School counselors focus on academic support, social and emotional needs, and career readiness of students in kindergarten through grade 12. Time can be spent working with individual students, small groups, classrooms, other professionals and parents. Pursue a Master's in School Counseling and make a difference in the life of students.
The School Counseling program is designed to meet the certification requirements of the New York State Department of Education and qualifies you for initial certification in most other states as well. You will share a group of core counseling courses with the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Courses provide the foundational knowledge that you will need as a school counselor.
You will focus on developing practical skills and learn first-hand through lab-based courses, and field experiences, which include an internship. You can complete the program in as little as two years and you will be prepared to help students with the social and cultural issues they face in school today.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits both the School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. CACREP accreditation offers greater recognition of quality professional preparation within the “job market”, as well as educational opportunities beyond a master’s degree, as well as provides students greater reciprocity for state/territory certifications and license beyond New York State.
Both programs provide a common core, and allows students to specialize in school counseling or mental health counseling with further specialization possible in substance abuse counseling or rehabilitation counseling. With some extra coursework, students may meet the requirements of both programs. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions.
Accredited by CACREP – the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs – recognizing that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services is proud to offer professional development seminars that highlight areas of practice within the counseling profession. These seminars are usually scheduled during the fall semester and offer a practical and relevant professional development experience for graduate students, as well as professionals in the field of counseling in WNY.