Why earn a school counseling graduate certificate online?

Application Deadlines
May 1
Oct. 1
March 1

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

Features of the online school counseling graduate certificate program include:

  • "Live" online classes held in the evening
  • Two four-day visits to UND's campus during summer terms
  • A semester-long practicum and an internship in a school close to your home
  • Support services including library, tech support, accessible office hours and advising

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.


Online 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