Advanced Certificate in Bilingual School Counseling (Respecialization Program)
Bilingual school counselors are essential members of the education community for students and families whose primary language is not English. Bilingual school counselors help these students achieve academically, develop both personally and socially, and consider future educational and career avenues. If you are fluent in a second language, interested in a challenging career within the educational system outside of the classroom, and you want to make a real difference in the lives of young people from ethnolinguistically diverse backgrounds, you will find a career in bilingual school counseling to be enjoyable and gratifying.
The 18-27-credit Advanced Certificate Program in Bilingual School Counseling is for students who already have a master’s degree in counseling and wish to meet the educational requirements to become certified as a school counselor with the bilingual extension. To enter this program, students’ graduate transcript in counseling must reflect coursework in professional issues and ethics, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, and assessment. Building upon these core content areas, the bilingual school counseling advanced certificate program focuses specifically on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to work in today’s schools: contemporary practice of school counseling with ethnolinguistically diverse students and families, school-based research, program development and evaluation, advocacy, leadership, collaboration and consultation. Along with a master’s degree in counseling, our 18-27-credit Advanced Certificate Program in Bilingual School Counseling is registered with the New York State Education Department as satisfying the educational requirements for provisional certification as a school counselor and the bilingual extension for practice as a bilingual school counselor. Permanent certification requires a total of 60 credits and two years experience as a school counselor.