St. Bonaventure University

School Counseling


St. Bonaventure’s program in School Counseling is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is located within the NCATE-accredited School of Education.

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cacrep accredited markThe 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 program fact sheet contains more detailed information.

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 60 credit 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.
  • 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).

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