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Post Master's Certificate in Guidance 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. 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. Students are advised to contact the State Department of Education for specific information regarding certification requirements.

St. Thomas Offers the Following Thirty (30) Credit Hours (10 Courses): 
    CPS 660 Psychology of Learning & Personality Theory 
    CPS 733 Introduction to Counseling 
    CPS 735 Group Therapies 
    CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 
    CPS 750 Introduction to Community Consultation 
    CPS 662 Principles & Procedures of Psy Testing 
    CPS 663 Occupational/Educational Principles of Guidance & Counseling 
    CPS 664 Principles, Philosophy, Organization of Guicance & Counseling  
         or 
    CPS 665 Organization & Development of School Guidance Programs 
    CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations 
    CPS 669 Supervised Counseling Practices

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:
    1. Three semester hours in principles, philosophy, organization, and administration of guidance;
    2. Three semester hours in student appraisal including administration and interpretation of standardized test;
    3. Three semester hours in education and career development information practices and systems;
    4. Three semester hours in learning, personality theory, and human development;
    5. Three semester hours in counseling theories and individual counseling techniques;
    6. Three semester hours in group counseling and guidance techniques;
    7. Three semester hours in consultation skills and techniques for conferring with group such as agencies, teachers, and parents;
    8. Three semester hours in legal, ethical, and current issues affecting school counselors;
    9. Three semester hours in specialized counseling techniques for use with elementary or secondary level special populations such as exceptional students, drop outs, and minorities; and
    10. Three semester hours in a supervised counseling practicum in an elementary or secondary school.