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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Weber, Allen

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: 716-375-2365
E-Mail: aweber@sbu.edu
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B50
Courses Taught
  • CE 550. Group Counseling
  • CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
  • CLAR 107. Catholic and Franciscan Heritage
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., 1990, Counseling, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
    • Dissertation title: the Relationship between Internal-External Control and Endogenous Versus Reactive Depression in Clinically Depressed Adults 
  • M.A., 1979, School and Community Psychology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • M.S., 1975, Religious Education, Fordham, University, New York, NY
  • S.T.B., 1965, Theology, Catholic University, Washington, DC.
  • A.B., Seton Hall University, Classical Languages and Philosophy
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments An upcoming book chapter on a Franciscan approach to counseling
Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy arises from my commitment as a Franciscan and a Christian.  I believe that all humans are fundamentally bound to each other as images of God, brothers and sisters who share the goodness of creation.

I believe teaching should be student-centered, encourage discovery and active learning in an atmosphere of personal care and respect. Since diversity is fundamental to creation, it should be honored and highly valued in the classroom and indeed in every aspect of creation.

Current Research Interests/Projects My current interest is in the relationship between spirituality and counseling.
Other Interests/Community Involvement Ministry in local parishes, Ethics Committee, Rehabilitation Center
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