Post-Masters Certificate Program for School Counseling Licensure

Overview

The Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling meets the need of students who have completed a master’s degree in counseling but have not met requirements for licensure as a school counselor in the state of North Carolina. Successful completion of the program requirements will enable the student to be recommended for licensure in school counseling from the university to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

The Program

A program of study will be designed based on an individual review of each applicant’s graduate transcript(s) and selected program option. A minimum of 12 credit hours is required. The completion of this program, in addition to passing the PRAXIS II Specialty Area Test for School Counselors, will qualify students to become licensed school counselors.
NOTE: This program is available on line through the Office of Distance Education. It is for students from a CACREP accredited counseling program only.
Contact http://www.distanceed.uncc.edu  for further information.

Certificate Requirements and Sequence of Courses:

  • CSLG 7141  The Professional School Counselor (Required first course).
  • CSLG 7646  Advocacy and Leadership in Professional School Counseling.
  • CSLG 7436  Advanced Internship [300 hrs or more dependent on applicant’s clinical experience]*
  • Any additional School-focused elective(s) or coursework as needed.

*Recommended to be taken with CSLG7646: Advocacy and Leadership in Professional School Counseling.

Option A:

Counselors who graduated from a 60 credit CACREP accredited program will complete a program of study consisting of the courses listed above. Eligible for CAS-level Licensure.

Option B:

Counselors who graduated from a CACREP accredited program with less than 60 credits will complete a program of study designed to be equivalent to a 60 credit school counseling program. Eligible for CAS-level Licensure.

Option C:

Counselors who graduated from a non-accredited program will complete a program of study equivalent to a 48 credit school counseling program. Eligible for M-level Licensure.

Application Requirements

  • A master’s degree in counseling
  • A  Graduate Application
  • An application processing fee
  • A statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Contact the Graduate School

  NOTE: application deadlines:

    • for summer admission - March 1st

PLEASE NOTE: Upon completing all required course work, certificate students need to:

  • Send PRAXIS II scores to UNC-Charlotte and NCDPI
  • Make application for Licensure in the TEAL Office
  • Apply for the Graduate Certificate from the Graduate School



For further information and assistance contact:

Dr. Clare Merlin 
704-687-5883 
cmerlin1@uncc.edu