Special Issues in Counseling Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate
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Behavioral Sciences
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Deepen and expand your expertise in the field of counseling with this 15 credit graduate certificate.

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Certificate Overview

The Special Issues in Counseling graduate certificate program is designed to provide individuals with specialized knowledge in the field of counseling that could either broaden the student's expertise in the field of counseling, or form a foundation for more extensive work at the master's level. This concentration would be ideal for educators, including school counselors, who desire a stronger knowledge base in the field of mental health counseling.

Although you can complete the program in as little as one year, you have six years to complete the program.

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Curriculum and Other Information

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation (References must be from professional sources, and one must be an academic reference.)
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words) describing goals and reasons for applying to the program
  • Successful completion of all undergraduate prerequisites:
    • Developmental Psychology (or equivalent)
    • Statistics, Psychological Statistics or Applied Statistics for Counselors

The learning objectives of the Special Issues in Counseling Graduate Certificate program are: 

  • exhibit empathy and understanding the process of helping others 
  • critically analyze our understanding of mental health, in terms of differentiation of diagnoses as well as connection to the broader field of integrated wellness (e.g., physical, educational) 
  • articulate an application of their coursework to their professional development goals 
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills

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