Mental Health Counseling


The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling is designed to meet the curriculum needs of (1) school counselors who seek to broaden their knowledge about mental health issues; (2) school counselors who wish to pursue Florida Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, and (3) professional counselors who have relocated to Florida and may lack some of the courses required by the State of Florida for licensure. The course work covers a broad range of mental health issues. The curriculum is based on the standard of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Graduate Certificate provides the academic experiences and courses required by the state. Upon completion of the certificate, students are eligible to become Florida registered interns (a post-masters requirement).

Course Location/Delivery

This program is offered at the Tampa campus. Most of the courses include online activities.

CEU/Licensure Credit

Those seeking licensure as a Florida Mental Health Counselor will be required to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

Admission Requirements

Students must hold a Master's degree in counseling or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For those who seek licensure, it is recommended that they confer with the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at this website to ensure that they meet the other core licensure requirements. In addition students must have completed the equivalent of the following courses:

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


Fourteen semester hours of course work must be successfully completed for the certificate. The courses are offered sequentially and can be completed in one year beginning in the summer with completion the following summer. However, it is possible to complete the certificate within two semesters. All courses have an on-line component.



Time Limit

Courses should be completed in two to three years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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