Programs

School Counseling Post Master's

Description

The Graduate Certificate in School Counseling is designed to meet the curriculum needs of:

  1. Mental health or career counselors who wish to pursue a Florida Certification as a School Counselor.
  2. Counselors with a Masters or higher who seek to broaden their knowledge about school counseling issues.
  3. Professional counselors who have relocated to Florida and may lack some of the courses required by the State of Florida for school counselor certification.

The coursework covers a broad range of school counseling issues. The curriculum is based on the standard of the Florida Department of Education. The Graduate Certificate provides the academic experiences and courses required by the state for certification as a school counselor. Upon completion of the certificate, students are eligible to apply for school counselor certification (a post-masters requirement).

Please Note: Florida Department of Education requires an ESOL and a Reading course that are offered as electives in the USF College of Education for this certificate but may be available through school districts.

Course Location/Delivery

This Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus and partially online.

Admission Requirements

Master's degree in Counseling or Counselor Education with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Prerequisite courses (list of specific courses or a certain number of credits in a discipline):

The following courses must be at the graduate level and be at least 3 semester hours each:

Application Process

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

Prerequisites

None are required.

Requirements (16-22 Credit Hours)

Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Time Limit

Certificate should be completed within 3 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.

Contacts

Lisa Adkins
813-974-3463
lisaadkins@usf.edu

Graduate Certificates
813-974-4926
askusf4you@usf.edu 

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