• Graduate Certificate in School Counseling

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  • Graduate Certificate in School Counseling

    Counseling & Student Affairs Program Coordinator: 
    Lisa Karch, Lommen Hall 113, (218) 477-2699, lisa.karch@mnstate.edu

    Program Description

    Individuals already possessing a master's degree in counseling, student affairs, psychology, human development, education, special education, social work, or any other mental health field at another institution may qualify for graduate certificate program status.  The Graduate Certificate in School Counseling is intended to lead to state licensure. This program requires students to complete the equivalent of our degree program through transfer courses and courses taken at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Specified courses must be taken from MSUM. Contact the school counseling program coordinator for further information. 

    Admission Requirements

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to: Graduate Studies Office, MSU Moorhead, 1104 7th Ave. S., Moorhead, MN 56563

    1. Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    2. GPA of 3.0
    3. Completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form indicating Graduate Certificate under "Program Admission Requested".
    4. Undergraduate, graduate and other transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies Office.
    5. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

    Certificate Requirements (15 credits)

    CNSA 650 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs (3 credits)
    CNSA 652 Classroom Management for School Counselors (1)     
    CNSA 655 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families (3 credits)
    CNSA 691A Practicum in School Counseling- 150 hours (1 credits)
    CNSA 669A Internship in School Counseling-300 hours  (3 credits)

    PSY 634 Methods for Evidence Based Practices (2)

    ***Upon review of student's transcripts, additional courses may be required to meet requirements for state licensure.


    Students without a teaching license for North Dakota School Counselor  (6 credits)
    ED 601 - Psychological Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    ED 632/732 - Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Theory (3 credits)
    Praxis I & II


    Students who have a Master's Degree other than Counseling
    CNSA 605 Counseling Research, Statistical Methods and Program Evaluation (3)
    CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling  (2 credits)
    CNSA 611 Theories of Individual and Family Counseling  (3 credits)
    CNSA 612 Individual Appraisal  (3 credits)
    CNSA 613 Career Development  (3 credits)
    CNSA 614 Human Growth & Development for Counselors  (3 credits)
    CNSA 615 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling  (3 credits)
    CNSA 620 Counseling Skills  (3 credits)
    CNSA 630 Group Counseling (3 credits)
    CNSA 640 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling  (1 credit)
    CNSA 682 Trauma Informed & Crisis Management (3)