Post Master’s Certificate in School and Counseling

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. St. Thomas recognizes practitioner with allied degrees who are passionate about working with children and would like to obtain professional certification. The certificate program requires students to 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 and requisite certification exams. Students are advised to contact the State Department of Education for specific information regarding certification requirements and candidates are responsible for fulfilling any additional certification requirements.


School Counselor, in Miami Dade County Public Schools, Student Success Coaches.

CURRICULUM (Course Sampling)

CPS 660 Psychology of Learning and Personality Theory or CPS 730
This course is an overview of the theoretical models of personality development and their associated clinical approaches. Theories in this course include: Primary theoretical orientations of psychotherapeutic orientations of psychotherapists in the US and will explore emerging models. Students will be asked to read, apply and learn the various approaches to client issues.

CPS 733 Introduction of Counseling
An investigation of the profession of counseling and practice in the classroom of various micro-skills as determined by the specific needs of clients. Experimentation with and evaluation of counseling styles as they relate to the counselor’s theoretical orientation, therapeutic skills, general counseling theory, and basic techniques.

CPS 735 Group Therapies
A group-process and a group-leader experience in the classroom. A variety of group techniques is studied and modeled based on an organized body of knowledge addressing human growth within a group context. Prerequisite: CPS 730

CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
This course is designed to examine the ethical and legal issues that arise in the profession of counseling. Areas of study include legal responsibilities and liabilities, licensure and certification legislation, confidentiality and ethical standards of practice in the State of Florida, and codes of ethics developed by relevant professional organizations.

CPS 750 Introduction to Community Consultation (on-line opportunity)
An examination of the various models used in the process of community consultation with special emphasis placed on individual, group, intergroup, and organizational behavior and appropriate preventive and ameliorative intervention strategies. The role and functions of the consultant are explored through case material, simulation exercises, and visits to community agencies. Prerequisite: CPS 733

CPS 662 Principles and Procedures of Psychological Testing
A study of the basic concepts of testing, purpose, problems, and use of statistical foundations of reliability and validity are explored. Intelligence testing, achievement and aptitude tests, personality assessment, interest and vocational and non-standardized tests, such as teacher-generated types and the importance of testing in clinical situations, and evaluations of testing methodologies are stressed.

CPS 663 Occupational and Educational Principles of Guidance and Counseling
An overview of career development theories, assessment instruments, and counseling strategies used in helping individuals with life/work planning. The philosophy, organization, and administration of career development centers are also reviewed.

CPS 664 Principles, Philosophy and Counseling
Development of a conceptual framework for school counseling programs is the focus of this course. Students will learn the essential elements, modes of service delivery, and critical issues associated with guidance counseling programs.


CPS 665 Organization and Development of School Guidance Programs
Various models of elementary and secondary school guidance programs are explored. Emphasis is placed on the development, organization, operation, and evaluation of school guidance programs.

CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations or CPS 760
An overview of prevention and intervention strategies for special and at-risk student populations. Issues and strategies for English Language Learners and families are approached through a framework that includes the needs of ESOL students in public schools. Topics include identification and assessment, equal access to appropriate programming, equal access to appropriate categorical and other programs for ELL students, monitoring issues, and outcome measures.

CPS 669 Supervised Counseling Practices
A supervised 150 hour counseling practicum within a school emphasizing competencies in several areas: (1)individual as well as group counseling in the schools, (2) individual tests for educational and vocational counseling, (3) case-management, and (4) school guidance activities.



Thirty (30) credit hours (10 courses):

CPS 660 Psychology of Learning and Personality Theory (3)
CPS 733 Introduction of Counseling (3)
CPS 735 Group Therapy (3)
CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling (3)
CPS 750 Introduction to Community Consultation (3)
CPS 662 Principles and Procedures of Psychological Testing (3)
CPS 663 Occupational & Educational Principles of Guidance & Counseling(3)
CPS 664 Principles, Philosophy and Counseling (3)
CPS 665 Org. and Dev. of School Guidance Programs (3)
CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations or CPS 760 (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 below:(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 development,
    (e) Three (3)-semester hours in counseling theories and individual counseling techniques,
    (f) Three (3)-semester hours in group counseling and guidance techniques,
    (g) Three (3)-semester hours in consultation skills and techniques for conferring with group such as agencies, teachers, and parent,
    (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.


The factors considered by the Graduate Admission Committee in determining an applicant’s status are (1) previous academic record (a 3.0 undergraduate or graduate GPA is desirable). (2) oral and written communication skills, (3) motivation to excel academically, (4) openness to beliefs and values other than one’s own, (5) capacity for self-reflection and personal growth, (6) maturity as reflected by one’s attitude toward self and others, (7) psychological stability and (8) a willingness to seek as well as provide therapeutic assistance.

For further information, please visit our Web site at:, or call Yasdanee Valdes in Graduate Admissions at (305)628-6709


    • Judith Bachay, PhD, LMHC
    • Maria Matamala, PhD (Adjunct Faculty)
    • Oren Hernández, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, CAP (Adjunct Faculty)


For questions, contact Judith Bachay, Program Director, at 305-628-6583 or the Executive Coordinator for Graduate Recruitment at 305-474 -6073

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