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College Counseling Certificate

The College Counseling Specialized Certificate brings participants the latest in college counseling techniques and emphasizes the personal dimension of working with families during one of their most crucial transitional experiences. Skilled and enthusiastic instructors make the program a professionally valuable experience.

Program now offered fully online throughout the year. Courses feature timely, comprehensive topics related to helping students make the transition to college.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Courses (both courses are required)
Principles of College Counseling
College Counseling Strategies
Practicum (Required)
College Counseling Practicum
Elective (0 units required - for Professional Development)
Understanding College Affordability and Financial Aid
Schedule Varies
U.S. College/University Application Process and the International Student
Schedule Varies
Implementing a Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Schedule Varies
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Education, 858-534-9286
Email: unexeduc@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program. Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.

Certificate Guidelines

All candidates who wish to receive the College Counseling Certificate are required to:

  • (1) Apply to the College Counseling certificate program.
  • (2) Pay the certificate fee.
  • (3) Complete all the required online courses with a grade of “C” or better.
  • (4) Coursework must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program.

Next Steps Experience

Connect your classroom education with real-world experiences through a Next Step Experience course. These specially designed classes allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects.

Candidates are also encouraged to take the Next Step by enrolling in the College Counseling Practicum where they can apply their newly developed skills learned throughout the program. During the application process, a prospective candidate should consider possible projects from his or her current company, employer, or volunteer organization; the project will allow the student to utilize learned skills and demonstrate quantifiable results.


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Assistant Director
Early Academic Outreach, UCSD

Nancy Caine, M.A.
Director of College Counseling
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Robert M. Garber, M.A.
Vice President, Student Affairs
Miramar College

Bonnie Laughlin, M.A.
Director of College Counseling
Francis Parker School

Carol Sobek, M.A.
Head Counselor
The Preuss School, UCSD

Chris White, M.A.
Director of College Counseling
High Tech High School