Clinical Counseling Certificate

APU’s Clinical Counseling Certificate program is designed to be an addendum to a candidate’s existing master’s degree coursework, helping retool and prepare school counselors and school psychologists for the clinical, mental health field.

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The Department of School Counseling and School Psychology offers the Clinical Counseling Certificate, which equips candidates with an in-depth understanding of the numerous issues and pressures facing students and their families today.


The Clinical Counseling Certificate is offered as a four-course elective sequence:

Semester 1
EDCO 571Introduction to Clinical Practice: Basic Skills3
EDCO 572Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3
Semester 2
EDCO 573Addictions, Assessment, and Interventions3
EDCO 574Introduction to Clinical Practice: Advanced Skills3

Admission requirements for the Clinical Counseling Certificate’s four-course sequence require students to have a master’s degree in counseling, clinical psychology, or a related field (also see the Admission section below). These four courses do NOT lead to meeting eligibility requirements for the LPCC designation in the state of California, but are considered advanced education to add more mental health tools to a practitioner’s repertoire. It is recommended that students visit the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC) website for the most current and accurate information about LPCC licensure requirements. Contact the Department of School Counseling and School Psychology for more information about the Clinical Counseling Certificate program.


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.