About the program

The master’s degree program in educational counseling is designed to train professional and culturally sensitive educational counselors who will lead the education system to an optimal level of functioning. The program grants a qualified degree in education (M.Ed.) specializing in educational counseling. It is intended for teachers and other teaching staff with a bachelor’s degree in education or counseling, as well as therapeutic professionals with a teaching certificate who wish to integrate into educational settings.

Educational counseling is the profession entrusted with the mental health field within the school and is designed to help the individual, the group, and the system as a whole. Therefore, recognizing the importance of this role, the educational counseling program at Sakhnin College is dedicated to training counselors at a high academic level, equipping them with the best professional tools.

Theoretically, the program emphasizes the cultivation of an educational counselor with a broad education, comprehensive knowledge, and in-depth familiarity with current theories and research in the field.  Practically, special attention is paid to cultivating a graduate with a “counseling personality” and a distinct professional identity in a guided reflective process while imparting various tools, techniques, and skills for individual, group, and systemic counseling.

The uniqueness of the student’s professional training lies in the fact that it is provided within the cultural context in which they live. In the curriculum, particular emphasis is placed on adapting the tools, skills, and techniques to the needs of Israeli society, which is characterized as a multicultural society, and in particular to those of the Arab society in Israel, which is fundamentally characterized as a traditional society undergoing many transformations and changes in the last few years.

It was designed to deepen and sharpen the strengths of the Arab education system on the one hand and shed light on the challenges that require continued strengthening and development on the other hand. This structure helps develop innovative and unique professional interventions for this society, which emphasize its issues, principles, and values, and place the uniqueness of the Arab society at the center of the professional planning and execution.

The study program includes 28 NIS and is spread over two years of study (4 semesters). It consists of core studies, specialization studies in educational counseling, deepening and enrichment studies, practical experience, and a final thesis or exam.

Academic staff

Students and Graduates tell

Kawthar Attwah
Program graduate, 2019-2020
“The advantage of studying at Sakhnin College lies, among other things, in that they are close to home, address the uniqueness of Arab society, and most importantly - they work in my native language. For me, the learning experience at the college was a great window of opportunity for personal empowerment and cultivated in me the cultural sensitivity that allowed me to build intervention programs adapted to Arab society.”
Enas Abu Saleh
Program graduate, 2019-2020
“At Sakhnin College in general and the counseling program in particular, one feels like being in a warm, inclusive, appreciative and respectful home. There is a great sensitivity to the uniqueness of Arab society and its cultural codes, and the campus speaks my mother tongue - an experience I have not had anywhere!!”
Nagam Abu Saleh
second year student
“There are those who clip our wings and there are those who give them to us. As part of my studies in the master's program in educational counseling, I gained wings that allowed me to identify my strengths and realize them. Wings of strength and will. Wings of self-confidence and constant aspiration to be unique. Wings that grew thanks to the great support, the inclusion and the personal attitude that makes the team and the program structure exceptional.”
Hanan Igbareh
second year student
“My studies for a master's degree in educational counseling at Sakhnin College constitute a turning point in my life. As part of my studies, I went through a significant personal process. I started as a small seed that blossomed and grew over time, and today I already aspire to get a PhD. I matured both on a personal and professional level and developed self-awareness.”

The Program

Component First Year Total
Core Studies - 5 w-hrs
Specialization Studies in Educational Counseling - 11 w-hrs. (6 w-hrs. theoretical classes + 5 w-hrs. counseling skills)
Deeper-Learning and Enrichment Studies - 8 w-hrs. (4 w-hrs. seminars + 4 w-hrs. enrichment classes)
Practical Experience - 4 w-hrs. training workshop (In addition to the guided practical experience hours)
Thesis or Final Exam - Final project accompanying workshop (without credit)
Requisite Courses - These requisite courses are not included in total hours for the degree, but they are required.
Total - 28

Admission Requirements

  • Admission Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree in education, counselling, therapeutic professions (such as: social work, psychology), with an average grade of 85 or higher.
    • Teaching Certificate.
    • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s qualifications, experience and performance in the academic and professional fields.
    • Passing an admissions interview.
    • Success in requisite courses with a score of at least 80.

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