Add a Clinical Counseling Certificate and Expand Your Capacity to Help Others

The Clinical Counseling Certificate equips candidates with an in-depth understanding of the educational and clinical, mental health issues facing students and families today.

This four-course certificate program is designed to be an addendum to a candidate’s existing master’s degree coursework in preparing to meet the increased mental-health demands within the K-12 educational system. With the appropriate master’s degree, these courses may also satisfy educational requirements for California state licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). The program is designed to help retool and prepare any school counselor or school psychologist for the clinical, mental health field. This certificate also positions graduates as highly marketable counselors who are uniquely positioned to help students and families understand the impact of mental health on academic success.

Clinical Counseling Certificate candidates seeking LPCC licensure must have a master’s degree in counseling, clinical psychology, or a related field which includes coursework in assessment, testing of individuals, and principles of the diagnostic process. Individuals interested in the program who do not hold a master’s degree in these areas or whose master’s program did not include this type of coursework should contact a faculty advisor in the Department of School Counseling and School Psychology for more information.

Please note: Taking these four courses alone does not ensure students meet eligibility requirements for LPCC designation in the state of California. Each student is responsible to adhere to specific education and experience requirements, as well as take the required examinations, in order to obtain licensure. Visit for the most current and accurate information about LPCC licensure requirements.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.