This 12-credit hour certification program gives you the extra knowledge and training to put your M.A. in School Counseling into practice.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 1 Year
Credit Hours: 12
Cost Per Credit: $310
Accreditation: CAEP

Certificate – School Counseling Overview

Campbellsville University’s online school counseling certificate helps you develop the skills and tools that education administrators are seeking in new school leaders. The program’s instruction goes beyond traditional graduate programs and focuses more on advanced learning. It additionally allows those who have a 48-credit-hour master’s degree and a provisional certification in school counseling to earn a standard certification. The fully online certification is also rooted in Christian values and was created by the same doctorate-holding faculty members who teach our master’s in school guidance counseling program.

While completing the certificate’s coursework, you will examine areas that are fundamental for school counseling, including education law and ethics. You’ll study school counselor accountability, crisis prevention and intervention practices. In addition, you will learn theories, methods and techniques related to counseling and psychotherapy with children and adolescents.

After graduating, you will be able to pursue a career in as a school counselor to help develop students’ social and academic skills so that they can succeed in school. You will consult with the parents or guardians of students, school staff and the community to ensure there is a conducive environment to help students achieve academic success. Additionally, you may help students discover their career path and point them in the right direction so they can reach their goals.

Our online school counseling certificate does not require a teaching certification. Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Campbellsville’s education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the Education Professional Standards Board of Kentucky (EPSB) for teacher education and certification. The fully online program offers you the flexibility and convenience of being able to complete coursework when it best fits your schedule.

Course Map

Our online school counseling certificate consists of four courses totaling 12 credit hours and can be completed in as little as one year.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited online school counseling certificate, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Official Transcript Request Form (via Adobe Sign). In most cases, this will allow us to request your transcripts on your behalf.
  3. 2.75 overall GPA from the last completed degree
  4. Master’s degree in School Guidance Counseling that contains at least 48 hours worth of counseling work
  5. One page rationale essay

*Some additional requirements will be requested upon acceptance into the program.

Costs & Financial Aid

The online school counseling certificate costs $310 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in School Counseling

After graduating from Campbellsville’s online school counseling certificate program, you can pursue a career as a school counselor. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), school counselors made a median annual salary of $55,410 as of May 2017, and employment is expected to increase 13 percent through 2026. In addition, the BLS states that school counselors in elementary and secondary schools earned more than those employed at colleges and universities.

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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