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, which are offered online or in the classroom.
The purpose of this program is to develop the school counselor’s advanced skills in diagnosis and family systems counseling. The core of this program develops the student’s skills indiagnostic assessment from a school counseling perspective and in family 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
- An online graduate application with the student's written objective for entering the program;
- All undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and
- Three letters of recommendation (from an employer, a professor, and a character reference).
Applicants must have a master's degree in school counseling.
Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.
Required Courses (6 credits)
- EDC613: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling (required)
- EDC690: Couples and Family Counseling (required)
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Any TWO of the following elective courses:
- Online courses:
- EDC 523: Sexuality in Counseling
- EDC 540: Neurology in Counseling
- EDC 617: Leadership and Advocacy
- EDC 692: Spirituality in the Counseling Process
- Classroom courses:
- EDC 693: K-12 Student Services
- EDC 695: Child Centered Play Therapy
- EDC 696: Wellness and Stress Management
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.
Per the New York State Education Department, any applicants, who do not already have their provisional certification as of January 31, 2023, will not be able to pursue this program. Those who have their provisional certification prior to February 1, 2023 will have a maximum of 5 calendar years, from the date that they were awarded their provisional certification, to complete this program.
Additional Certificate Requirement
Each course required for the certificate for this program must be passed with a grade of 'B' or higher.
Student Learning OutcomesUpon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Understand models of school counseling programs
- Understand models of P-12 comprehensive career development
- Understand models of school-based collaboration and consultation
- Use assessments specific to P-12 education
- Understand their roles as leaders, advocates, and systems change agents in P-12 schools
- Understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to the school emergency management plans, and crises, disasters, and trauma
- Advocate for school counseling roles
- Understand characteristics, risk factors, and warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders
- Understand legal and ethical considerations specific to school counseling
- Design and evaluate school counseling programs
- Engage in core curriculum design, lesson plan development, classroom management strategies, and differentiated instructional strategies
- Use interventions to promote academic development
- Use developmentally appropriate career counseling interventions and assessments
- Use techniques of personal/social counseling in school settings
- Use skills to critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement
- Use interventions to promote college and career readiness
- Use strategies to promote equity in student achievement and college access
- Use of data to advocate for programs and students