School Counseling

The program in School Counseling seeks to educate counselors to assist youth in K-12 schools to cope with developmental and remedial tasks involving educational, vocational and personal- social needs. Graduates of the School Counseling Program are expected to be able to apply a diverse repertoire of helping strategies and techniques, conceptualize and implement a comprehensive school counseling program, and engage in evaluation of their efforts. For more information about the field of school counseling and the role of the school counselor, contact the American School Counseling Association on the web at

School Counseling at a glance:
Application deadline: February 1
Degree granted:
Certificate granted:
Ed.M. in School Counseling
Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling
Typical Careers: School Counselors typically K - 12 schools to assist students with career and personal issues individually and in groups.

Current New York State certification requirements mandate 60 hours for permanent certification as a School Counselor. The UB School Counseling program has this set up as follows. The Ed.M. degree is awarded upon completion of 36 credit hours. Upon completion of the Ed.M. the student is eligible to apply for provisional certification and may then work as a school counselor.

After completion of the CAS (24 additional credit hours) and two years of appropriate work experience as a school counselor, the student is eligible to receive permanent certification.

Certification application and processing is done through the CSEP Department in 409 Baldy Hall.

Informational Sessions for Prospective Applicants

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:00 p.m 474 Baldy
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 4:00 p.m 479 Baldy
Monday, November 20, 2017 9:00 a.m 415 Baldy
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:00 p.m 415 Baldy
Thursday, January 11, 2017 6:00 p.m 415 Baldy

Informational sessions for prospective School Counseling graduate students are held once a month from September through January. The admission process, program requirements, and school placements are described and specific questions will also be answered during this session. It is strongly recommended that prospective applicants read this downloadable brochure before attending the information sessions.

Download an Informational Flyer

Students can enter the program from varied backgrounds. Each student's program will be based upon the preparation he or she has and courses will be selected, in concert with an advisor, to meet individual student needs.

Informal interaction among students is strongly encouraged. Students in the program all have strong backgrounds and often years of experience. Much learning in graduate school comes about through peer interaction.

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