School Counseling Certificate

Degree Type
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences



The exact number of courses taken by certificate students will be determined upon entry into the program. Students will be required to take a minimum of 18 credit hours. A plan of study will be created for each student in the certificate in school counseling. Courses will be determined by the coordinator of the school counseling program who will complete an audit of the certificate student’s previous master’s level course work. Since this program is designed to meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements for school counselors it is possible that students will take more than 18 credit hours. Each student will need to meet the requirements established by the WI DPI.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will articulate the impact of values, beliefs, and cultural perspectives relative to the counseling process.
  • Students will demonstrate professional ethical standards of practice and the application of contemporary theories and principles of school counseling.
  • Students will be able to conceptualize individual, group, and systemic approaches in school counseling work.
  • Students will demonstrate creativity and flexibility in implementing developmentally and culturally responsive prevention and interventions in the K-12 school environment for individuals, small groups and in classrooms.
  • Students will demonstrate the development and evaluation of a comprehensive counseling program and utilize program evaluation techniques grounded in research and measurement.
  • Students will demonstrate effective professional counseling relationships with K-12 students, their families, and stakeholders within the school setting.
  • Students will demonstrate classroom instruction skills and individual/small group counseling skills to facilitate students’ social/emotional, academic, and career development throughout their Pk-12 school experience.