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Student Services Certificate

Student Services Certificate

The Student Services Certificate program provides knowledge and skills from the field of school counseling and is designed for individuals currently working in a school or related setting. Professionals who complete the certificate program will be better able to serve students as advocates and advisors, will increase their leadership and collaboration skills, will come away with a better understanding of how school counseling programs function most effectively, and will increase their effectiveness in working with school counselors. The objectives of the program are to train those working in schools with the knowledge and skills needed to apply key elements of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model and principles of social of justice, and to work effectively with students and faculty in K-20 settings. 

The certificate program is embedded in the Master’s in Counseling program and reflects the program’s overall mission and philosophy, which is to train culturally competent counselors to work in a variety of settings using a systemic approach to help clients.  

Certificate Structure

The certificate consists of three courses, totaling 9 credit hours, and may be earned in one year. Students must begin the program in the fall semester and complete the courses in the order listed below.

The three courses meet the requirements of CACREP and ASCA for the training of school counselors, and focus on implementing counseling in a culturally appropriate manner.

Certificate Format



All courses are three graduate credit hours. Tuition is $373/credit, plus student fees.

Related Degree Programs

MA Counseling, School Counseling Concentration

School Counseling Endorsement


Courses Term Offered
COUN 5815: Introduction to School Counseling
This course emphasizes the unique and varied role of the school counselor and school counseling programs in diverse public schools. The course focus will be on learning the various skills necessary to meet the needs of school age students and others in the school community. In addition, the course will cover the ASCA model of comprehensive developmental school counseling activities, and focus on practical resources for counseling students in diverse school settings.
COUN 5425: Developing & Implementing School Counseling Programs
The course is specifically designed to provide training for school counselors and related professionals to develop and implement a comprehensive counseling and guidance program, which incorporates the ASCA National Model.
COUN 6230: School Based Developmental Counseling & Prevention
This course offers the tools to provide developmental counseling services in the schools, including prevention through classroom counseling activities linked with the curriculum, and responsive services.

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