Advanced Counseling (post-master’s)

This certificate program provides you an opportunity to complete advanced graduate work in counseling leading to potential eligibility for status as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Courses can be selected in order to meet individual professional development goals. The faculty advisor will work with you to design an appropriate course sequence.

The program is designed to meet the needs of:

Individuals seeking to become licensed as professional counselors (LPC) and who have already completed a 48-hour master’s degree in school counseling, community counseling, or a related counseling field.

Program Specifics


  • To aid counselors in completing the coursework required for LPC licensure in Virginia
  • To develop a specialization in the field of counseling that will be readily applicable to agency and private practice settings
  • To enhance understanding of the multifaceted challenges that counselors face when working in therapy with individuals and families

Pre-requisites: Completion of a master’s degree in community counseling, school counseling or related area.

Course requirements (12 credits):

The specific courses to be taken can be selected from graduate level counseling courses with guidance from the faculty advisor. You should consult the graduate studies catalog for a comprehensive list of courses that are available and determinations will then be made as to which 12 credits best complement your prior training and professional goals.

Key course options include:

  • COUN 618 Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • COUN 635 Parent and Family Consultation
  • COUN 645 Addiction Counseling
  • COUN 662: LGBT Considerations in Counseling
  • COUN 683 Dynamics of Play
  • COUN 684 Applications in Play
  • COUN 695 Independent Study
  • COUN 699 Counseling Internship (this course is only applicable to students who have previously completed a CACREP accredited master’s degree program)
  • SPED 600 Survey of Special Education
  • SPED 670 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders