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About the Field of School Counseling

State-certified school counselors are uniquely qualified to address students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. For more information on the field of school counseling, visit the American School Counselor Association’s Web site

Professional school counselors are employed in all levels of K-12 school systems. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, employment for school counselors is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. “States require elementary schools to employ counselors. Expansion of the responsibilities of school counselors also is likely to lead to increases in their employment. For example, counselors are becoming more involved in crisis and preventive counseling, helping students deal with issues ranging from drug and alcohol abuse to death and suicide.” For more information on the occupational outlook for school counselors, visit

The New York City Department of Education has created a Graduate Scholarship Program to address the staffing needs in critical shortage areas and to improve the delivery of service to New York City Public School students. This program prepares participants to serve in the areas of Bilingual Special Education, Monolingual and Bilingual Speech Language Pathology/Audiology, Monolingual and Bilingual Visually Impaired, Bilingual Guidance Counselor, Bilingual School Psychology, and Bilingual Social Worker. The scholarship program offers uncertified candidates a traditional path to certification by way of a Master's degree in a traditional teaching or clinical shortage area. The primary objective of the scholarship program is to provide full tuition payments to eligible students enabling them to obtain New York State certification and to seek a rewarding career in education. Successful program candidates are required to provide service in a high-need New York City Public Schools upon completion of the program. Two (2) years of service is required for every year the scholarship is awarded. Additional information on the Graduate Scholarship Program is available at