MSED IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

We're a Nationally Accredited Program

St. Bonaventure’s School Counselor Education program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Additionally, the university's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).   

Several degrees are available in the growing field of counseling:

  • MSED/MS Counselor Education  - Community Mental Health (60 hours)
  • MSED Counselor Education - School Counseling (48 hours)
  • Advanced Certificate of Study - School Counseling

St. Bonaventure University is also a certified education training provider for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). We offer two three-credit courses that meet the full 85-hour requirement of the Education & Training Compliance Protocols, Section One, for the Credentialing of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC) credential.

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. 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 post graduation are specified on the above website.

Traditional Afternoon or Weekend Formats and Two Locations

The Counseling Program offers a traditional late afternoon-night format on the Olean Campus, while the Buffalo Center offers a weekend program at the Hilbert campus. Buffalo Center students are required to take one course on the main campus. Note, the majority of fieldwork is completed almost exclusively during the weekday due to the availability of school training opportunities.

Class sizes on both campuses are small, allowing for individualized attention and advisement in regard to your plan of study. Students are able to complete the 48 hours within two years.

You are provided with a sound theoretical foundation in counseling, as well as extensive hands-on field experiences, which are further described in the Counselor Education Program Handbook.

This program prepares individuals for careers in counseling (21-1019.00). 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.*  

Graduates in the School Track are employed in public, private and parochial schools in a plethora of locations. 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.

Our Counselor Education Program Handbook provides additional information.


Contact Information

If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or gradsch@sbu.edu for graduate admission materials. 

For more information regarding the degree in counselor education - school, please contact 
Dr. Alan Silliker, Director 
Plassmann Hall, B36, St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2368

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Adekson, Mary

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2041
E-Mail: madekson@sbu.edu
Website: http://sched.sbu.edu/faculty/madekson/ 
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B53
Courses Taught
  • CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling
  • CE 610. Practicum
  • CE 620A. Internship 1: School Counseling
  • CE 620B. Internship 2: School Counseling
  • CE 625B. Internship 2: CMH Counseling
  • CE 638. Multicultural Counseling
  • CE 550. Group Counseling
  • Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • M.Ed., Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • B.A., English and American Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
  • Other Education
    Professional Background
  • WIEN fellow at Brandeis University (scholarship to finish undergraduate degree)
  • Graduate Assistant at Ohio University
  • PEIO scholarship recipient (to finish doctorate degree)
  • Accomplishments
    Teaching Philosophy I teach to get students to retain the best of the information presented and use it to become better professionals in the field of counseling. My teaching is student centered. I bring in my experience in the field of counseling to help my students gain understanding of their future work as mental health, college and school counselors.
    Current Research Interests/Projects I have written a book titled "Native American and Canadian Medicine Men, Healers and Helpers" (Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013), which is available at www.morebooks.de. I am presently editing "Mentoring Future Counselors," a handbook that will be available to future counselors, counselors in the field, and alumni of counselor education programs. The book comprises about 40 chapters written by counselor educators from all over the world. I am also working with three other writers on another manuscript on mentoring international students
    Other Interests/Community Involvement I am a board member for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Cattaraugus County. I like to work out at the Richter Center on the St. Bonaventure campus
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