School Counseling, AC

Our advanced certificate in school counseling focuses on training school counselors to assist students in grades K-12 in academic, career and personal/social development. Our program is for you if you have a master's degree in school counseling and are seeking permanent certification as a school counselor in New York State. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to work as a school counselor in New York State.

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Why School Counseling at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • gaining experience in the schools begins first semester, accompanied by theory-based cases in school counseling, career development and counseling theory
  • learning to provide classroom guidance, small group and one-on-one interventions to meet students' academic career and personal/social need, as well as assist in post-graduation plannings
  • over 100 school counseling and internship sites available for placement
  • students complete school placements at a minimum of two out of three levels (elementary, middle, high school)

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 24
Time to completion 2 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Careers School counselors in K–12 schools
Experiential contact hours 150 hours in schools
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall/Summer: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

Required Courses (15 credits)

CEP 505 Group Work in the Schools
CEP 532 Understanding Statistical Research
CEP 600 School Counseling Internship
CEP 648 Guidance Services: Organization and Administration
CEP 664 Process of Consultation 

Elective Courses (9 credits) (choose three)

CEP 504 Introduction to Rehabilitation Substance Abuse & Addiction
CEP 541 Human Growth and Development
CEP 548 Coaching for Health and Physiological Integration (online)
CEP 549 Psychology of Women
CEP 553 Self-care in Service (on campus and travel course; alternating years)
CEP 560 Psychology of Learning and Instruction
CEP 566 Evidenced-based Interventions for Wellness and Engagement (online)
CEP 588 College Counseling for High School Students
CEP 611 The Mindful Therapist
CEP 615 Legal Aspects of Counseling
CEP 617 Advanced Group Counseling Theory and Techniques
CEP 629 Family Counseling
CEP 649 Rehabilitation Foundations
CEP 650 Behavior Therapy
CEP 689 Brief Solution Focused Therapy
CEP 750 Yoga for Health and Healing

Program Handbook

Application Requirements

You must have a master's degree in school counseling from an accredited institution. 

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter. (This requirement is waived for current students or graduates of the University at Buffalo’s school counseling master’s program.)
  • Academic transcripts: Upload scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including the English translation, if applicable.
  • Statement of education and career goals

Admission Interview: An interview is required to be considered for admission to this program.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicants

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you an international student and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.