Counselor Education

Post Master's Certificate

Graduate counseling certificate programs are designed for individuals who have a master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP-accredited institution (or equivalent) and are interested in acquiring additional knowledge and skills, and potentially the necessary credentials, to work in other settings. We offer certificate programs in:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling

A total of 9 to 21 credits, including a one or two semester internship, will be required for each certificate program, depending on the background of the individual and the intended emphasis. 

If you are pursuing a certification or licensure, you are advised to talk directly with personnel in those State of Wisconsin agencies (Department of Safety and Professional Services or Department of Public Instruction) regarding your specific requirements. 

Please note that these certificate programs are NOT accredited by CACREP and financial aid is NOT available for certificate programs at this time.


Application Procedures

To apply, you need to first complete a School of Graduate Studies application; this form is found on their website at http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/futurestudent .

Next, you will need to complete and submit the following items electronically to schoenbl@uww.edu: 

Applications for the certificate programs are accepted on a rolling basis. Admission decisions are made by consensus of the faculty. If admitted, a faculty advisor will be assigned and will work with you to determine a Program of Study (POS). Certificate programs must be completed within a seven-year time frame.

Certificate Programs

Program Objective

The graduate certificate in clinical mental health counseling is designed for individuals who have a master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP accredited institution (or equivalent) in an emphasis other than clinical mental health counseling. This certificate may lead to licensure as a License Professional Counseling in Training (LPC-IT) through the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

Course sequence

COUNSED 712 Professional Foundations of Counseling 3 Credits
COUNSED 716 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling Across Settings 3 Credits
COUNSED 746 Chemical Dependency 3 Credits
COUNSED 753 Treatment of Mental Health Disorders 3 Credits
COUNSED 7xx Electives (up to 6 credits, depending on the student's background) 0-6 Credits
COUNSED 795 Internship 3 Credits
  TOTAL 15-18 Credits

Program Objectives

The graduate certificate in school counseling is designed for individuals who have a master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP-accredited institution (or equivalent) in an emphasis other than school counseling. This certificate may lead to licensure as a License in School Counseling through the Department of Public Instruction.

Course sequence:

COUNSED 712 Professional Foundations of Counseling 3 Credits
COUNSED 716 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling Across Settings 3 Credits
COUNSED 720 Career Development and Information Systems 3 Credits
COUNSED 738 Schools and the Role of the School Counselor 3 Credits
COUNSED 743 School Counseling: Consultation, Collaboration and Intervention 3 Credits
COUNSED 795 Internship (including experience at elementary, middle and high school) 3-6 Credits
  TOTAL 18-21 Credits

Addressing the demand for school-based mental health professionals

The U.S. Department of Education’s School Based Mental Health Professionals Project and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are  providing critical  support for the program’s start-up costs.  

Wisconsin was one of six states awarded a $10 million grant from the Department of Education to increase the recruitment and retention of school psychologists, school counselors and school social workers. Projects supported by these grants will also work to increase the diversity of these professions so that they are more representative of the students they serve. More information to come on how our certificate in school counseling will adjust based on this grant!

Counselor Education Program

Winther Hall 6035
p: 262-472-5426
f: 262-472-2841
counslred@uww.edu