The Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling is designed for practicing counselors who already hold a master’s degree in counseling and are preparing for state licensure as a Professional Counselor through the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. A certificate in advanced graduate work in Professional Counseling is issued upon completion of a combination of any 7-18 credits of selected 500-level courses, with a grade of B or better, designated for the certificate program. The Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares graduates for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Connecticut. Candidates for the OCP are responsible for working with the Connecticut Department of Public Health regarding specific required coursework for their LPC eligibility.
Admission criteria for the Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling:
1. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s and master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must have a minimum 2.70 grade point average (GPA) for all undergraduate courses and a 3.00 grade point average for all graduate courses, based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00.
2. Master's degree in counseling.
3. Three recommendations from individuals able to testify to the student’s suitability as a prospective counselor.
4. A 2–3 page typewritten (double spaced) essay describing the following:
a. Reasons for entering the counseling profession.
b. Personal and professional experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.
c. Personal characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a counselor.
5. A personal interview by the program’s faculty admissions committee. The committee will assess the student’s personal attributes and life experiences that might contribute to the student’s potential for success as a professional counselor.
The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. All additional materials must be submitted to the Counseling and Family Therapy Department