Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Certification Only, Counseling (159)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/csa


Program Coordinator

Cynthia P. Mason, cynthia.mason@wku.edu, (270) 745-4953

The Certification Only, Counseling program is specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below).

Extension from Elementary or Secondary Guidance to P-12, Certification-Only (KGCS)

Students may pursue this certification as a certification-only program or as part of the Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I in Guidance.

Standard Guidance, Provisional to P-12, Certification-Only (KGCP)

Students may pursue the certifications listed below as certification-only programs or as part of the Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I in Guidance. Those seeking the Planned Sixth- Year/Rank I in Guidance should note that it requires other course work in addition to the courses described.

The Provisional to P-12 Standard Guidance program is designed for individuals with a master’s degree in school counseling who have provisional P-12 Guidance Certification.   P-12 Guidance Certification is a prerequisite for Standard Guidance Certification. Individuals certified at the elementary (Grades K-8) or secondary (Grades 5-12) levels must first complete the 6 hours required to obtain P-12 Certification.

Standard Guidance Certification requires both completion of required course work and completion of one year of employment as a school counselor for those certified as teachers or two years of employment for those not previously certified as teachers. Many individuals complete the course work prior to completing the experience requirements.

Program Admission

Admission to the Certification Only, Counseling program is specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below).

Extension from Elementary or Secondary Guidance to P-12, Certification-Only (KGCS)

Continuing certification for Elementary or Secondary Guidance is no longer available. Counselors with K-8 or 5-12 certification must first complete requirements to extend their certification to P-12, and then they may seek Standard Guidance certification. To be admitted to pursue extension of the certification to P-12, applicants must document completion of a graduate degree in school counseling and certification as a School Counselor.

Standard Guidance, Provisional to P-12, Certification-Only (KGCP)

Documentation of a master’s degree in school counseling and current guidance certification in Kentucky.

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (6 hours)

Program requirements for the Certification Only, Counseling program are specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below).

Extension from Elementary or Secondary Guidance to P-12, Certification-Only (KGCS)

Select 2 courses with advisor approval6
CNS 500College and Career Readiness Foundations3
CNS 501College and Career Consultation & Collaboration3
CNS 502College and Career Program Development & Evaluation3
CNS 548Principles and Practices3
CNS 549Counseling and Consultation3
CNS 556Developmental Career Counseling3
CNS 567Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling3
CNS 569Play Therapy3
CNS 588Family Systems Counseling3
CNS 592Crisis, Trauma and Violence Counseling3
CNS 606Family Counseling Techniques3
CNS 637Theories of Addictions3
CNS 647Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning3
CNS 667Counseling Substance and Process Addictions3
CNS 677Eating Disorders in Counseling3
Other courses may be approved in consultation with the advisor Students cannot duplicate courses from other completed programs towards the certificate

Standard Guidance, Provisional to P-12, Certification-Only (KGCP)

Specific requirements for P-12 and Standard Guidance depend on the applicant’s master’s degree program and current certification.  State regulations require individuals who possess guidance certification at the elementary (K-8) or secondary (5-12) level to complete requirements for P-12 Certification prior to obtaining Standard Guidance Certification.

For individuals with current guidance certification at the elementary (grades K-8) or secondary (grades 5-12) level
Required Courses
CNS 568Counseling Children and Adolescents3
CNS 660Organization and Administration of Guidance Services3
Total Hours6
For individuals with P-12 guidance certification who have completed a 30 or 36-hour program in school counseling
Required Courses
CNS 556Developmental Career Counseling3
CNS 666Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling3
Total Hours6
For individuals with P-12 guidance certification who have completed a 48-hour program in school counseling consistent with CACREP school counseling standards
Required Courses
CNS 666Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling3
Select one of the following:3
Crisis, Trauma and Violence Counseling
Theories of Addictions
Play Therapy
Total Hours6
For individuals with P-12 guidance certification who have completed a 30 or 36-hour program in school counseling program approved to start Spring 2018 at WKU.
Required Courses
CNS 558Theories of Counseling3
CNS 666Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling3
Total Hours6