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About the M.S.Ed. Programs in Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education: School Counseling

Counselor Education: School Counseling


The Lehman College Counselor Education: School Counseling program develops culturally competent, ethical, caring, data-driven professional school counselors in a K-12 urban educational framework. School counselor candidates promote social justice and human rights advocacy in their scholarly, clinical, assessment, evaluation, and school counseling program implementation practices. They develop academic, personal, social, and career/college competencies for all students to help close achievement, opportunity, and attainment gaps. The Counselor Education/School Counseling program climate emphasizes collaboration, leadership, self-awareness, and mutual respect among diverse groups.

Program Objectives

  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge of professional school counseling interventions in the following: identity/ethics, counseling theories and techniques, group work, multicultural counseling, career counseling, human development, assessment, research and program evaluation, leadership/advocacy/consultation, college access, and trauma/violence/chemical dependency skills with course artifacts.
  • Candidates demonstrate ability to assess and implement American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model Framework for School Counseling Programs using artifacts including School Counseling Program Assessment, Action Plans, Results Reports, and Lesson Plan Outlines in practicum, internship, and school counseling program action research projects.
  • Candidates know and use evidence-based and data-informed practices in delivering, implementing, and evaluating school counseling programs and interventions to help close achievement, opportunity, and attainment gaps.
  • Candidates demonstrate excellent individual counseling, group counseling, school counseling core curriculum lesson plan development and implementation, and planning/advising for all students in pre-practicum, practicum, and internship experiences.
  • Candidates complete 50 hours of supervised pre-practicum, 100 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship in K-12 schools.
  • Candidates demonstrate 11 appropriate dispositions for school counseling in culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 schools and in the graduate program: Respectful interactions; engaged and enthusiastic learning; effective listening and speaking skills; support peers; give meaningful and constructive feedback; receive feedback non-defensively; trustworthiness; warmth; kindness; affirm differences; professionalism.

Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lehman College offers a full-time, cohort-based, 60-credit, Master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students attend full-time, year-round for two years and upon completion can pursue New York State licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). The program prepares students to work in varied environments such as: private practice, substance misuse counseling, not-for-profits, community-based organizations, business, government agencies, and healthcare. It provides opportunities for high-quality, accessible, and affordable graduate education in mental health counseling for residents in the Bronx and surrounding areas. The program provides a unique experience: Using a project-based learning framework, students acquire knowledge and skills essential for navigating complex issues and systems impacting the emotional well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Students choose an area of specialization and develop skills for promoting advocacy, leadership, and equity for social justice through projects in specific courses. The program’s multimodal pedagogical approach includes synchronous, asynchronous, and in-person instruction where students engage in varied experiences including self-directed and experiential learning and clinical intensives.

For More Information, Contact:

Program Coordinator Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes (; available during the academic year August 30 - June 1

Graduate Admissions Advisor Masuda Tanny,; available all year.

Counselor Education/School Counseling Advisory Council

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

Professional Counseling Associations