School Counseling Initial Certification
The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services offers the initial certification/non-degree program in school counseling to students who have a graduate degree in counseling (such as mental health counseling, professional counseling, or community counseling) but need the courses to pursue state certification in school counseling.
Students wishing to pursue the initial certification/non-degree program in school counseling must hold a master’s degree in counseling from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
An applicant can contact CACREP at 1-800-347-6647 ext. 301 to see if his/her program is a CACREP program. An applicant can also review the CACREP site list at http://www.counseling.org/.
If you DO NOT have a CACREP accredited master’s degree in counseling already, but are still interesting in school counseling, please view our School Counseling M.Ed..
If you DO have a CACREP accredited master’s degree in counseling and are, therefore, eligible for the initial certification program in school counseling, please see the information below to learn more about the initial certification program in school counseling.
Students interested in the initial certification/non-degree program must submit the same application materials required by the School Counseling M.Ed. program. View the admissions information below for application requirements and deadlines. The application for the initial certification program in school counseling is due on the same date as the application for the School Counseling M.Ed. program.