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Professional Counseling, Certificate in (Post-master’s certificate)

Amy J. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Associate professor and chair
(804) 827-0921

Christopher C. Wagner, Ph.D.
Associate professor and vice chair
(804) 828-1121


Admission requirements summary

Professional Counseling, Certificate in (Post-master’s certificate)

Post-master’s certificate
of entry:


Jun 1
Oct 1

The advanced certificate program in professional counseling is designed for persons who hold the Master of Science or Master of Arts degree in counseling from VCU or other institutions. The intent is to assist students in meeting the educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor, the Licensed Substance Abuse Practitioner and the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor credentials in Virginia and other states. The certificate program also may be pursued to fulfill preservice or continuing education requirements for various national certifications, such as National Certified Counselor or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Applicants to the program designate a preferred specialization based upon interest and need. Specialization requirements may exceed the minimum number of required credits for the certificate program as a whole.

Specific goals include but are not limited to:

  1. The encouragement of advanced graduate education in counseling.
  2. The facilitation of the professional counselor’s career development efforts and goals.
  3. The facilitation of the acquisition or maintenance of professional state licenses or national certificates.
  4. The expansion of the student’s awareness and expertise in specialized counselor roles and functions.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:



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