School Counseling

Graduate Certificate

Our CACREP aligned school counseling graduate certificate program is designed to prepare individuals, who already hold a master's degree in counseling, social work, or a related human services field, to work in Alaska's school systems with a Type C certification. This program is approved by the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Application to the school counselor graduate certification program follows the same admission requirements and procedures as for the M.Ed. in counseling.

If you already have a master’s degree and want to get your certification in school counseling, this flexible graduate certificate program offers an ideal option.

Leveraging partnerships with rural and urban school districts across Alaska, our school counseling program offers unique opportunities to engage with diverse student communities and gain hands-on experience in the field. We offer digitally delivered web-based synchronous class meetings and/or asynchronous online learning modules, enabling you to earn your graduate certificate in a way that fits your life.

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Why Earn Your Certificate in School Counseling at UAF?

At the University of Alaska Fairbanks, you’ll have access to unique opportunities to gain hands-on training and prepare for real-world careers in school counseling. We also offer the flexibility to earn your certification in school counseling in a way that fits your life.

Get hands-on experience and specialized training for Alaska

  • As part of your certification training, you’ll take part in a variety of supervised internship experiences. Our program also integrates resources, knowledge and experiences unique to Alaska, preparing culturally attuned counselors who can effectively respond to the unique needs of rural communities.

Benefit from exceptional faculty and advising support

  • Our faculty are experienced counseling practitioners who are also accessible and dedicated teachers. We also have an exceptional advising team who are here to guide you and keep you on track toward your school counseling certification.



What Can You Do With a Certificate in School Counseling?

Increasing student enrollment across the country is driving the need for qualified school counselors. It’s one of the reasons that, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of school counselors is projected to grow 13% over the next decade—much faster than average compared to other occupations. With your certificate in school counseling from UAF, you’ll be ready to lead in these high-demand careers.

School counseling jobs

Our school counseling program graduates are employed as school counselors at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Our graduates also work as career counselors, college prep counselors and graduation success coaches.

School counseling salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, school counselors in Alaska earn an average salary of $66,730. This is considerably higher than the median salary nationally, which is $56,310.



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