College Counseling Certificate Programs and Courses

If you're a high school counselor or teacher interested in helping students find the right school or apply for financial aid, consider a college counseling certificate program. Find out more about the online and on-campus options available to you. Schools offering School Counseling degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

College counseling certificate programs teach counselors how to guide students in the transition from high school to college. These programs are for teachers, high school counselors or college admissions staff who wish to acquire new skills and/or pursue advancement in their field. Bachelor's degrees are usually required for admittance into these one- or two-year certificate programs.

Certificates Postbaccalaureate certificate programs in college counseling
Courses Testing/career assessment, financial aid fundamentals, special issues in college counseling, the college admission process
Online Some programs offered online, practicums must be completed in person

Sources: Various school websites (August 2018).

What Courses Are Available?

Courses in counseling techniques focus on developing the assessment skills needed to help students outline their educational and career goals. You'll learn how to help students find college or academic programs that meet their needs. These areas of interest might also be explored:

  • Working with international students
  • Helping students with disabilities
  • Admissions essays
  • ACT (American College Test) topics
  • SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) topics
  • Standardized test preparation strategies
  • College applications

Other course topics teach you how to work with admissions representatives, navigate the financial aid process and locate scholarship resources. You could also learn how to help athletes meet the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) academic eligibility requirements.

Can I Complete These Programs Online?

Online college counseling certificate programs are fairly common. Many offer courses that can be completed entirely online through course management systems, such as Blackboard. With a high-speed internet connection and an updated Web browser, you'll be able to submit assignments and participate in online discussions.

Some programs, however, require you to complete a practicum in the school of your choice. You'll spend approximately 40-60 hours observing professional counselors or conducting individual counseling sessions under the supervision of a college counselor. You may also need to maintain online correspondence with your peers and professors and/or complete online coursework during this time.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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