School Counseling Post Master's


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). If admitted to the program, it is strongly suggested that you have the FLDOE do a transcript review. It is the student's responsibility to see if they need courses in addition to the certificate program for certification.

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:

  • Appraisal (equivalent to MHS 6200)
  • Career Development (equivalent to MHS 6340)
  • Human Development (equivalent to EDF 6354)
  • Counseling Theories (equivalent to MHS 6400)
  • Group Counseling (equivalent to MHS 6509)
  • Legal and Ethical (equivalent to MHS 6700)
  • Multicultural/Special Populations Counseling (equivalent to MHS 6420)
  • Counseling practicum (equivalent to MHS 6800)

Application Process

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


None are required.

Requirements (16-22 Credit Hours)

  • MHS 6418 School Counseling Accountability (3)
  • EDF 6217 Behavior Theory Classroom Learning (4)
  • MHS 6601 Consultation (3)
  • SDS 6820 Internship (6)

Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • EDG 6931 ESOL for School Counselors (3)
  • EDG 6931 Research & Methods in Reading (3)

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.


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Graduate Certificates

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