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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Counseling (Post Master’s) Graduate Certificate

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Department: Dean’s Office


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.

Graduate Certificate Admissions and Process

Students must apply and be admitted into the Graduate Certificate to be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Certificate Director prior to applying. 

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. University Admission Requirements, including English Proficiency    
  2. Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements    

Curriculum Requirements (16 Credit Hours)

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 )

Certificate Courses:

Graduate Certificate Time Limit

Five (5) Years.

Graduate Certificate Completion

For procedures to confirm completion of the Graduate Certificate, please refer to the website.

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