Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in College and Career Counseling

Concentration Coordinator

Michelle Brasfield, Ed.D.
105D Ball Hall 


Our Post-master's certificate in College and Career Counseling is an online and field based program designed to address contemporary issues related to career and college counseling in schools. The certificate focuses on developing technical skills and expertise to effectively prepare students to transition from high school to college or from high school to vocational programs. The curriculum is designed to offer insight into every facet of career and college planning, including the usage of assessment data, the college application and admissions process, financial aid panning, career counseling, and working with special populations. The program is committed to addressing contemporary issues influencing the field, by building awareness of social justice issues in the college going process and utilizing student achievement data as a lever to design programs that strategically target the achievement gap. Knowledge and technical expertise are enhanced by a comprehensive field experience that places students in area high schools and colleges, affording extensive opportunities to consolidate learning, and build professional competency.

Program Requirements

The program requires completion of 12 semester credit hours, offered online (9 hrs.) and in field based settings (3 hrs.). All coursework can be completed within one year of registering for the certificate. Because course offerings may alter to reflect the latest developments in the field, it is recommended that the certification be completed in a timely manner.

     COUN 7824 College Admissions Counseling
     COUN 7825 Strategies for College and Career Counseling in K-12 Settings
     COUN 7826 School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap
     COUN 7827 Capstone Field-based Experience
     COUN 7645/7646 Practicum or Internship in Secondary School and College Setting (Note: This course is
     only available for students currently enrolled in one of our MS in Counseling programs or our Ph.D. program in Counselor
     Education and Supervision)

Who should apply?

This certificate is ideal for practicing and future school counselors who want to develop the skills to effectively assist students to pursue viable post-secondary options. This certificate will also assist individuals aspiring to become school based college counselors or independent career counselors to develop the field specific knowledge to establish an exceptional college and career operation. Students enrolled in the MS school counseling program are encouraged to blend the certificate into their program of study.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all four required courses with a B average (3.00) or higher, for a total of 12 credit hours
Certificate only students must submit a 'Graduate Certificate Program Completion Form' to your departmental advisors two-weeks prior to the Graduate School deadline for graduation (See attached PDF in email)
Students are also required to apply to graduate with their certificate in their MyMemphis portal
To review important graduate office deadlines and graduation requirements go to the Grad School.

Program Admissions

  1. Students currently admitted to a graduate program at the UofM
  2. Students at another university pursuing a graduate degree in the social or behavioral sciences
  3. Students already holding a graduate degree in the social or behavioral sciences
  4. Non-degree seeking students who hold a bachelor's degree or higher who meet the University of Memphis's graduate school requirements.
  5. For students enrolled in a graduate program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.
  6. An overall minimum grade point average of 2.75 is recommended for admission at the under graduate level

Application Process: Certificate only students

 Apply to the certificate program

Completed certificate applications are due:

  • March 15 for Summer
  • June 15 for Fall
  • November 10 for Spring