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 open to current University at Buffalo graduate students only.

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Why choose UB’s program?

  1. Our program offers hands-on experience from day one, combining theory with practical cases in school counseling, career development, and counseling theory. You'll learn to deliver classroom guidance, individual, and small-group interventions to support students' academic, career and personal/social needs, as well as aid in post-graduation planning.
  2. Our students benefit from an extensive network of partnerships with over 100 school counseling and internship sites, ensuring diverse placement opportunities. You'll engage in placements across elementary, middle and high schools, gaining comprehensive experience.
  3. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to work as a school counselor in New York State, equipped with the skills and experience needed for success in the field.


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

The Value of an Advanced Certificate

In today’s dynamic professional environment, continuous self-improvement is essential for career success. Advancements, competition and evolving landscapes require professionals to maintain current, industry-relevant knowledge, skills, and competencies. Advanced certificates can complement completed degrees or serve as standalone credentials. Regardless of your chosen path, an advanced certificate offers additional knowledge and opportunities to refine professional skills, facilitating career advancement. They offer a flexible, accessible and cost-effective educational route to pursue career goals and remain competitive.

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