Counseling & Psychology

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: School & Community Counseling

Master of Arts (MA), full-time or part-time graduate program

Help young people reach their academic and personal potential.

Train to excel as a counselor in diverse primary and secondary school environments. Learn to work with children and collaborate with a range of individuals, including parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. After 1,300 hours of supervised field training, you’ll be eligible for licensure in school guidance counseling from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at grade levels PreK-8 or 5-12.

Through our graduate program in school and community counseling, you’ll work with children and adolescents, as well as their families, to build an environment of respect, cooperation, and support.

At Lesley, we recognize the importance of regarding schools and communities as ideal places to promote growth, healing, and social change. You’ll benefit from our ongoing partnerships with public schools in the Boston area, and also from our reputation among principals and districts as New England’s largest and most respected provider of teacher education.

Here, you’ll receive training that integrates school counseling with mind-body behavioral health, trauma studies, and social justice advocacy. As you gain the skills to guide youth toward personal and academic goals, you’ll learn to recognize multiple worldviews and the power of connection in the context of learning and counseling.

Choose to specialize in adjustment counseling or guidance counseling, and complete two internships in schools within Lesley’s extensive network. You’ll graduate prepared for professional licensure and ready to make a meaningful difference in students’ lives.

Program Structure

3-Year, On-Campus Program

60 Credits
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Cambridge, MA

A nexus for higher education and mental health counseling practice and research, each year 250,000 students arrive to Cambridge from around the globe. The intellectual and cultural capital runs deep, and so do your opportunities addressing barriers to wellness. From Lesley’s location, access innovative community, hospital, and school-based mental health programs.

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School Adjustment Counseling

Choose this track to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents in schools. Qualify to apply for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential, as well as an initial license for PreK–12 school adjustment counseling in Massachusetts.

Required courses for this track include:

  • Counseling Young Children and Adolescents     
  • Issues in School Counseling for the School Adjustment Counselor              
  • Consultation Skills for Counselors and Mental Health Professionals           
School Guidance Counseling

School Guidance Counseling

Choose this track to gain expertise in the developmental needs—both academic and psychological—of children and adolescents in schools. Qualify to apply for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential, as well as an initial license for PreK–8 or 5–12 school guidance counseling in Massachusetts.

Required courses for this track include:

  • Counseling Adolescents                    
  • Issues in School Counseling for School Guidance Counselors 
  • Psychoeducational Approaches to Counseling and Prevention
“Principals and guidance counselors trust that our graduate students are well prepared to lead group sessions and help their guidance staff provide psychosocial support to their students.”
Dalia Llera, Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Coordinator, School and Community Programs
Licensure Information
Completion of this program provides the pre-licensing requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) and initial licensure as a school adjustment counselor (PreK-12) or school guidance counselor (PreK-8 or 5-12) in Massachusetts. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with all requirements and regulations if you are seeking licensure in another state.
$65,499
The average salary for graduates with a degree in mental health counseling.
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Massachusetts is the best state in the nation for mental health care according to Mental Health America, with excellent access to care for both youth and adults.
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Careers in mental health counseling are expanding, with projections for an eleven percent increase in job openings in New England over the next ten years.
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The field of mental health counseling is expanding rapidly, making this an exciting time to pursue graduate study. Common job titles for people with master's degrees in mental health counseling include:
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Where Graduates Work
Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area have a large concentration of medical, healthcare, and mental health-related facilities and organizations. Graduates find careers in a wide range of places, including:

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: School & Community Counseling
  • Tuition
    $1,100/credit x 60
    $66,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $2,180
    Activity Fee
    $180
    Registration Fee
    $280
    Materials Fee
    $240
    Practicum Fee
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
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