The Counselor Education program offers a post-master’s certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling for post-master’s students seeking to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) or as a Professional School Counselor in the state of Tennessee. The certificate program builds on the foundation of courses taken in a previous counseling degree and coursework is aligned with Tennessee LPC requirements. However, completion of the certificate does not guarantee eligibility for licensure. Applications are accepted at any time for this certificate program.
Admission to the certificate program is based on the following:
- Admission to the Graduate School
- Admission to the Certificate Program
- Successful completion of a master’s or specialist’s degree in counseling or a closely related field, preferably from a CACREP-accredited program.
- Two letters of recommendation, an updated resume, and an individual interview with a faculty member are required as part of the application process.
A minimum of 12 hours of coursework will be required for completion of the certificate. All students will be required to complete COUN 5750, Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders if they have not previously completed a similar course. Other courses will be selected as advised by the counseling program coordinator. Faculty advisors and students in the certificate program plan a program of study designed to build on the students’ prior graduate course work as well as meet the requirements necessary to pursue licensure in Tennessee.
It is recommended that candidates contact the Counselor Education program director regarding eligibility for the post-master’s certificate. Please have an unofficial copy of your graduate course work to submit to the program director for review, recommendations for course work are based upon transcripts. Note that completion of coursework does not guarantee licensure.