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Certificate in Career Services

The Certificate in Career Services (CCS) is designed to provide helping professionals with advanced knowledge and skills needed to better serve students and clients within the context of a volatile and ever changing employment landscape. Graduates of 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 CCS program complements the master’s degree programs in a wide variety of helping professions. 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 to related master’s degree programs may incorporate 12 hours of the certificate program into their program of study (if appropriate). Admission to the CCS program is based on completion of a baccalaureate degree and adequate preparation in this or a related area of study. This certificate program welcomes applicants from all graduate programs at Western Kentucky University and elsewhere. However, students seeking admission to a University graduate degree program must apply to and meet admissions requirements of the program. Please note that admission to, or completion of, the CCS program will not guarantee admission to any graduate degree program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the CCS 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 $60 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.

Certificate Requirements: 15 hours

Required Courses 9 hours

  • CNS 593 Career Development in Student Affairs and Higher Education
  • CNS 675 Advanced Career Counseling and Services Administration
  • CNS 595 Internship (in Career Counseling)

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 556 Developmental Career Counseling
  • CNS 572 The College Student Experience
  • CNS 574 Student Development in Higher Education
  • CNS 577 Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals
  • CNS 610 Assessment and Accountability in Student Affairs and Higher Education

Total Graduate Hours Required: 15

Additional Information

Dr. Aaron Hughey, Ed.D.
C.C.S. Program Coordinator
The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11030,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4849


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 9/11/18