Counseling: K-12 School Counseling EmphasisCertificate
Effect systemic change within your school as a data-driven and culturally-responsive
Make a difference by earning a graduate certificate in K-12 school counseling. This
online program prepares school counselors to promote the academic, career, personal
and social development of K-12 students.
Certificate - Graduate
Est. time to complete:
5 - 9 semesters
36 or 48
Why earn a school counseling graduate certificate online?
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
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
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
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
COUN 522. School Counseling and Program Management. 3 Credits.
Theory, research, and practice of K-12 school counseling and school counseling program management. S.
COUN 526. Educational Collaboration. 3 Credits.
The course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential to the consulting/collaboration process for professional school counselors in order to effectively support student adjustment and achievement. Collaboration for school improvement, program implementation, and work with parents, educators and professionals in the community is emphasized. Prerequisite: Enrollment in School Counseling Distance Program or permission of instructor.
COUN 534. Child and Adolescent Counseling. 3 Credits.
Theory, research, and practice of child and adolescent counseling. F.
COUN 581. School Counseling Practicum. 1-4 Credits.
Introduction to counseling practice in a school setting. Emphasis on improvement and evaluation of individual and group counseling relationships. Development of skills in applying the role of counselor to the school environment. Prerequisites: COUN 501, COUN 510 and COUN 530, or permission of the instructor; 10 completed COUN credits. Repeatable to 4 credits. S/U grading. S,SS.
COUN 532. Multicultural Counseling. 3 Credits.
This course offers an introduction to counseling theories and interventions appropriate for American ethnic and non-ethnic minority clients. The values suppositions of various cultural groups will be examined. In-class group experience is included.
COUN 519. Career Counseling. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the psychology of careers and to the practice of career counseling. Career development theories, occupational classification systems, assessment instruments, and the use of occupational information for career education and life planning are included. Career counseling strategies for use with a diverse population are introduced.
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