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  •  Certificate in College Admission Counseling 

    Why Hamline School of Education's College Admission Counseling Certificate?

    Respond to the ever-changing landscape of college admission with a certificate designed to prepare professionals in any venue to counsel high school students through their postsecondary planning and admission processes.

    This certificate is designed to prepare professionals anywhere in the country from school counselors, career center specialists, teacher of career classes, to individuals who are interested in developing an independent college counseling practice.

    With a College Admission Counseling Certificate from Hamline, you will: 

    • Gain a comprehensive overview of postsecondary education options, key stakeholders, and creating a college-going culture.
    • Develop the skills to prepare and assist students in applying to postsecondary institutions.
    • Build tools for helping students with career development and assessment so they can make good decisions about their postsecondary education.
    • Examine issues pertaining to special populations (students of color, first generation, low socioeconomic status) and how to best counsel these populations for success in the college admission process.
    • Apply what you learn with a field-based project in a counseling venue that is close to you.


    Flexible Structure: Fully online
    Time to Complete: 12 months
    Program Begins: Fall, spring, and summer terms
    Curriculum: 5 courses, 16 credits
    Cost: $275 per credit for the 2013-2014 academic year
    Admission: APPLY NOW
    Contact Graduate Continuing Studies at gcs@hamline.edu for enrollment information.


    Required Courses: (15 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Counseling the College Bound Student (3 credits)
    • Understanding the College Admission Process (3 credits)
    • Career Development and Assessment (3 credits)
    • Special Populations in College Counseling (3 credits)
    • Practicum in College Counseling (4 credits)
    Make your credits count for more. Hamline's College Admission Counseling Certificate may be applied to fulfill electives for Hamline's Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Education: Natural Science and Environmental Education, or Master of Arts in Literacy Education.

    certificate completion process

    If you believe you have completed all of the requirements of the College Admission Counseling certificate, please request your printed certificate. Your transcript will be evaluated for completion. Certificates are processed monthly and you can expect to receive it within four to six weeks after your request. Congratulations on your hard work!