Counselor Education & Family Therapy - Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling

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Henry Barnard Hall, Room 225

Dr. Cherie King
Department Chair/Professor

Marian Rosario 
Department Secretary


Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling

The Advanced Official Certificate Program (AOCP) in Professional Counseling is designed for practicing counselors who already earned a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, or related field, but need additional coursework to be eligible for state licensure and/or professional certification. The AOCP is also available for existing practitioners who desire additional coursework in order to advance their clinical skills, which includes an 18-credit gerontology counseling specialization track.

The Advanced Official Certificate Program (AOCP) in Professional Counseling is issued upon successfully completing a combination of up to 30 credits of selected 500-level courses that are designated for the certificate program. Candidates for the AOCP interested in obtaining licensure and/or certification are responsible for directly working with the issuing state entity or credentialing organization regarding the specific coursework needed for the desired professional credential (e.g., State of Connecticut Department of Public Health for the Licensed Professional Counselor, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, etc.).

AOCP Admission Requirements 

  • Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, MFT, social work, or related field with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.  
  • Three current professional recommendations.
  • Written essay that describes the prospective student’s motivation for advanced graduate study, past and present professional experiences, future goals.
  • A formal interview by the program’s faculty

Application deadlines for the Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling are April 1 (for admission beginning the following fall academic semester) and November 1 (for admission beginning the following spring academic semester). The graduate admissions application (including the provision of all required documents and supplemental materials) is completed via online submission protocols outlined by the Office of Graduate Admissions. For additional information regarding the graduate admissions application process, please visit Graduate Admissions.