Career Counseling


The Career Counseling Graduate Certificate offers students the opportunity to focus their studies on the life-career development needs of individuals and groups. Individuals with this specialization may find employment opportunities in career centers of community colleges and universities, as well as businesses and in individual practice. This specialization is designed to prepare the master level counseling graduate to become a Nationally Certified Counselor which can be acquired by passing the National Counselor Examination, and by completing two years of supervised counseling experience. If this is a goal, applicants should contact the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) at for more information. In addition, applicants will be prepared to become a Master Career Counselor with applications available at Those without a Masters degree in counseling will gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the area of career counseling. The curriculum is based on the standard of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It is possible to apply up to 12 hours of these courses to the Educational Specialist degree if a candidate applies and is accepted.

Course location/delivery

This graduate certificate program is offered partially online and at the Tampa campus.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or be currently seeking the master's degree in a closely related field and comply with the following:

Students must have completed the equivalent of MHS 6006, Trends and Principles of the Counseling Profession. For students who seek to become a Master Career Counselor, it is recommended that they confer with the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at the National Career Development Association at

Application Process

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


MHS 6006, Trends and Principles of the Counseling Profession.


13-14 credit hours. It is possible to complete the courses within two semesters. All courses will have an on-line component.

MHS 6340 Career Development (4 credit hours) (partially online course)
MHS 6601 Consultation for the Counseling Professional (3 credit hours)
MHS 6341 Career Program Design and Evaluation (3 credit hours) (fully online course)


Select an elective course from the list below. An alternate elective course may be selected with the certificate director's approval.

SDS 6042 Introduction of Student Affairs (3 credit hours)
INP 6935 Topics in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours)
RCS 5080 Medical Aspects of Disability (3 credit hours)
EVT 6264 Administration of Local Programs: Vocational (4 credit hours)
EVT 6769 Methods, Procedures & Processes of Vocational Evaluation (3 credit hours)
EVT 7155 Career Development in Vocational, Technical & Adult Ed (3 credit hours)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit.

Credit toward graduate degree

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

Standardized tests

Those seeking to become a National Board Certified Counselor will be required to pass the National Counselor Examination, for more information contact 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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