School Counseling Post-Master's Certificate
The School Counseling Certificate program is provided for students who already possess a master's degree and need to meet the course requirements for certification as a K-12 School Counselor, as listed below. Courses can be waived if equivalent courses have already been completed, as determined by consultation with an advisor. The requirements for this certification program meet the certification standards of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For more information on the School Counseling: Initial Educator: K-12, five-year license, please see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Web site (www.dpi.state.wi.us).
In order to be eligible to receive an initial educator license as a school counselor, students will need to (1) complete the coursework and practica listed below, (2) complete a portfolio assessment, and (3) pass the national Praxis II licensing examination. Other states have different licensing standards and if you are interested in being eligible for a different state you are strongly encouraged to contact that state's Department of Public Instruction to ascertain whether additional requirements are necessary.
Admission to the Post-Master's Certification Sequence
In order to successfully complete the certification sequence, a student must be accepted into the School Counseling Post-Master's Certificate Program. To be considered, applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better, and must complete the UW System online admission application (select "Graduate courses for personal/professional enrichment" as your reason for applying).
Applicants must submit the following to the Counseling Admissions Committee in the Department of Educational Psychology as part of the admissions process for the certification program:
- Three letters of reference, which must address the applicant's academic and interpersonal skills. These must be hard-copy, received in signed, sealed envelopes.
- An official transcript showing the awarding of your master's degree.
- A completed "Career Statement" form.*
- A completed “Personal Data” form.*
* Both are on the Department of Educational Psychology Web site: http://www4.uwm.edu/soe/academics/ed_psych/sc_counseling/apply.cfm
Counseling Admissions Committee address: Counseling Admissions Committee, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.
The department must receive all materials by March 1. To ensure department receipt of materials on time, it is highly recommended that you submit the application to the Graduate School, and the supporting materials (three letters of recommendation, official transcript from your master's degree, Personal Data Form, and Career Statement) to the Department of Educational Psychology by January 31.
Shortly after the March 1 application deadline, the Counseling Area Admissions Committee will meet and review the applications. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision generally within four weeks after the deadline. The Counseling Admissions Committee carefully reviews the following information as part of the decision making process for admitting students to graduate school: GPA, letters of recommendation, and the applicant's statement on the "Career Statement" form. Applicants are urged to take special care in describing long range goals, how they see themselves fitting into UWM's program, which has an urban and multicultural emphasis, and relating experiences which influenced their decision to pursue counseling.
Program of Studies for School Counseling Post-Master's Certificate
Students will need to complete the following sequence of courses from the Counseling Core and the School Core, or have equivalent previous coursework, as determined in consultation with an advisor.
- Counseling Core (21 credits)
- 710 Counseling: Theories and Issues
- 711 Foundations of Career Development
- 714 Essentials of Counseling Practice
- 715 Multicultural Counseling
- 800 Group Counseling Theory
- 820 Counseling Appraisal and Clinical Decision Making
- 904 Family Systems Theory, Research, and Practice
- School Core (15 credits)
- 602 Introduction to School Counseling
- 774 Supervised Practicum I in School Counseling
- 810 Counseling in the Schools
- 816 Counseling Children and Adolescents
- 968 Supervised Practicum II in School Counseling