BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Graduate School of
Education (GSE) has established a new bridge online certificate
program in Mental Health Counseling.
The certificate will be offered as an 18- to 24- credit-hour
curriculum to prepare students with master's degrees in
counseling-related areas to meet the academic requirements for New
York State mental health licensing.
"We see bridge as a way to expand our capacity for preparing
well-qualified mental health counselors for the State of New York,"
said Timothy P. Janikowski, associate professor and chair of the
Mental Health Counseling Program. "The online component will
provide students who are unable to attend classes in person the
opportunity to obtain training from the expert faculty at the
The advanced graduate certificate program, which was designed to
ensure students learn and develop skills with a solid foundation
based in research and empirical evidence, will launch with a class
of 10 in August. It joins other online programs offered by GSE,
such as rehabilitation counseling, library science, gifted
education and science and the public.
The Graduate School of Education has been offering online
programs for over 10 years, and all programs are taught by the GSE
full-time faculty, as well as, renowned practitioners working in
"This new program in Mental Health Counseling represents a
strong investment in the expansion of online programs at UB
Graduate School of Education," said Christine Kroll, assistant dean
of the school. "Reaching out to diversify our student base is a key
component to offering rich learning interactions that can't always
be achieved in place bound classrooms."
The Graduate School of Education also offers an on-campus option
for students who may wish to pursue the program in a traditional
Interested applicants may apply for the new program or other
fully online programs, through GSE's online program