1 GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (GSE) Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology Transforming Lives through Counseling
2 (CSEP) Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology PREPARING STUDENTS TO TEACH AND COUNSEL OTHERS Services offered by school counselors, school psychologists, educational psychologists, counselor educators, rehabilitation counselors, and counseling psychologists are invaluable at all levels of schooling and in the community, as children and adults are increasingly challenged by the demands of school, work, family, and society. The Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP) is highly regarded within the university community and many programs are accredited nationally. Its mission is to prepare students to work with individuals and groups to resolve problems and enhance development. Positivist and constructivist traditions are applied, of course, but we also place great emphasis on fieldwork, practica, and internship placements.whenever possible, doctoral students are offered employment as graduate assistants an especially valuable experience for those seeking academic careers. The flexibility of our program allows our hands-on faculty to work closely with all students. Most classes are small, informal, and comfortable. The focus is on students, and faculty regularly include students in their research and publication efforts. Employment opportunities in the field after graduation are excellent. Graduates typically work in public schools, as members of college and university faculties or counseling centers, and in community social services agencies and hospitals.
3 Graduate, Counseling/School Psychology Ph.D. Program didyouknow? Graduates of CSEP s Counseling/School Psychology program are working in their field within an average of two months of beginning their job search.
4 The Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology consists of seven graduate degree programs. Doctoral degrees are offered in counseling/school psychology (joint program), counselor education, and educational psychology. Master s degrees are offered in educational psychology, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and school psychology. In addition to these, the department is anticipating the introduction of a master s program in Mental Health Counseling.
5 Counseling/School Psychology The doctoral program in counseling/school psychology is one of approximately 60 programs in the country fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Highly selective, it is designed to prepare psychologists who can evaluate, enhance, and provide human services through scientific inquiry and practice. The counseling/school psychology program differs from other training programs, such as those in professional psychology and social work schools, in that our emphasis is on research: Students learn to make clinical decisions based on available evidence. The quality of the students is a major reason for the program s excellence; incoming classes generally average above 1200 on GRE verbal and quantitative sections. The atmosphere in the program is informal and supportive. Most first- and second-year students receive graduate assistantships or fellowships in the department or elsewhere in the university. And, because of the high quality of our students, many advanced students find assistantships in other University at Buffalo departments and programs. Graduates gain employment, generally, within two months, usually in school systems, hospitals, clinics, universities and colleges, as well as post-doctoral fellowships. Counselor Education This Ph.D. program (which assumes students hold a master s degree in a related field) prepares students for teaching, research, and supervisory staff roles in institutions of higher learning, as well as in community agencies. The program stresses research and counseling and includes skills training as the model for preparation. Students choose an area of concentration (e.g., school, grief, rehabilitation, family counseling or health psychology); they may also elect other concentrations. Interaction among students is encouraged since many students have years of experience. At UB, we understand that much learning comes about through peer interaction. Educational Psychology The educational psychology program seeks to expand and apply knowledge of human behavior in diverse educational settings. It is concerned with cognitive, affective, developmental, social, and motivational aspects of learning and instructional processes, as well as with the assessment of individual differences and achievements. Applications include the development and evaluation of teaching, learning, and assessment procedures; the use of technologies; and the development of didyouknow? Many graduate assistantships are currently offered through the CSEP program. Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling Graduates of the master s program in School Counseling are granted early admission to the Certificate of Advanced Study Program in School Counseling. This 24-credit hour program is at the post-master s level, and prepares students to meet the educational requirements for permanent certification in School Counseling in New York State.
6 curriculum materials. Applications are also found in the formulation and testing of processes to assist individuals educational, career, and personal development. Building on the comprehensive base of the master s degree, the Ph.D program continues broad coverage of the field while enabling students to pursue individualized programs that encompass learning and development; learning, technology, and computers; and research methods, measurement, and statistics. Graduates of this program work in a variety of environments, ranging from colleges and universities to public schools (generally in education, psychology, or health-related professions) to classroom and resource-room teachers in public schools (e.g., classroom teachers, school psychologists, directors of research or test development, instructional support, and/or supervision). Rehabilitation Counseling Rehabilitation counseling is an exciting, rapidlygrowing profession and UB s program is one of the oldest and best of its kind in the United States. We are hands-on; the counseling skills and rehabilitation techniques learned in the classroom are practiced and evaluated in the field at rehabilitation agencies. Individual student programs are planned by the students and their faculty advisors. A critical aspect of the program is the emphasis on applied clinical experience: students have clinical training in three of their four semesters of study. Rehabilitation counseling graduates hold leadership positions around the country and work with the psychological, social, vocational, and educational problems of people disabled by physical, mental, emotional, or social conditions. The goal is to assist disabled people in achieving the highest possible level of independent functioning. Periodic follow-ups of the graduates of this program indicate that 95 percent or more are employed in rehabilitation-related positions. This program is nationally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). School Counseling School counselors deal with the normal developmental problems of elementary and secondary school students, including educational and vocational choices. They work as part of a team in the school to create an effective climate for learning, to help pupils develop aspirations and positive self-concepts, and to encourage their talents. UB s program seeks to educate students to assist youth in educational settings to cope with developmental and remedial tasks involving educational, vocational, and personal-social needs. The program combines coursework with supervised practica to train students to become effective counselors and to implement and evaluate a comprehensive program of guidance services. Graduates are expected to be able to apply strategies and techniques, conceptualize and implement a program of counseling services, and engage in evaluation of their efforts. Within two months of final coursework, most students who desire positions as school counselors are placed. School Psychology The full-time M.A. program in school psychology offers integrated coursework and field experiences to develop the competencies required of school psychologists. Combining theoretical and on-site experiences, the program offers exposure to educational/ psychological foundations, assessment, counseling, and consultation. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for provisional certification from the Bureau of Certification of the New York State Education Department. This program is nationally approved by the National Association for School Psychologists (NASP).
7 UB s Graduate School of Education didyouknow? TRANSFORMING LIVES At the University at Buffalo s Graduate School of Education (GSE), thought and research devoted to practical action on school reform are strong priorities. Such practical action recognizes that the parts of any educational system are interrelated. In the spirit of this critical understanding, the GSE is organized as a community of inquiry of three departments: Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology; Educational Leadership and Policy; and Learning and Instruction. The goal is to prepare reflective practitioners whether as teachers in schools or universities, administrators, counselors, or psychologists who inquire as they practice. A beautiful setting, Buffalo, the second-largest city in New York State, is often described as big enough to be big, yet small enough to be small. Good music, international restaurants, professional sports teams, urban hustle and bright lights the city of good neighbors features something for everyone. It s a livable, friendly, and easygoing city that supports a rich cultural heritage, vibrant theater, a first-rate symphony orchestra, and one of the nation s premier collections of twentieth-century art in our world-renowned Albright-Knox an exciting city. Art Gallery. No matter what your interests may be, there s always something to do. Located at the eastern end of 250-mile-long Lake Erie, where the lake empties into the Niagara River, Buffalo is a quick drive or even a quick bike ride to Canada, and it s just twenty minutes from Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the world. You ll experience all four seasons in Western New York from the cooling breezes of summer to snow in the winter to spectacular fall colors. The graduates of our Counseling/School Psychology program virtually all score in the top 15 percent of students nationwide on the National Licensure Exam.
8 Financial Aid The Graduate School of Education is very affordable and works with the university financial aid office to help students find the funding they need. Assistantships, tutoring opportunities, and fellowships are available to many of our graduate students. For more information on financial aid options, visit wings.buffalo.edu/services/fin-aid/. Housing Opportunities Graduate student housing abounds, including several newly opened modern, townhouse-style graduate student apartments adjacent to UB s North Campus. For more information on housing options, visit UB... ranked among the best. The Graduate School of Education is part of the most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York system. The University at Buffalo is consistently ranked among the top public research institutions in the country. As members of the university, GSE students and faculty have full access to an intellectual atmosphere few schools of education can match. didyouknow? Admission and Application to CSEP To qualify for admission to any of the programs in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, students must submit the following with all applications: Official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores* Statement of career goals and objectives Professional references two academic, one work-related Admission interview upon department request $50.00 non-refundable application fee *Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores may be accepted for certain programs. Yahoo! Internet Life ranks UB 10th among the country s most wired universities. APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE PROGRAM SPECIFIC: Counseling/School Psychology (Ph.D.) February 1 School Psychology (M.A.) February 1 School Counseling (Ed.M.) February 1 Counselor Education (Ph.D.) March 1 Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.) March 1 Educational Psychology (M.A. and Ph.D.) Rolling admissions Admission applications to any of the programs in CSEP can be completed online at: For further information about admission to any of the programs in CSEP call (716)
9 When master s students graduate from the school psychology program, they have completed nearly 3,000 hours of combined practica and internships working with children and families. Professor School Psychology LEADELLE PHELPS GLORIA LEE Assistant Professor Rehabilitation Counseling Rehabilitation counseling focuses on employment as a therapeutic intervention to help individuals with disabilities overcome environmental barriers, improve psychosocial adjustment and reintegrate into society. CSEP creates a caring environment by stressing empathy and compassion in our professional, as well as our interpersonal, exchanges. Associate Professor Counseling Psychology THOMAS FRANTZ Doctoral student Counselor Education All of my professors are as interested in helping their students as they are in publishing. DAN SMITH Ph.D. alumna Counseling Psychology PATRICIA CAVAZOS It meant a lot that my areas of interest were nurtured and supported by such a caring faculty. Doctoral student Educational Psychology NAMISI CHILUNGU Everyone from faculty to staff is looking to put you first.
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