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Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling

The Advanced Official Certificate Program (OCP) in Professional Counseling is designed for practicing counselors who already hold a master's degree in counseling, psychology, MFT or Social Work and are preparing for state licensure as a Professional Counselor through the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health or national Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). In addition, the OCP offers an 18-credit Gerontology Counseling specialization track for practicing counselors. A certificate in advanced graduate work in Professional Counseling is issued upon completion of a combination of up to 18 credits of selected 500-level courses, with a grade of B or better, designed for the certificate program. Admission criteria for the Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling:

  • Master's degree in counseling, psychology, MFT or Social Work with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Completion of the application process: Students must formally apply to Graduate Admissions by completing the application form, paying the non-refundable application fee of $50 and having official transcript for each course taken sent by each previously attended University (excluding CCSU) directly to Graduate Admissions
  • Three current professional recommendations
  • Written essay - description of student's motivation for advanced graduate study, past experience and future professional goals
  • Interview with program faculty

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete the required 60 credits to be license eligible
  • Students will pass the licensure/certification exam
  • Students will complete the required content courses for licensure/certific
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