COE: Grad Cert: Career Counseling
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The goals of the Graduate Certificate in Career Counseling are: (a) to provide an academic program to help counselors, career development professionals, and students increase their competency in supporting the career development of all their clients across various settings; (b) to provide a curriculum focused on helping counselors, career development professionals, and students apply knowledge and skill to practice in the areas of career assessment, career decision making, career counseling with PK-16 students and adults; (c) increase career development professionals’ awareness of social justice issues and their impact on career development.

Graduate Certificate

Program Coordinator:

Mary Edwin

457 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-6081

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Career Counseling Certificate program are: current “good standing” (non-probation) in an UMSL graduate mental health practitioner training program (counseling, social work, or psychology) OR all of the following criteria must be met:

  1. Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
  2. Enrollment in a graduate mental health practitioner or related training program OR earned a Master’s degree in the mental health field (or related);
  3. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a current or former college-level instructor (or someone with a graduate degree who can attest to the applicant’s capacity to complete graduate-level work);
  4. Two-page personal statement explaining the applicant's personal and professional goals.

The Career Counseling Certificate may be pursued as a stand-alone credential or in conjunction with another mental health or related program (such as a Master’s Degree in Education, Master’s Degree in Adult & Higher Education, Master’s in Social Work degree, Ed.D. or the Ph.D. in Education, or Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology). With advance planning, all 12 credits may be applied to the Masters of Education in School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree at UMSL.

Completion of the Career Counseling Certificate, however, does not guarantee acceptance into any other degree program (a separate application is required for admission).

The Career Counseling Certificate may be pursued as a stand-alone credential or in conjunction with another mental health or related program (such as Master’s in Education, Master’s in Adult & Higher Education, Master’s in Social Work, Ed.D. or the Ph.D. in Education, or Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology). With advance planning, all 12 credits may be applied to the Master’s of Education in School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree at UMSL. Completion of the Career Counseling Certificate, however, does not guarantee acceptance into any other degree program (separate application required for admission).

The counseling degree coordinator will act as the program director for this graduate certificate.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general graduate admission requirements of the Graduate School, described in the UMSL catalog.  Students are considered for admission to the graduate certificate in Career Counseling only after they have formally applied for admission through the Graduate School.  Applications may be completed on-line.

In addition, to Graduate School admission requirements, the following requirements apply to the Career Counseling Graduate Certificate program:

Current “good standing” (non-probation) in an UMSL graduate mental health practitioner training program (counseling, social work, or psychology) 

Or

All of the following criteria must be met:

  1. Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
  2. Enrollment in a graduate mental health practitioner or related training program or earned Master’s degree in mental health field (or related);
  3. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a current or former college-level instructor (or someone with a graduate degree who can attest to the applicant’s capacity to complete graduate-level work);
  4. Two-page personal statement explaining the applicant's personal and professional goals.

Certificate Requirements

Core
CNS ED 6400Career Information and Development3
CNS ED 6410Advanced Career and Leadership Development3
CNS ED 6630Career Development in K-12 Schools3
Electives3
CNS ED 6220
Counseling Individuals with Disabilities
CNS ED 6820
Counseling Women Toward Empowerment
CNS ED 6830
Counseling African American Clients
CNS ED 6840
Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Counseling
CNS ED 6850
Social Class and Poverty Issues in Counseling
CNS ED 6870
Counseling and Cultural Competence in a Global Society
CNS ED 7000
Advanced Theories and Practice of Counseling
Other CNS ED 6800-level courses as offered
Total Hours12
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Mary Edwin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Edwin is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Edwin served as a career counselor and an elementary and middle school counselor. Her research focuses on K-12 career development, career decision-making skills of undergraduate s...
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Phillip Waalkes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phillip Waalkes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. He received his bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Hope College and his Master's in School Counseling from Western Carolina University. After working for about 5 years as a school counselor in a rural K-12 school, he ob...