School Counseling, EdM

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.

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Why School Counseling at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • obtaining experience in the schools begins your 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 planning
  • students complete school placements at a minimum of 2 of 3 levels (elementary, middle, high school)
  • over 100 school counseling and internship sites available for placement

Program Overview

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

Program Coursework

Required Courses (36 credit hours)

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


  • This program awards the EdM degree upon completion of 36 graduate credits. 
  • Upon completion of the EdM, you are eligible to apply for provisional certification in New York State.
  • Current New York State certification requires 60 credit hours for permanent certification (includes 36 credit hours from the EdM).
  • After completion of the advanced certificate (24 credit hours) and two years of appropriate experience, you are eligible to receive permanent certification in New York State.
  • New York State certification is done online at:

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 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

Program Handbook

Application Requirements

You must have a bachelor's degree 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.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores are optional (NEW FOR FALL 2019). If you have already taken the exam and would like to submit scores to us, please use Institution Code 2925 and Department Code 2005.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • 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.

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.

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 in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled 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.

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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.