Post Master’s Certificate in Guidance and Counseling

Program Director: Judith Bachay, Ph.D., LMHC
Academic Credentials: Ph.D. Leadership in Education with a Specialization in
Counseling (Barry University, Miami, FL); M.S. Community Counseling (Barry
University, Miami, FL); B.A. Public Administration, St. Thomas University, Miami, FL).
Contact Information: Office Phone: 305-628-6583; email:
Program Advisor(s): Judith Bachay
Professionals currently working in the public or private schools who have attained a
Master's degree in education, counseling, educational administration, educational
curriculum, or a related field may apply for admission to the certificate program. The
certificate program requires that students take only those courses specified by the
Florida Department of Education needed to obtain certification in guidance and
counseling. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of these courses.
Students are advised to contact the State Department of Education for specific
information regarding certification requirements.
Average Cost of Tuition: $23,910
Average Cost of Textbooks: $1,250
CPS 660 Psychology of Learning & Personality Theory 3
CPS 733 Introduction to Counseling 3
CPS 735 Group Therapies 3
CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
CPS 750 Introduction to Community Consultation 3
CPS 662 Principles & Procedures of Psy Testing 3
CPS 663 Occ. & Edu. Prin of Guidance & Counseling 3
CPS 664 Principles, Philosophy, and Org. of Guidance & Counseling 3
CPS 665 Org. & Dev. of School Guidance Programs 3
CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations 3
CPS 669 Supervised Counseling Practices 3
6A-4.0181 Specialization Requirements for Certification in Guidance and Counseling
(grades PK-12)—Specialty Class Beginning July 1, 1990.
1. Plan One. A master’s or higher degree with a graduate major in guidance
and counseling or counselor education which includes three (3) semester
hours in a supervised counseling practicum in an elementary or secondary
school, or
2. Plan Two. A master’s or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours of
graduate credit in guidance and counseling to include the areas specified
(a) Three (3)-semester hours in principles, philosophy, organization and
administration of guidance,
(b) Three (3)-semester hours in student appraisal including administration
and interpretation of standardized test,
(c) Three (3)-semester hours in education and career development
information practices and systems,
(d) Three (3)-semester hours in learning, personality theory, and human
(e) Three (3)-semester hours in counseling theories and individual
counseling techniques,
(f) Three (3)-semester hours in group counseling and guidance
(g) Three (3)-semester hours in consultation skills and techniques for
conferring with group such as agencies, teachers, and parents,
(h) Three (3)-semester hours in legal, ethical, and current issues affecting
school counselors,
(i) Three (3)-semester hours in specialized counseling techniques for use
with elementary or secondary level special populations such as
exceptional students, drop outs, and minorities, and
(j) Three (3)-semester hours in a supervised counseling practicum in an
elementary or secondary school.
This rule took effect July 1, 1990.
Certificate Student Learning Outcomes. Certificate candidates in Guidance and
Counseling outcomes are:
1. Prepared as an ethical, and culturally competent professional school counselor.
2. Able to provide a comprehensive school guidance program.
3. Have completed the educational requirements for certification as a school
counselor in the state of Florida.
Certificate Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: These outcomes are
assessed through:
1. Passing score on the State of Florida Guidance Counseling Certification Exam
2. Field supervisor evaluation scores of 3 or above on all items in the Field
Supervisor Evaluation process.

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