CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDY IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

Dr. LeeAnn Eschbach, Ph.D., NCC, LPC
Department Chair of Counseling & Human Services
Co-Director of School Counseling Program
leeann.eschbach@scranton.edu
Office phone: 570-941-6299
Department phone: 570-941-4236 

The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling. This is a post-Master’s Degree program. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling (CAGSPC) is a program designed to meet the educational requirements for a licensed professional counselor. Requirements for licensure were legislated in Pennsylvania Act 136 – The Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act. This certificate allows students to obtain a minimum of 12 additional graduate credits in professional counseling that can fulfill educational requirements for counselor licensure.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

All applicants for the certificate program must apply for formal admission to the CGCE of The University of Scranton. Applicants must possess:

  1. A master’s degree in counseling from a counseling program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); or
  2. A master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from a program accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE); or
  3. A master’s degree in counseling or a closely related field that includes graduate-level course work of at least two semester hours or three quarter hours in each of the following areas:
     
    • Human Growth and Development: Includes studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
    • Social and Cultural Foundations: Includes studies that provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
    • Helping Relationship: Includes studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes.
    • Group Work: Includes studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group-work-approaches.
    • Career and Lifestyle Development: Includes studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
    • Appraisal: Includes studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
    • Research and Program Evaluation: Includes studies that provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research.
    • Professional Orientation and Ethics: Includes studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
    • Field Experience: A minimum of 700 hours of supervised counseling experience in an appropriate work setting.

An applicant whose master’s degree is not from a CAPCREP or CORE accredited program and whose course work does not meet the criteria in Item 3 (above) may be admitted provisionally. Such students will be required to complete successfully requirements in Item 3 (above) for which they do not have appropriate transcripted graduate course work prior to matriculation in the CAGSPC program.

A minimum of 60 graduate credits in professional counseling must be attained before the CAGSPC is granted. A minimum of 12 graduate credits in professional counseling beyond the prerequisite 48 graduate credits must be completed in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at The University of Scranton in order to obtain the CAGSPC.

Each student will design a plan of study in conjunction with his/her Program Director that addresses licensure education requirements and the student’s unique needs. The post-master’s degree coursework needs to be related to the practice of professional counseling congruent with the applicant’s specialization.

CAGSPC applicants who completed their Master’s Degree from the University of Scranton should consult the College of Graduate and Continuing Education Admissions section for the Second Degree or Program Request Form. The length of time since completing the Master’s Degree determines the specific application materials needed.

Gainful Employment

OPEID: 003384
CIP: 13.1101 School Counseling
         51.2310 Rehabilitation Counseling
CIP Program Name: Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
Our Program Name: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling
Level: Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 12 Credits - 1 year
Normal Time to Complete: 30 weeks
Number Completed in Year 2012 -2013: 7
Tuition and Fees: $11,006
Books and Supplies: $800