The C.A.S. in Counseling is designed for Prevention Science and Practice (and Risk & Prevention) alumni who wish to continue their graduate studies beyond the master's degree and pursue Massachusetts initial licensure as a School Guidance Counselor or School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker.
PSP master's students who have met the course requirements for either the School Guidance Counseling or School Adjustment Counseling concentrations are eligible to apply for the C.A.S. Prevention Science and Practice (and R&P) alumni who are interested in returning to HGSE to complete the C.A.S. should contact the Prevention Science and Practice office at 617-495-4954 to determine their eligibility to apply, which is based in part on their previous coursework and practicum experience.
Only individuals who are currently enrolled in the PSP master's program or have graduated from the PSP or R&P master's programs are eligible to apply for the C.A.S. in Counseling.
A complete application to the Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Counseling consists of the following:
- Online application form
- Statement of Purpose and Resume
- Letter(s) of recommendation (submitted through the online application system):
- Current PSP applicants: One recommendation from a supervisor from a PSP practicum placement
- PSP/R&P alumni applicants only: Two letters of recommendation. One must be from the supervisor of your practicum placement during your time as a R&P/PSP student. The other should be written by an individual who has supervised you in a professional capacity since graduation from HGSE. Please see additional information and instructions below.
- Transcript(s) from each postsecondary institution attended (uploaded with the online application)
- $85 application fee (paid via credit card with the online application)
The C.A.S. in Counseling online submission and materials received deadline is Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. C.A.S. decisions will be made available online in late February 2020.
PSP Current Students
Current students will be able to use the transcripts they submitted in conjunction with their Ed.M. application; they will be asked to authorize the Admissions Office access to these records on the application form. Please note that the admissions committee may also reference applicants' fall semester practicum evaluations during the review process.
All offers of admissions to the C.A.S. are conditional and contingent upon a second admissions review held in April of the year of acceptance. As the C.A.S. program requires a great degree of independence, increased responsibility and more in-depth training and exploration, this follow-up review will include the gathering of additional information from multiple sources. At a minimum, the student must maintain a B+ average or higher and must be making steady progress towards the successful completion of both the required master's degree coursework and the requisite 300 practicum hours. In addition, the admissions committee may solicit feedback from faculty and site supervisors regarding the student's personal and professional growth. The committee also reserves the right to review the student's original application to the PSP program.
Alumni are asked to authorize the Admissions Office access to their HGSE transcript on the application form. Additionally, alumni who graduated in 2018 or 2019 do not need to resubmit non-HGSE transcripts unless new courses were taken or a new degree program was completed. However, alumni who graduated before 2018 must resubmit transcript(s) from each non-HGSE postsecondary institution attended; they should be uploaded in the Academics section of the application.
PSP/R&P alumni applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. One must be a supervisor from their practicum placement location while they were a PSP or R&P student. The other letter should be written by an individual who has supervised you in a professional capacity since graduation from HGSE.
The admissions committee may reference applicants' PSP Ed.M. practicum evaluations and site supervisor feedback during the review process. The committee also reserves the right to review the student's original application to the PSP/R&P program.