Why earn a school counseling post-graduate certificate?

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Designed for working professionals, this certificate program prepares you to work as a school counselor —helping students overcome obstacles and reach their academic and career goals.

Complete your post-graduate degree online at home or on campus at UND. E

Completion of coursework leads to eligibility for state department of education licensure in North Dakota and may be compatible with licensure requirements in other states.


K-12 Counseling Program at UND

  • Take classes with nationally recognized faculty who have diverse experiences working with children and adolescents in community and school settings.

  • Learn to work effectively with educational and community stakeholders to facilitate positive systemic change.

  • Build data-driven decision-making skills by completing a school-based scholarly project.

Careers as a School Counselor 


Anticipated job growth for school and career counselors

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Median salary for school and career counselors

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A certificate in Counseling (K - 12 School Counseling Emphasis) from UND prepares you for a fulfilling career as a professional school counselor in a range of school settings, including:

  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • High schools

School counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate students’ abilities and interests through aptitude assessments, interviews, and individual planning
  • Identify issues that affect school performance, such as poor classroom attendance rates
  • Help students understand and overcome social or behavioral problems through classroom guidance lessons and counseling
  • Counsel individuals and small groups on the basis of student and school needs
  • Work with students to develop skills, such as organizational and time management abilities and effective study habits
  • Help students create a plan to achieve academic and career goals
  • Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents to help students succeed
  • Teach students and school staff about specific topics, such as bullying, drug abuse, and planning for college or careers after graduation
  • Maintain records as required
  • Report possible cases of neglect or abuse and refer students and parents to resources outside the school for additional support

Graduate Courses in School Counseling