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Program Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Hill

The 24-credit advanced certificate in mental health counseling is a bridge program that addresses the needs of two distinct cohorts, both requiring supplemental coursework and training to qualify for licensure as mental health counselors in New York State. Students with 36- or 48-credit degrees in mental health counseling will accrue the additional credits needed to meet the 60-credit education requirement for licensure, while those with 36-60-credit degrees in other areas of counseling (or a closely related helping-professions discipline) will acquire the specialized courses and fieldwork necessary to retrain as mental health counselors. All students complete the 12-credit practicum/internship sequence (COU530 , COU771 , COU772 ), which includes more than 600 hours of supervised mental health counseling experience, plus 12 additional credits based on review of their prior graduate transcripts and identification of specific courses needed to fulfill licensure requirements. Admission to the program is in the fall (deadline February 1st) and in the spring (October 15th).

Consistent with the mission of the State University of New York at New Paltz, the advanced certificate program provides students with a challenging, student-centered, and personalized learning environment that enables them to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to contribute productively to their profession and communities. For those professionals interested in "retooling" within the broad field of counseling, the advanced certificate program facilitates mid-career changes in specialization to meet professional goals and local and regional needs.

Graduates of the SUNY New Paltz M.S. in School Counseling degree require only 18 credits to complete this advanced certificate.

 Please prepare the following items for inclusion in the online application process:Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate program

  • Bachelor's and Master's degrees from an accredited institutions with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate and graduate work or strong evidence of recent academic achievement.
  • One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (general test)
  • International students must meet these additional requirements for admission:  http://www.newpaltz.edu/graduate/students/international/ 
  • Please send OFFICIAL transcripts and GRE score reports to:

    The Office of Graduate & Extended Learning, OM 127
    SUNY New Paltz
    800 Hawk Drive
    New Paltz, New York 12561-2442 

Application Deadline

Application review begins October 15 for Spring Admission and February 1 for Fall Admission and continues until the class is filled.

Required Courses (9 Credits)
COU530Practicum in Mental Health Counseling3
COU771Internship in Mental Health Counseling 13
COU772Internship in Mental Health Counseling 23
Electives (9-15 Credits)
Select three-five courses from the list below. 19-15
Ethics and Professional Identity in Counseling
Professional Roles in Counseling
Counseling Theories
Counseling Skills
Career Development, Counseling, and Assessment
Multicultural Counseling
Total Credits18-24