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CSA Programs

CSA Certificates

Program Planning

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Planning your Standard Guidance Certification, P-12, and Rank I Program

  • Immediately after you are admitted to a P-12, Standard Guidance, or Rank I program and before you register for courses, your FIRST STEP is to complete a Form C with your advisor. This will ensure that the courses you complete apply to your program and help you plan when you will take courses. The courses listed on your Form C will be determined by your previous degree program, courses you completed prior to admission, and your professional interests as a school counselor. The elective course should clearly be related to the work of a school counselor. Talking with your advisor will help clarify program requirements. 
  • See for specific program requirements.

Possible and required P-12, Standard Guidance, or Rank I courses are listed here along with the semesters the courses are commonly offered to help you plan your program.*


Included in requirements for

Semester offered

CNS 568 Counseling Children and Adolescents

P – 12


CNS 660 Administration of Counseling Services

P – 12


CNS 556 Developmental Career Counseling

Standard Guidance


CNS 666 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling

Standard Guidance


CNS 658 Seminar Guidance/Counseling

Rank I (Required for graduates of 30 or 36 hour School Counseling Programs)


CNS 592 Crisis Counseling

Rank I (Also Standard Guidance option for 48 hour program graduates)


CNS 637 Theories of Addiction

Rank I (Also Standard Guidance option for 48 hour program graduates)


CNS 569 Play Therapy

Rank I (Also Standard Guidance option for 48 hour program graduates)


CNS 586 Parenting Issues

Rank I


CNS 562 Counseling Adolescents

Rank I


CNS 653 Brief Counseling

Rank I


CNS Elective selected with prior approval of advisor – MAXIMUM OF ONE -

Rank I


*Courses offered the semesters indicated are dependent on demand and instructor availability. Please consult TopNet for course offerings or contact your advisor regarding offerings for a particular semester.

NOTE: Courses are also offered in the winter term, but winter offerings are very irregular depending on instructor availability and student demand. Consult TopNet for course offerings.

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 Last Modified 2/9/15