The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling 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 allows the post-master’s student to meet these 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.