St. Bonaventure’s program in School Counseling is nationally accredited by CACREP and is located within the NCATE-accredited School of Education. The program leads to an MSED in Counselor Education and provides a sound theoretical foundation in counseling, as well as extended research-based knowledge in the areas of group and individual counseling, counseling techniques, testing and diagnosis, and school counseling issues and practices. Extensive hands-on field experiences are required.
The MSED in School Counseling is designed for individuals who wish to serve as counselors in K-12 settings.
Graduates of the School Counseling program are employed in public, private and parochial schools. In addition to school counselor positions, alumni in the school track have been employed in administrative roles such as principals and superintendents. All roles are aimed at improving the academic, personal, social and career domains of students. Alumni positions and accolades are outlined in our program brochure.
Class sizes are small, allowing for individualized attention and advisement in regard to your plan of study. Students are able to complete a 48 hour counseling program in two calendar years.
This program prepares individuals for careers in counseling (21-1019.00), which offers good and varied career opportunity, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Students are expected to complete an initial Practicum field experience (forty hours of direct counseling) the first year. They are then required, in the second year, to complete two school counseling internships, each involving 300 clock hours. Site supervisors must have at least three years of experience, and hold the qualifications as dictated by the Office of Professions. The placement process is a collaborative effort between students and faculty members.
Note that the majority of practicum and internship fieldwork must be completed during the weekday hours because of the availability of school counseling opportunities.
When you select SBU for your program of study, you are selecting a New York state registered program. Students who have successfully completed the School Counseling Track may apply for provisional certification in School Counseling through the TEACH website. The School of Education’s Office of Field Services assists students with specific information about certification in School Counseling.
This degree does meet the requirement for professional teacher certification in New York. The degree also meets the criteria for provisional certification as a school counselor in New York. School counseling certification does not require teaching certification or experience.
Students in the advanced certificate of study program can take the necessary courses en route to their permanent certification in School Counseling. Specific requirements for Permanent Certification in School Counseling are specified on the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives website.
Formats and Locations
The Counselor Education Programs are offered in a traditional late afternoon/evening format on the Olean Campus, while the Buffalo Center offers a weekend program at the Hilbert College campus in Hamburg, N.Y. Students at the Buffalo Center are required to take one course on the main campus.
Advanced Certificate in School Counseling
The Advanced Certificate in School Counseling is for individuals possessing a master’s degree and credential in school counseling (typically a 48 hour degree) and need additional coursework to meet the credit hour criteria for permanent certification in New York.
The specific requirements of the advanced certification program are established for each student in consultation with the director of the counseling graduate programs. Generally, advanced certificate students take 12 credit hours — three courses and a 300 hour internship. Because a certificate is awarded upon completion of the requirements, advanced certificate students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid (e.g. Graduate Stafford Loan).
Our Counselor Education Program Handbook
provides additional information.
Tuition and Fees
Information on program costs is available on our graduate program Tuition and Fees
page, from which additional links are provided regarding information on financial aid, scholarships and assistantships, loans and other aid.* Financial aid programs include the Dean's Scholarship (20% tuition reduction) and Franciscan Mission Grant (30% tuition reduction, for employees of Catholic organizations).
*Information provided in compliance with the federal government's Gainful Employment Program aimed at providing students with the information they need to make informed educational choices, including program costs and career outlooks.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Training
St. Bonaventure University is also a certified education and training provider for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The 85 continuing education requirements in addictions is offered through SBU. Note, for the full extent of the additional requirements for this credential, visit the OASAS Credentializing website