Advanced Official Certificate Program

Professional Counseling

Central to Advancing Your Influential Career.

CCSU’s Professional Counseling Advanced Official Certificate Program (AOCP) is designed for practicing counselors and clinicians who hold a master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, 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 AOCP offers an 18-credit Gerontology Counseling specialization track for practicing counselors. A certificate in advanced graduate work in Professional Counseling is issued upon completion, with a grade of B or better, of a combination of up to 30 credits of 500-level courses selected from those designed for the certificate program.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August  
  • 30-credit program  
  • Attend full- or part-time  
  • Classes available evenings  
  • Financial aid is available  
  • No GMAT/GRE required 


What You'll Gain

  • A personalized program of study designed to allow you to complete the necessary coursework you need to meet counselor licensure or certification requirements  
  • Work with your program advisor to map out and sequence coursework including practicum and internship in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling setting (as required by the Connecticut Department of Public Health for LPC) or Rehabilitation Counseling (as required by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC))  
  • Coursework content that assists students with preparation for National Counselor Examination (NCE) needed for LPC or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination