Nov 19, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Post-Master’s Certificate Program for School Counselor Licensure (SCL)

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The purpose of the Post-Master’s Certificate for School Counselor Licensure is to provide a high quality training program designed specifically to assist counselors in gaining the competencies and credentials necessary to earn the School Counselor License in Michigan. To be considered for admission, candidates must provide evidence of each of the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must have graduated from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a master’s degree in counseling within the past 15 years.  The degree must have included practicum (not field placement).

  2. Evidence of academic aptitude for continued graduate-level study as evidenced by a GPA of 3.3 on their previously completed advanced degree.

  3. International students must meet one or more of the following additional criteria:

    1. A score of 550 (total) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of 230 on the Test of Spoken English (TWE) and a rating of 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE). (Additional course work in composition may be required.)

    2. A score of 77 on the Michigan English Language Ability Battery (MELAB) and a rating of at least 3.0 on the oral interview portion of the MELAB. (Additional course work in composition may be required).

  4. Statement of intent: a one-page statement focusing on the applicant’s motivation and rationale for seeking admission to the program as well as his or her background and goals related to professional studies.

  5. Résumé: a focused, one-page summary of program-relevant, educational, career and/or life experiences.

  6. A minimum of two (2) years of documented work experience, the majority of which involves working with school-aged children or adolescents (ages 5-18). This experience may consist of paid, professional roles or structured volunteer experiences in organized work settings and should be focused on improving the mental health, behavior, academic success or social skills of the children.  Activities such as parenting, babysitting and day care do not qualify.

  7. Three recommendations: These must be completed on recommendation forms available from the department. They should be completed by professionals with knowledge of the applicant’s suitability for graduate work and suitability to the profession of school counseling (e.g., supervisors, undergraduate professors).

For additional information regarding the licensure please visit the following link:

Advisor Information:

Suzanne Dugger, Ph.D.
304 Porter

Graduate Prerequisites: 0-9 hours

If the student has not already completed the following coursework, the following classes must also be taken as part of this post-master’s certificate program.

Undergraduate Prerequisites: 0-9 hours

If the student has not already completed the following coursework as an undergraduate, the following classes must also be taken within the first 12 hours of this post-master’s certificate program. The student may enroll for graduate or undergraduate courses to meet this requirement.

  • Social science elective course to be approved by an advisor, 3 hours

Elective Courses

Four hours of elective courses to be chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Program Total 12-30 hours


* For candidates who have already completed a 600-hour internship as part of their previous master’s degree, only 300 hours of internship in a school setting will be required.

Changes in the student’s official program and substitution of courses must be approved by the adviser prior to registration.

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