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 - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 hours)
- MSED Counselor Education - School Counseling (48 hours)
- MSED Counselor Education - Rehabilitation Counseling* (48 hours)
- Advanced Certificate of Study - School Counseling (required hours varies)
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.
*Rehabilitation Counseling is a newer program and not yet eligible for CACREP. It is approved and registered with the State of NY.
The MSED in School Counseling is designed for individuals who wish to serve as counselors in K-12 settings. The program provides extended research-based knowledge in areas of group and individual counseling, techniques of counseling, testing and diagnosis, and school counseling issues and practices.
This degree does meet the requirement for professional teacher certification in NY. The degree also meets the criteria for initial certification as a school counselor in NY and Pennsylvania. School counseling certification in these states does not require teaching certification or experience.
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 federal financial aid (e.g. Graduate Stafford Loan).
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 a 48 hour counseling program in two calendar 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.