All candidates pursuing the Graduate Certificate in School Counseling

  1. Students must have earned a master’s degree in a counseling-related field (e.g. Clinical Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Community Counseling, or equivalent degree) or Education from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent institution of higher learning. The student must have graduated with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average), based on a GPA scale with a range of 0.0-4.0.  A masters degree in another (non education or counseling) field would require completion of the full masters degree program;
  2. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 18 credits at College of St. Joseph; the actual number of total credits will be determined by a review of transcripts and relevant experience, as well as a comparison with Vermont State Licensure Requirements and our graduate degree program requirements;
  3. Students will complete a minimum of 600 clock hours of field experience in School Counseling (two semesters) with a minimum of 60 hours each at the Elementary level (including Pre-K), Middle and High School Levels, under supervision of a licensed school counselor in the field and College faculty;
  4. Required courses will include:
    1. Organization and Administration of a School Counseling Program (3 credits);
    2. Law and Education of Children (unless a comparable Vermont course has been taken and passed) (3 credits);
    3. Psychological Appraisal (unless a comparable course has been taken and passed) (3 credits);
    4. Graduate Internship in School Counseling (minimum of 600 clock hours 6 credits);
    5. Career Counseling (3 credits);
  5. All coursework requires a minimum grade of B;
  6. All students need to document training in ethics (including the Ethical Standards for School Counselors [from the American School Counseling Association] and the Code of Ethics for Vermont Educators: A Statement of Beliefs), diversity, human development, counseling theory and practice, educational practices, research (preferably as applied to education), as well as knowledge of the Sixteen Principles and Five Standards for Vermont Educators, Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, the National Model for School Counseling, and other pertinent laws and standards (such as the Vermont Model for School Counselors);
  7. All courses previously taken to be applied to the graduate certificate need to have been taken within the past six years. Based on a review of each student’s transcripts and work experience, courses taken beyond the six year limit may be accepted with appropriate remedial action to ensure competency in relevant and current knowledge and performance ability (e.g. by auditing certain lasses or by engaging in independent review of material under supervision of a faculty mentor).

Initial Licensure Candidates

  1. All requirements in Section “A” above need to be met;
  2. Candidates need to pass the State Standardized Test Requirements (e.g. PRAXIS) prior to being allowed to complete field work;
  3. Students need to complete additional graduate courses to include:
  • Fundamentals of Education (3 credits)
  • Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • School Based Prevention and Intervention (3 credits)
  1. Students need to complete the Initial Licensure Portfolio for Vermont Educators.

Candidates with a Graduate Degree in Education Seeking an Additional Endorsement

  1. All requirements in Section “A” above need to be met (including a minimum of 18 credits taken at College of St. Joseph).  Remaining courses and requirements for the certificate will be determined, based on prior preparation and transcript review and comparison with Vermont State Licensure Requirements and our graduate degree program requirements.

Licensure Information

All licensure-track programs within the Division of Psychology and Human Services have been designed to meet current academic requirements for licensure in the State of Vermont.  With the exception of the School Counseling program, post-degree supervised experience and passing a national examination are required for licensure, regardless of the college or university attended.  While our students have had excellent success being licensed in Vermont and other states, prospective students should always consult licensure requirements for states where they anticipate working in order to determine the degree of compatibility between licensure requirements and our degree program requirements.