Certificate in School Counseling

Counseling and Student Affairs Program
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Graduate Certificate in School Counseling

Individuals already possessing a master's degree in counseling, psychology, education, special education, social work, or any other mental health field at another institution may qualify for licensure certificate program status. This program requires students to complete the equivalent of our degree program through transfer courses and courses taken at MSUM.

Admission Requirements

Information on admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage.

Student Learning Outcomes

Candidates who complete the Graduate Certificate in School Counseling will be able to:

  • Know the roles, functions, settings, and professional identity of the school counselor in relation to the roles of other professional and support personnel in the school.
  • Understand current models of school counseling programs (e.g., American School Counselor Association [ASCA] National Model) and their integral relationship to the total educational program.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply and adhere to ethical and legal standards in school counseling.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate, model, and advocate for an appropriate school counselor identity and program.
  • Know the theories and processes of effective counseling and wellness programs for individual students and groups of students.
  • Know how to design, implement, manage, and evaluate programs to enhance the academic, career, and personal/social development of students.
  • Provide individual and group counseling and classroom guidance to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of students.
  • Develop measurable outcomes for school counseling programs, activities, interventions, and experiences.
  • Analyze and use data to enhance school counseling programs.
  • Know how to build effective working teams of school staff, parents, and community members to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of students.

Program Delivery Mode
Online Plus: offered entirely online with face-to-face options available for some/all sections

Core Requirements

School Counseling Graduate Certificate (13 credits)

CNSA 650 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs (3)
CNSA 652 Classroom Management for School Counselors (1)
CNSA 655 Counseling Children, Adolescents and Families (3)
CNSA 669A Internship in School Counseling - 300 hours (3) *was CNSA 692A
CNSA 691A Practicum in School Counseling – 150 hours (1)
PSY 634 Methods for Evidence Based Practices (2)

Students without a teaching license for North Dakota School Counselor (additional 6 credits)

ED 601 Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credits)
ED 632 Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Theory (3 credits)
Praxis I & II

Students who have a Master's Degree other than Counseling 

CNSA 605 Counseling Research, Statistical Methods and Program Evaluation (3)
CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling (3)
CNSA 611 Theories of Individual and Family Counseling (3)
CNSA 612 Counseling Assessment & Appraisal (3)
CNSA 613 Career Development (3)
CNSA 614 Human Growth and Development for Counselors (3)
CNSA 615 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling (3)
CNSA 620 Counseling Skills I (3)
CNSA 630 Group Counseling (3)
CNSA 640 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling (3)
CNSA 682 Trauma Informed & Crisis Management (3)