Coursework

This page details the coursework required for the School Counseling programs of study: the Ed.M. in School Counseling, the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Counseling, suggested programs of study, and New York State Certification.

The Program and Certification

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 as detailed below. 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.

When admitted to the program, students should be familiar with the:

  1. Graduate School of Education Catalog and Policies and Procedures Manual.
  2. Records and Registration Procedures Handbook for Students, and
  3. School Counseling Handbook and Practicum Manual.


Course Requirements for Ed.M. in School Counseling at UB

Course Requirements consist of: 27 credits of Required Courses and 9 credits of Electives:

Required Course Name Credits
CEP 503 Tests and Measurement 3
CEP 653 Foundations and Principles of Counseling 3
CEP 680 ** Career Development 3
CEP 644 Counseling with Children and Adolescents 3
CEP 645 Introduction to School Counseling 3
CEP 596-SC * Fieldwork 3
CEP 597-SC * Counseling Practicum ** 5
CEP 658 ** Introduction to Group Work 4
CEP 618 ** Principles of Counseling Practice 3
CEP 700 Ind. Guid. Proj.: Portfolio Development 3
CEP 634 ** Multicultural Counseling 3
Total Credit Hours 36

* Field Work and Practicum require students to spend a minimum of one and a half days per week in the school.

** These courses include practice role-plays and activities that promote self-disclosure and self-awareness. Students will not be graded on their self-disclosure, self- awareness, and personal growth. As a counselor in training, it is strongly recommended that each student engage in additional activities that promote self-awareness.

Portfolio Development

All students are required to successfully develop a portfolio prior to the awarding of the Ed.M. degree. Students should register for 3 credits of Portfolio Development over 2 semesters (CEP 700).

Selective Retention

The Program in School Counseling reserves the right to terminate any student on the basis of intellective and/or non-intellective performance if such performance is deemed deficient by the faculty on careful and prolonged deliberation of available evidence. ACA and ASCA Ethical Standards will be used as the standard of acceptable ethical and professional behavior.

Part-Time Students

Part-time students in the masters program must register for a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester. CAS students must register for 3 credit hours each semester.


School Counseling Suggested Programs of Study

Ed.M. Full Time

Semester I (Fall)
  • CEP 653 Foundations of Counseling Theory
  • CEP 618 Principles of Counseling Practice
  • CEP 645 Introduction to School Counseling
  • CEP 680 Career Development
  • CEP 596-SC* Field Work (3 credits)
  • CEP 700 Portfolio Development (2 credits)
Semester II (Spring)
  • CEP 658 Introduction to Groups (4 credits)
  • CEP 503 Tests and Measurements
  • CEP 644 Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • CEP 597-SC* Counseling Practicum (5 credits)
  • CEP 700 Portfolio Development (1 credit)
Semester III (Summer)
  • CEP 634 Multicultural Counseling

Suggested Ed.M. Part Time

Semester I (Fall)
  • CEP 645 Introduction to School Counseling
  • CEP 653 Foundations of Counseling Theory
Semester II (Spring)
  • CEP 658 Introduction to Groups
  • CEP 644 Counseling with Children and Adolescents
Semester III (Summer)
  • CEP 634 Multicultural Counseling
Semester IV (Fall)
  • CEP 596-SC* Field Work (3 credits)
  • CEP 618 Principles of Counseling Practice
  • CEP 680 Career Development
Semester V (Spring)
  • CEP 597-SC* Counseling Practicum (5 credits)
  • CEP 503 Tests and Measurements
  • CEP 700 Portfolio Development (3 credit)

Permanent Certification - Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Following two years of employment as a school counselor and the completion of the following course sequence, the student is eligible for permanent certification in the State of New York as a school counselor.

Course Requirements for the CAS in School Counseling at UB

Course Requirements consist of 15 credits of Required Courses and 9 credits of Electives:

Required Course Name Credits
CEP 600-SC * Internship 3
CEP 664 Process of Consultation 3
CEP 648 Guidance Services: Org. & Administration 3
CEP 532 Understanding Statistical Research 3
CEP 505 Group Work in the Schools 3
Elective: *** 3
Elective: *** 3
Elective: *** 3
Total Credit Hours 24

* Internship requires students to spend a minimum of one and a half days per week in the school.

*** All electives must be approved by Dr. DeLucia-Waack in writing prior to course completion. Approved electives include (but are not limited to) the following courses:

  • Electives
  • CEP 560 Psychology of Learning & Instruction
  • CEP 541 Human Growth & Development
  • CEP 615 Legal Aspects of Counseling
  • CEP 629 Family Counseling**
  • CEP 549 Psychology of Women
  • CEP 617 Advanced Group Counseling Theory and Techniques**
  • CEP 650 Behavior Therapy
  • CEP 689 Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • CEP 588 College Counseling for High School Students
  • CEP 504 Intro. to Rehab. Sub. Abuse & Addiction
  • CEP 649 Rehabilitation Foundations

Cross Registration / Relations with Other Programs

School Counseling students take courses from faculty in Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Psychology. Student elective courses are frequently taken in Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Social Work, Curriculum Development, Educational Administration, Special Education, and Sociology of Education.