331 Cedar Building
University Park, PA 16802
Description of the Certificate Program Including Purpose, Objectives, and Total Number of Credits Required:
The purpose of this program is to provide a current knowledge and skills base to those working with children and adolescents experiencing family problems, addiction, depression, sexuality, suicide, and numerous other concerns. The plan of study is composed of 15 credits to be completed within three years (four required 3-credit courses and one 3-credit elective). Applicants with a master’s degree or higher in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family, or a clearly related degree that will qualify them to perform professional counseling duties can use this professional development certificate to strengthen their professional credentials. Applicants holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution as their highest degree may use this certificate to support them in their work setting (e.g., teaching, college student affairs, human resources, personnel work), but it will not qualify them to perform professional counseling duties.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Applicants seeking admission into the Providing Services to Youth At Risk Certificate Program must complete the Graduate School Certificate Application (indicate “certificate” in the Graduate Degree Sought Area) and pay the application fee. This certificate is not a formal part of a graduate degree program at Penn State and does not presume admission to such a program. The web-based Graduate School Certificate Application is available at: http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/prospective/apply.html.
PRESCRIBED COURSES: 12 credits
COUNSELOR EDUCATION (CN ED)
ELECTIVE COURSES: 3 credits
Three (3) elective credits that emphasize work with youth at risk are required. Courses must be selected in consultation with a program adviser.
Effective Date: Summer Session 2012
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2017
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012
Blue Sheet Item #: 41-04-152
Review Date: 1/15/2013