Counseling & Student Affairs
College and Career Readiness (CCR)
This certificate program is for graduate students who are interested in the college and career readiness of P-12 students; with a specific focus on interacting and intervening with this target population, as well as developing professional relationships with school-related stakeholders. The College and Career Readiness (CCR) certificate is created to support the career and college readiness needs of local, regional, and national P-12 students. It is offered online through WKU’s Bowling Green campus; courses are taught by CNS faculty with the integration of experts from local businesses and schools. Students will have opportunities to participate in action research and service learning consultation activities. This certificate program plays a leading role in Kentucky’s economic and social development by preparing CCR graduates to prepare P-12 students to join a high quality educated workforce in an area of local, regional, and national need. Additionally, it meets the needs of area schools by providing specific training to the personnel being hired or asked to work with students in the areas of college and career readiness. It also serves to help build and maintain networks between districts and industry in Bowling Green.
This program is currently not eligible for the Kentucky P-12 Educator Tuition Discount. However, we are working on making that program eligible for the discount in the future. In the meantime, you may qualify for the Educator Tuition Discount if you take these courses as electives in a Rank 1 program for Secondary Education or School Counseling. Additionally, full-time teachers who supervise student teachers or teaching interns may qualify for the Tuition Waiver for Supervising Teachers.
The 15 credit hour certificate program includes the following 5 required courses:
These courses will tentatively be offered the following semesters:
Summer: CNS 500, CNS 556*
*They can all be taken in one year as listed below or CNS 556 and CNS 503 can be taken
during a second year.
“Being part of the College and Career Readiness program has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have gained life long relationships and lessons that have prepared me for my dream career; but what is most important is that this program has prepared me to become a great mentor or guide to help those in need. I want to thank Dr. Wolf for her amazing support; and also thank her and my fellow classmates for their insights and wisdom! I highly recommend this certificate program!” Brian Harris, 2019 CCR Certificate graduate
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and meet minimum admission requirements to the Graduate School. Apply to the CCR Certificate program directly through the Graduate School application. Admissions are on a rolling basis; students are accepted throughout the year into the certificate program. Classes can begin any semester; they are not required to be taken in sequence.
These certificate courses can meet the elective requirements for certain masters degrees that include options for electives in this area. Admission for those degree programs is separate from this process; please review the admissions requirements of those programs and apply separately:
- Counseling, Clinical Mental Health (60 hours)
- Education & Behavioral Science Studies (30 hours)
- Organizational Leadership (30 hours)
For financial aid and funding information, please visit our funding opportunities webpage.
Department of Counseling and Student Affairs
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
CCR Admissions (applicants)
Dr. Jill Duba Sauerheber, Ph.D.
CCR Advising (enrolled students)
Dr. Cheryl P. Wolf, Ph.D.
For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.