School Counselor Certification Program

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Graduate Certificate

The school counselor certification program prepares graduates to become certified elementary, secondary or K-12 school counselors.Applicants must currently hold a master's degree or higher, preferably in a human services area.Graduates from other majors who have experience in the human service field or who have demonstrated motivation to enter the field of school counseling may also apply.

Transfer credit from previous graduate degrees may satisfy program requirements. Faculty members in the UAF counseling program determine which program requirements have been met. A course of study is designed for each admitted student. 

Those wishing to become certified school counselors but who do not have a master's degree or higher will complete the Master of Education in school counseling.

Minimum Requirements for School Counselor Graduate Certificate: 39-42 credits

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Complete the following admission requirements:

  • Application to the school counselor certification program follows the same admission requirements and procedures as for the M.Ed. in counseling
  • Application requires a master's degree or higher preferably in a human service area such as education, social work, psychology, human services, etc. Graduates from other majors who have experience in the human service field or who have demonstrated motivation to enter the field of school counseling may also apply.

Additional requirements:

  • Submit a disclosure statement upon admission to the program. Resubmit annually.
  • Submit a national-level criminal background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to seeing clients during COUN F634P.
  • Complete internship placements appropriate to the student's declared area of interest.
  • Complete background check procedure required by the school internship placement. The procedure varies depending on placement.

Minimum Requirements for School Counselor Graduate Certificate: 39-42 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Graduate Certificate Requirements
Complete the graduate certificate requirements.
School Counselor Program Requirements
Complete the following program requirements for certification in one level (elementary or secondary):
COUN F615Foundations of Counseling3
COUN F617PPre-practicum3
or COUN F634P Practicum
COUN F623Counseling Theories and Applications I3
COUN F627Developmental Interventions3
COUN F628Child and Adolescent Development3
COUN F630Appraisal for Counselors3
COUN F632Career Development3
COUN F636Internship I 13
COUN F646School Counseling3
COUN F647Professional Ethics3
COUN F660Multicultural Counseling3
COUN F674Group Counseling3
COUN F686Internship II 13
Complete the following optional class for K-12 school counseling certification (elementary and secondary)3
Internship III 1