Our master's program in school counseling, which can be taken in partnership with the certificate of advanced study, is designed to prepare you to meet New York State standards for school counselors for the provisional certificate and the permanent certificate. This program seeks to educate counselors to assist K–12 youth to develop skills involving educational, vocational and personal-social needs. Through our program, you will learn how to apply a diverse repertoire of helping strategies and techniques, conceptualize and implement a comprehensive school counseling program, and engage in evaluation of your efforts.
The features of our program include:
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM)|
|Credits required for completion||36|
|Time to completion||3 full-time semesters|
|Course delivery||On campus|
|Careers||School counselors in K–12 schools|
|Experiential contact hours||300 hours in schools |
|Application deadline||Jan. 15|
CEP 503 Tests and Measurement
CEP 596 School Counseling Fieldwork
CEP 597 School Counseling Practicum
CEP 618 Principles of Counseling Practice
CEP 634 Multicultural Counseling
CEP 644 Counseling with Children and Adolescents
CEP 645 Introduction to School Counseling
CEP 653 Foundations and Principles of Counseling
CEP 658 Introduction to Group Work
CEP 680 Career Development
CEP 700 Individual Guidance Project: Portfolio Development
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
CEP 504 Introduction to Rehabilitation Substance Abuse and Addiction
CEP 541 Human Growth and Development
CEP 549 Psychology of Women
CEP 560 Psychology of Learning and Instruction
CEP 588 College Counseling for High School Students
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
In an effort to make the application process more equitable, the GRE/MAT is no longer required for admissions consideration for those applying to this program through the fall 2022 semester. If you still plan to take the GRE/MAT exam, you can send your scores through the testing agency, and they will automatically be added to your application; however, they are not required for admission consideration to this program.
You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
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.
Admission Decision: The admission 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.
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.
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.
Provisional School Counselor certificates will no longer be issued after February 1, 2023. Individuals must apply and meet all of the requirements for Provisional School Counselor certification by this date. The Provisional Renewal and Permanent School Counselor certificates will continue to be issued until a date determined by the New York State Education Department.
Effective February 2, 2023, individuals can apply for the Initial and Professional School Counselor certificates. The Initial and Professional School Counselor certificates will have different requirements than the Provisional and Permanent School Counselor certificates.
Information on this webpage and related links only apply to the Provisional and Permanent School Counselor Certificates.
This disclosure is strictly limited to the University at Buffalo’s determination of whether its educational program, EdM and ACS in School Counseling, if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational certification requirements in a state for provisional and permanent certification as a school counselor. The University at Buffalo cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Such individual determinations are made by state licensing and certification boards, and are fact-specific determinations.
Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their state’s licensure entity using the links provided in the full disclosure document to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.