Counseling Psychology Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling Psychology is designed for mental health counseling, clinical or school counselors who have completed a master’s degree and want to pursue further systematic study in counseling to qualify to sit for the National Counselor’s Examination (NCE) and/or licensure in Pennsylvania (or other states with equivalent requirements). The NCE requires 48 semester hours of graduate credit with a course in each of nine specified areas.
The act that provides licensure of professional counselors in Pennsylvania requires completion of a “planned program” of 60 graduate semester credits in counseling from an accredited educational institution. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling Psychology allows the post-master’s student to meet these requirements.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission procedures, a student also must hold a master’s degree in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling from an accredited college or university. Test scores are not required.
The number of credits required will be determined after a transcript analysis has been completed. Courses will be selected with an adviser.
A minimum of 12 additional credits are required for individuals with a 48-credit master’s degree in counseling.
Approved electives include the following:
- ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education (if general Mental Health Counseling or Child/Family Therapy concentrations)
- ED 585 Positive Behavioral Approaches (if Child/Family Therapy concentration)
- PY 430 Seminar in Theories of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- PY 574 Clinical Psycho-pharmacology
- PY 589 Independent Research
- PY 601 Community Perspectives on Sexual Assault Counseling
- PY 605 Addictive Behaviors: Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders Counseling
- PY 611 Couples and Family Therapy
- PY 615 Child and Adolescent Counseling: Clinical and School Applications
- PY 620 Advanced Counseling Techniques
- PY 618 Evidence-Based Treatments of Trauma
- PY 621 Advanced Child and Adolescent Counseling
- PY 622 Trauma, Advocacy and Social Justice
- PY 623 Strategies for Treating Grief and Bereavement
- PY 697 Master’s Thesis in Psychology (one semester, 3 credits)
- PY 698 Master’s Thesis in Psychology (one semester, 3 credits)
- OR PY 699 Master’s Thesis in Psychology (6 credits)
Other master’s-level courses offered by other Arcadia University graduate programs may be taken as electives with the approval of the Director of Counseling Psychology. The petition process should include a statement on course relevance to the student’s academic program and career goals.