This 15-credit certificate is designed for individuals who possess a master's degree in counseling with a desire to complete post-graduate coursework to meet licensure requirements as a Virginia Professional School Counselor or Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor. Applicants should review licensure requirements for becoming a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor and verify course equivalency with the Virginia Board of Counseling (see Board of Counseling content area list online).

Available Concentrations

Concentration in School Counseling (Post-Master's)

This 15-credit concentration is designed for individuals who possess a master's degree in counseling and seek 15 credits of post-graduate coursework to meet licensure requirements as a Virginia Professional School Counselor.

Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Post-Master's)

This 15-credit concentration is designed for individuals who possess a master's degree in counseling and seek 15 credits of post-graduate coursework to meet licensure requirements as a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor. Applicants should review licensure requirements for becoming a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor and verify course equivalency with the Virginia Board of Counseling (see Board of Counseling content area list online).

Admissions

  • An admissions interview is required, but may be waived for a Mason graduate in good standing.
  • Applicants must have an earned Master’s in Counseling with a primary focus in Community Agency/Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling; other applicable areas of counseling considered upon review.

Policies

Individuals interested in pursuing a license in school counseling or as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) should submit a full application. This is a competitive and holistic process in which the faculty will conduct a full transcript review and admissions interview.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: E1-CERG-CNSL

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

Concentration in School Counseling (Post Master’s) (SCPM)

Students studying for the MEd in Counseling may also meet Virginia School Counselor licensure requirements through coursework offered under the MEd's School Counseling PK-12 concentration. Students must successfully complete (pass) a minimum of nine counseling and development credits with a grade of B or better prior to enrolling in practicum or internship.

Coursework

EDCD 606Counseling Children and Adolescents3
EDCD 613Introduction to School Counseling3
EDCD 626Principles and Practices of School Counseling3
EDCD 755Practicum in Counseling3
EDCD 791Internship in Counseling3
Total Credits15

Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Post Master’s) (CHPM)

Choose 15 credits from the following Licensed Professional Counselor courses listed below. Students studying for the MEd in Counseling may also meet Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor licensure requirements through coursework offered under the MEd's Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration.

Coursework

Select 15 credits from the following:15
Counseling Skills and Strategies for Adults
Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Mental Health Professionals
Couples and Family Counseling
Practicum in Counseling
Internship in Counseling
Total Credits15