Masters of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lehman College of the City University of New York offers a full-time, cohort-based, 60-credit, Master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students will attend the program full-time, year-round for two years and upon completion, they will be eligible to pursue New York State licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Masters of Science in Education: School Counseling

Lehman offers a 60-credit graduate program in Counselor Education: School Counseling (CE:SC). Graduates are eligible for initial and professional School Counselor Certification in New York State. The three-year, part-time program is offered as a year-round, hybrid, cohort model.

Program Coordinators

Stuart Chen Hayes

Stuart Chen-Hayes

Professor, School Counseling & Bilingual Extension Graduate Program


Carman Hall, Room B01E

Anna Locke

Anna Locke

Doctoral Lecturer, Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Carman Hall, Room B53

For five decades we have prepared 1500+ professional counselors serving the Bronx, other NYC boroughs, surrounding counties in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, multiple midwestern, southern and western US states, and countries including Cameroon, Canada, China, Spain, and Thailand.

Graduates of our programs work as bilingual and monolingual K-12 school counselors, college access/admission counselors, career counselors, in nonprofit community mental health agency settings, hospitals, substance misuse clinics, and group and private practices.

Clinical mental health graduates are eligible for a Limited Permit toward becoming Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs).

School counseling graduates are eligible for Initial Certification as School Counselors and Bilingual Certification with an additional 3 credits.

Program Overview

The Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. is a 60-credit, 2-year, year-round, full-time, hybrid, synchronous cohort model program taught only on Saturday mornings and afternoons.

The Counselor Education: School Counseling M.S.Ed. is a 60-credit, 3-year, year-round, part-time, hybrid, synchronous, cohort model program taught one evening a week usually Wednesdays nights with back to back classes at 6 and 7:50pm.

Both programs run 2 traditional 15-week semesters each year and  3-4 week inter-sessions in January, June and mid-July to mid-August.  Bilingual candidates may, for 3 additional credits, complete a Bilingual Counselor Education Advanced Certificate. Both programs require 700 hours of field work–a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship. The School Counseling program has been nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 2008, and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling will begin the CACREP self-study process once the first cohort (Class of ‘25) has graduated.

In the late 1960s, Counselor Education began as Lehman emerged from Hunter-in-the-Bronx with a 36-credit M.S.Ed. focused on community and school counseling. 

In the late 1990s, the focus shifted to school counseling with a partnership through the National Center for Transforming School Counseling.

In 2002, the program was redesigned to meet national accreditation standards, adding a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship and required coursework in professional identity in school counseling, multicultural and social justice counseling, research and program evaluation, crisis, substance misuse and trauma, and leadership and advocacy and raised to a 48-credit M.S.Ed. program in Counselor Education: School Counseling.

In 2008, Lehman became the first public Counselor Education: School Counseling program in New York City to become CACREP-accredited.

In 2009, the program partnered with the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy to infuse college access/affordability/admission counseling in coursework and fieldwork.

In 2014, Lehman faculty and alumni were on the leadership team for the New York State Education Department’s first statewide School Counselor Summit, which led to five key recommendations for changing school counselor practice. Lehman faculty co-chaired the Higher Education committee and led writing the 2019 school counselor state regulation changes and new school counselor education state regulations. 

From 2014-16, Lehman faculty partnered with and presented at the White House Reach Higher/School Counseling and College Access Convenings and received a grant through CUNY Central to create and add the College Access Counseling course. The Bilingual Counselor Education Advanced Certificate for program alumni and currently matriculated students began to enroll students.

In 2021, New York state approved the 60-credit Counselor Education: School Counseling M.S. program with increased emphasis on community, family, counseling children/adolescents, ability/disability, sexuality, bilingual, anti-racism, and anti-oppression work in school counseling.  CUNY approved the 60-credit Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S.Ed. program.

In 2023, Lehman offered classes to the first cohort of Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. candidates. 

In 2024, The program applied for a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Bridge program of 15 credits for school counseling candidates and program alumni. It also applied to put both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs online with low residency. The program received permission to begin planning for New York City and CUNY’s first doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision to be housed at Lehman College. NY state began requiring a School Counselor Content Speciality Test (CST) for initial certification.