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Taking a Play Therapy Course at Georgia State University

APT Approved CenterAPT Approved ProviderWhile most mental health professionals can find their play therapy training needs met through our training workshops, some professionals may wish to take one of our academic semester play therapy courses offered at Georgia State University.

During most spring and fall semesters we offer the GSU courses CPS 8400: Introduction to Play Therapy, as well as CPS 8600: Advanced Play Therapy (CPS 8400 is a mandatory prerequisite for CPS 8600). While spots in CPS 8400 and CPS 8600 are at first reserved for (and often entirely filled by) CPS department degree seeking students, we occasionally have the opportunity to offer an available seat to a non-degree seeking or transient student. If you are interested in becoming a non degree or transient student so that you might take one of these spots if they become available, please see the following instructions:

Mental health or education professionals hoping to enter GSU and enroll in a course such as CPS 8400 or CPS 8600 must complete the following steps:

1) You must complete a graduate application to the College of Education & Human Development's "Mental Health Counseling, Non-degree" program by the listed deadline. Please note that all application materials listed (including GRE scores, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. ) are required. Do not forget to include the list of courses you are hoping to take (CPS 8400). Also note that you are subject to all the rules and policies that govern the non-degree student in the College of Education & Human Development. These are detailed in the current graduate catalog.

2) The CPS department will be given the opportunity to consider your application (and request for a seat in CPS 8400) and other submitted materials once The Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions (OAA) determines that your application is complete and you meet the minimum qualifications for non-degree status. Notification of the application decision can come (and usually does come) as late as one week prior to the course start date, simply because we must give all our degree seeking student first priority registration. Please be flexible and patient. Notification is usually sent by email.

If you are accepted as a non-degree student for CPS 8400 (or CPS 8600), but cannot accept the seat open to you at that time (due to a schedule change, etc.), we will assist you in asking the Office of Academic Assistance to postpone your admission application until the next section of your desired play therapy course is offered--your application (and seat request) will be reevaluated at that time.  Previously admitted students are not guaranteed admission into the next term. Additional application fees may apply at that time.

CPS 8400 is generally offered every fall and spring semester--no summer offerings are available at this time. The date course offerings are posted to the website. Class meetings times are usually on weekday mornings.

CPS 8600 is generally offered the fall semester only. Class meetings times are usually on weekday mornings.

Graduate Transient Student (request to be a visiting student)

A student in good standing at another college or university may take classes in the College of Education & Human Development as a temporary or visiting student. In addition to the application, a student usually must also present documentation of being in good standing at the home institution. Also, the CPS department requires an official, sealed transcript to accompany the transient application. The transcript should be from the student's current graduate program. Download the CEHD Graduate Transient Application (PDF) Notification of the application decision can come (and usually does come) as late as one week prior to the course start date, simply because we must give all our degree seeking student first priority registration. Please be flexible and patient. Notification is usually sent by email.

The CPS department will be given the opportunity to consider your transient application (and request for a seat in CPS 8400) and other submitted materials once The Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions (OAA) determines that your application is complete and you meet the minimum qualifications for transient student status. If there are multiple sections/offerings of your desired course, please specify which section is your first choice.

If you are accepted as a non-degree student for CPS 8400 (or CPS 8600), but cannot accept the seat open to you at that time (due to a schedule change, etc.), we will assist you in asking OAA to postpone your transient student application until the next section of your desired play therapy course is offered--your application (and seat request) will be reevaluated at that time.  Previously admitted students are not guaranteed admission into the next term. Additional application fees may apply at that time.

CPS 8400 is generally offered every fall and spring semester--no summer offerings are available at this time. The date course offerings are posted to the website. Class meetings times are usually on weekday mornings. CPS 8600 is generally offered the fall semester only. Class meetings times are usually on weekday mornings.