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Applicants must have an earned Master’s in Counseling with a primary focus in Community Agency/Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling.

This part-time certificate is designed for individuals who already possess a master's degree in counseling or a highly related field and are seeking 15 credits of postgraduate course work to meet Virginia licensure requirements. Once accepted into the program, students work with an advisor to individually tailor their course work to meet licensure requirements and career goals.

CACREP Accredited

Where This Certificate Will Take You

  • Learn to bring social justice and advocacy into your practice.
  • Be prepared to complete the Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor application.

Program Format

  • The post-master's certificate is offered on a part-time basis only.
  • The program is only available to students who have earned or are currently pursuing a Mason master of education in counseling.

Licensure Disclosure

George Mason University will verify completion of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.

Accreditation Status

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