Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling (Online/Hybrid)

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A 12-credit hour certificate program is offered for those who already hold a master’s degree in school counseling.  The program entails two required online core courses and two electives, that are offered online or in the classroom.

The purpose of this program is to develop the school counselor’s advanced skills in diagnosis, consultation and family systems counseling.  The core of this program develops the student’s skills indiagnostic assessment from a school counseling perspective and in systems approaches to counseling.  Students applying for this program must have successfully completed a master’s degree in School Counseling in order to be eligible for the School Counselor advanced certificate.

Admission to the Program

The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies, and application materials are available online. The application process includes:

  1. An online graduate application with the student's written objective for entering the program;
  2. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and
  3. Three letters of recommendation (from an employer, a professor, and a character reference).

Applicants must have a master's degree in school counseling.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

Courses (each of the following courses is three credits)

  • EDC613: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling (required)
  • EDC690: Couples and Family Counseling (required)

Total: 12 credits


Students who complete this program are eligible for the College’s recommendation for New York State permanent certification. Program completion and submission of the recommendation form are also required to secure the College’s recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office.

Additional Certificate Requirement

  • Each course required for the certificate for this program must be passed with a grade of 'B' or higher.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand models of school counseling programs
  2. Understand models of P-12 comprehensive career development
  3. Understand models of school-based collaboration and consultation
  4. Use assessments specific to P-12 education
  5. Understand their roles as leaders, advocates, and systems change agents in P-12 schools
  6. Understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to the school emergency management plans, and crises, disasters, and trauma
  7. Advocate for school counseling roles
  8. Understand characteristics, risk factors, and warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders
  9. Understand legal and ethical considerations specific to school counseling
  10. Design and evaluate school counseling programs
  11. Engage in core curriculum design, lesson plan development, classroom management strategies, and differentiated instructional strategies
  12. Use interventions to promote academic development
  13. Use developmentally appropriate career counseling interventions and assessments
  14. Use techniques of personal/social counseling in school settings
  15. Use skills to critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement
  16. Use interventions to promote college and career readiness
  17. Use strategies to promote equity in student achievement and college access
  18. Use of data to advocate for programs and students