you will meet once a week with your cohort and university practicum supervisor to discuss your field work.
  3. Practicum: During your second year of study you will complete a year-long practicum. The practicum is 16-20 hours per week and includes 3 hours of class time per week with your cohort and university practicum supervisor.  During your practicum you will have the opportunity to participate in the provision of mental health services appropriate to your site. These services may include individual, group, or family counseling, case management, and consultation.

As a student in the Sport Psychology track of the Counseling program, you will work closely with Faculty Program Coordinator, Dr. Amy Baltzell.  Dr. Baltzell’s teaching, writing and counseling interests are in areas of performance enhancement, positive psychology, and character and sport.  She is the author of her recent book Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life. Dr. Baltzell was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning News.  Watch a clip.

Program Fast Facts-Sports Psychology

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Counseling.
  • Program Duration: 2 years of full-time study which may include a portion of the summer (May-June) between the 1st and 2nd academic year.  Duration of part-time study varies.
  • Start Term: Full-time students are encouraged to begin the program during the fall semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to apply to become an AASP Certified Consultant. Additional training and/or coursework may be required dependent upon your undergraduate training.  Additionally, upon completion of the program, you will have acquired the academic and pre-masters practicum and internship requirements to be licensed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the Board of Allied Mental Health Professionals.  Additional post-masters clinical training is required for licensure.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Counseling Psychology Department, counpsy@bu.edu
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

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