Winthrop University: Graduate School - Post-Graduate Certificate in School Counseling
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211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (tollfree)
803/323-2292 (fax)

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Post-Graduate Certificate in School Counseling


Program Advisor: Dr. Tony Strange


Phone: 803-323-4754


This program is for candidates who hold a master's degree in counseling and wish to pursue certification as a school counselor. Upon completion of the program you will be recommended for a school counseling certification in both South Carolina and North Carolina.

Application requirements include:

  • The online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.
  •  Must have graduated from a CACREP accredited program or one that follows the CACREP curriculum within the last 10 years
  •  Have your transcript reviewed by the Winthrop Counseling Program faculty
  •  Participate in a personal interview with the counseling faculty
  •  Submit a 10-15 minute video role-play counseling session in which you demonstrate basic helping skills as well as clinical counseling abilities
  •  Background check - Submit a complete background check through the following vendor - S2VERIFY Background Check

Program Completion Requirements

  • Upon acceptance to the program, students must create a plan of study
  • You will be required to take a minimum of 12-21 hours in addition to the course work already completed during your master's degree. The required 12 hours include:
        CSDV 613 Foundations and Ethical Issues in School Counseling (Offered Online Summer/Spring)
        CSDV 615S School Counseling Program Planning, Consultation & Supervision (Offered Online Summer/Fall)
        CSDV 611 School Counseling Internship I (Offered Online Fall/Spring)
        CSDV 612 School Counseling Internship II (Offered Online Fall/Spring)
  • Passing score on the PRAXIS Subject Assessment test for School Counselor
  • Additionally, the following 3-9 credit hours will be required only if they were not previously completed during your master's degree program:
        CSDV 622 Counseling Children and Adolescents
        CSDV 608 Loss, Grief and Crisis Counseling
        CSDV 623 Advanced Counseling Interventions  


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Requirements for professional licensure in counseling vary from state to state. Winthrop’s School Counseling program is designed to meet SC and NC licensure requirements for school counseling and may not meet requirements from other states. We are unable to make a determination about whether or not our program will lead to licensure in other states. Before beginning any academic program that leads to licensure, we strongly recommend you contact the state licensing board where you wish to seek licensure to determine whether the program you are considering will meet that state's licensing requirements.


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Last Updated: 7/23/20