The Counselor Education program offers a post-master’s certificate in School Counseling for post-master’s students seeking to pursue licensure as a school counselor in the state of Tennessee. The certificate program builds on the foundation of courses taken in a previous counseling degree. Coursework is aligned with requirements for licensure as a school counselor in the state of Tennessee. Applications are accepted at any time for this certificate program.
Admission to the certificate program is based on the following:
A. Admission to the Graduate School
B. Admission to the Certificate Program
a. Successful completion of a master’s or specialist’s degree in counseling or a closely related field, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program.
b. Two letters of recommendation, an updated resume, and an individual interview with a faculty member are required as part of the application process.
A minimum of 12 hours of graduate coursework (plus an additional 6 hours of undergraduate for non-teachers) will be required for completion of the certificate. All students will be required to complete COUN 5650, Examination and Implementation of School Counseling Principles, if they have not previously completed a similar course. Other courses will be selected as advised by the counseling program coordinator. Faculty advisors and students in the certificate program plan a program of study designed to build on the students’ prior graduate course work as well as meet the requirements necessary to pursue licensure as a professional school counselor in Tennessee.