Graduate Certificate in Counseling

The Certificate in Counseling is designed only for those who a) already have a masters degree in Counseling and b) need to make up for deficiencies in their academic record in order to apply to the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California for a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license. Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated students or by extended learning students and denote successful completion of a program of study. All units of coursework for this certificate must be completed at CSUSB. Entry to any of the courses may occur only with the consent of the program coordinator.

Admission to the Certificate in Counseling

Admission to the Certificate in Counseling depends upon the same academic standards required by the university for admission to graduate status. In addition to these general requirements, the following specific requirements for admission apply:

  1. Submission to the program of transcripts from a master’s degree in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Submission of an application portfolio as specified by the program, including a resume, statement of professional intent, proof of successful completion of the CBEST, evidence of a current negative TB test, evidence of a Certificate of Clearance, three letters of recommendation from persons having knowledge of the applicant’s counseling potential, and a proposed program of study.



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Applicants’ files will be reviewed by a committee of the Counseling Program faculty which will decide whether the applicant will be admitted. The admission committee will also approve the proposed program of study and may stipulate further coursework if required.

Certificate in Counseling Requirements (20 units)

Completion of at least five courses (20 units) from the following list. Students may take more than the required number of units up to a maximum of 48 units if these are required by the proposed program of study to meet requirements from the State of California. No guarantee of the decision of the decision that might be made by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in any individual application for a license is implied by completion of this certificate program.

A grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) in course work taken to satisfy the certificate requirements must be maintained, including a minimum of a “B” in ECLG 657A and ECLG 657B, and no grade below a “C” (2.0) in all other courses in the program

Complete at least five of the following (20 Units):

Course Number Course Title Units
EDUC 607 Introduction to Educational Research 4
ECLG 619 Appraisal Procedures in Counseling 4
ECLG 633 Human Development for Counseling 4
ECLG 650 Career Counseling 4
ECLG 654 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Guidance 4
ECLG 655 Multicultural Counseling 4
ECLG 656 Counseling Theories 4
ECLG 657A Counseling Practicum I 4
ECLG 657B Advanced Counseling Practice 4
ECLG 658 Family Consultation 4
ECLG 678 Group Counseling 4
ECLG 661 Diagnosis and Treatment Plan 4
ECLG 669 Psychopharmacology 4
ECLG 662 Addictions Counseling 4
ECLG 663 Gender and Sexuality 4
ECLG 664 Crisis and Trauma Counseling 4
ECLG 668 Aging Death and Grief 4
ECLG 665 Family Violence 4
ECLG 667 Conflict Resolution 4
ECLG 679 Counseling Field Experience 4

Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, CE-243, (909) 537-5606.

Dates, Fees and Deadlines

Term Dates
Late Fee Implemented
Final Day to Register and Pay(Census)
Fall 2018 9/20/18-12/8/18 6/18/2018 8/6/2018 10/10/2018
Winter 2019 1/7/19-3/23/19 11/21/2018 12/10/2018 1/28/2019
Spring 2019 4/2/19-6/15/19 3/5/2019 3/18/2019 4/22/2019
  • Students are not enrolled until the College of Extended Learning has received a signed registration form and applicable fees have been paid.
  • Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, or by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Registration forms can be submitted to the College of Extended Learning windows in Sierra Hall 101.
  • Late fees are $25 per class.
  • Census is the final day to register and pay fees. Students must use the Petition process to register after this date. Census is also the last day for students to withdraw from classes without record and receive a 65% refund (at no time are 100% refunds issued).
  • After Census, refunds for dropped classes are no longer issued. Withdrawals after this date will be permissible only for serious and compelling reasons such as serious illness or accident, and students will receive a "Withdrawal" on their records. Documentation is required for these exceptions.

Fees Schedule for 2018-2019

  • 5 units.... $1,300
  • 4 units.... $1,040
  • 3 units.... $780
  • 2 units.... $520
  • 1 units.... $260

Additional fees may be charged for courses that offer laboratory work or individual tutorial instructions.

*Important Student Fees Information: The College of Extended Learning makes every effort to keep students costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased to meet the operating costs of delivering continuing education courses and programs therefore, the College of Extended Learning reserves the right to increase or modify fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular quarter has begun. All college of Extended Learning fees are subject to change.

Graduate Certificate Process

Steps and procedures for non-degree seeking students

  1. Select your desired Graduate Certificate Program.
  2. Complete preliminary application on the College of Extended Learning (CEL) website.
  3. Anticipate contact from the College from which you are applying to.
  4. Submit your official transcript to the College for review. CSUSB graduates, a transcript is not required.
  5. Upon acceptance to the Certificate Program, the College will provide you with the Graduate Certificate Open University Registration Form and a Program Plan.
  6. Return the approved forms to CEL with the registration fees. Full payment for the first quarter is due at the time of registration.
  7. For enrollment into subsequent courses you must contact the CEL Graduate Certificate Coordinator for registration.
  8. No later than the last term of certificate-applicable study, you must submit an Application for Certificate Programs along with the application fee with the Office of the Registar, Application for Certificate Programs.

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Certificate Completion

No later than the last term of certificate-applicable study, you must submit an Application for Certificate Programs form along with the application fee with the Office of Registrar, Application for Certificate Programs.

* Fees are subject to change