Certificate in Counseling

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 600-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 600-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

The Certificate in Counseling is designed only for those who a) already have a masters degree in Counseling, or a related degree, and b) need to make up for deficiencies in their academic record in order to apply to the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California for a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license. Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated students or by extended learning students and denote successful completion of a program of study.  All units of coursework for this certificate must be completed at CSUSB. Entry to any of the courses may occur only with the consent of the program coordinator.

Admission to the Certificate in Counseling

Admission to the Certificate in Counseling depends upon the same academic standards required by the university for admission to graduate status. In addition to these general requirements, the following specific requirements for admission apply:

  1. Submission to the program of transcripts from a master’s degree in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Submission of an application portfolio as specified by the program, including a resume, statement of professional intent, evidence of a current negative TB test, evidence of a Certificate of Clearance, three letters of recommendation from persons having knowledge of the applicant’s counseling potential, and a proposed program of study.

Applicants’ files will be reviewed by a committee of the Counseling Program faculty which will decide whether the applicant will be admitted. The admission committee will also approve the proposed program of study and may stipulate further coursework if required.

Certificate Requirements (15-36 units)

Completion of at least five courses (15 units) from the following list. Students may take more than the required number of units up to a maximum of 36 units if these are required by the proposed program of study to meet requirements from the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences. No guarantee is made regarding the decision that might be made by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in any individual application for a license is implied by completion of this certificate program.

A grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) in course work taken to satisfy the certificate requirements must be maintained, including a minimum of a “B” in COUN 6220 and COUN 6224, and no grade below a “C” (2.0) in all other courses in the program

Complete at least five of the following: (15-36)15-36
Introduction to Counseling
Introduction to Research & Evaluation
Law & Ethics in Counseling
Advanced Counseling
Conflict Resolution
Counseling Theories
Addictions Counseling
Socio-Cultural Counseling
Human Development in Counseling
Group Counseling
Career Counseling
Practice Based Placement (Can be repeated up to 3 times)
Crisis and Trauma Counseling
Psychopharmacology
Aging, Death & Grief in Couples & Families
Family Counseling
Gender & Sexuality
Total Units15-36