This is an online certificate designed to meet the needs of students who have completed a master’s degree in clinical mental health, community counseling or addictions counseling and now desire to become a licensed school counselor in North Carolina. The certificate consists of a minimum of 12-credit hours.
Successful completion of the program requirements and passing the PRAXIS II Specialty Area Test for School Counselors will enable the student to be recommended for licensure in school counseling to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
Non-North Carolina residents who meet the admissions requirements are welcome to apply to the certificate program. Students are responsible for checking with their state education department for current certification requirements. The American School Counselor Association provides basic information on state certification requirements.
The Doctorate and Master's degrees in counseling are accredited by CACREP. UNC Charlotte is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Upon completing all required course work, certificate students need to:
- Prepare for licensure
- Send PRAXIS II scores to UNC Charlotte and NCDPI
- Print the Application for Candidacy for a Graduate Certificate
- Apply for a Graduate Certificate from the Graduate School - The Application for Certificate form may be completed online through My UNC Charlotte through Banner Self Service.