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Certificate in Career Counseling

The 15-hour graduate Certificate in Career Counseling (CCC) is designed to provide career counselors, educators, and other helping professionals with the advanced knowledge and skills they need in order to better serve students and clients within the context of an employment landscape that is volatile and ever changing. Participants in this certificate program will be better prepared to assist students to be more engaged in the educational experience through appropriate academic major and career choice, which may lead to higher retention of current students and successful transition to the workforce. Moreover, the CCC program complements the master's degree programs in student affairs, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling. The 15 hour certificate program includes 9 hours of required core courses and 6 hours of electives. The program requires an internship in career counseling. The program may be completed as a stand-alone program, or students admitted into the MAE in Student Affairs, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or School Counseling may incorporate up to 12 hours of the certificate program into their program of study (if appropriate).

Upon completion of this certificate program, students should demonstrate:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the changing nature of work in light of changing political, social, cultural, technological, and economic conditions, and the ability to use that understanding to better help students and clients prepare for the work-related realities precipitated by those changes.
  • A comprehensive understanding of, and ability to use, the resources available for career, vocational, educational, and occupational counseling, including labor market information sources (visual and print media, computer and Internet-based information systems, as well as other electronic career information systems).
  • An understanding of, and ability to implement, career development program planning, including the organization, implementation, administration and evaluation of comprehensive guidance and programs to support successful career and employment transitioning.
  • An understanding of the interrelationships among and between work, family and other life roles and factors, including the role of diversity and gender in career development, and the ability to apply this information in working with students and clients.
  • A comprehensive understanding of career exploration and planning, educational planning, and the process of transitioning to and across the workplace, as well as, follow-up and evaluation of activities related to career transitions and lifelong learning.


Required Courses (9 hours):

Restricted Electives (6 hours):

Two courses selected from the following (after consultation with their advisor and based on their individual educational and career needs):

  • CNS 572 The College Student Experience (3 hours)
  • CNS 574 Student Development in Higher Education (3 hours)
  • CNS 577 Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals (3 hours)
  • CNS 552 Testing and Assessment in Counseling (3 hours)
  • CNS 553 Community Resources in Counseling (3 hours)
  • CNS 559 Counseling Techniques (3 hours)
  • CNS 576 Technology in Student Affairs (3 hours)

Total graduate hours required: 15


Admission to the CCC program is based on completion of a baccalaureate degree and adequate preparation in this or a related area of study. To apply for admission to the certificate program, applicants should submit a Form A (Admissions Application) to The Graduate School (with the required $40 fee), and have an official copy of their undergraduate transcript (showing completion of the baccalaureate degree) sent to WKU (if the applicant is not a graduate of WKU). In addition to their Form A and undergraduate transcript, it is requested that applicants also submit a statement to The Graduate School which indicates their reasons for wanting to pursue this certificate program, how their previous life and educational experiences are applicable to this program, and how they plan to use the credential in the future. The statement should be 3-4 pages in length (double-spaced) and follow APA format.

Additional Information

Dr. Aaron Hughey, Ed.D.
C.C.C. Program Coordinator
The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4953

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