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Counseling Psychology

In the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department

Advanced Certificate in College Advising

College Advising Program ImageThe Advanced Certificate in College Advising equips dedicated counselors, educators, and other stakeholders to demystify the college admissions process. Students and families often find themselves lost among forms, deadlines, and higher education language that does not resonate with them. Students and families who are new to the process, especially those in underserved high schools, are more likely to report feeling ill-prepared for this process. As a result, many of these students decide not to attend college or limit their possibilities to two-year or under-resourced colleges.

The Advanced Certificate program features a specialized college-advising curriculum that trains culturally competent, diverse, and reflective school counselors who serve as agents of change and social advocates for reducing disparities in higher education.

Both online and in-person  program options are available. Both programs provide the same curriculum and opportunities to study with faculty at Teachers College who are leaders in the field. The online program includes the added flexibility of an asynchronous format.

This program is open to students pursuing a school counseling degree, current school counselors, or professionals working in college advisement and access who would like to deepen their understanding of and gain specialized training in college advising.


Program Coursework

The Advanced Certificate is non-degree and credit-bearing, meaning that students receive 12 graduate-level credits from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Students may complete the program online or in-person at Teachers College’s New York City campus.

To earn the certificate, participants must complete:

  • 12 points of specialized curricular requirements
  • A semester-long internship at a high school, specifically focused on college counseling and advisement


Participants generally complete the Advanced Certificate in College Advising in two semesters.

If students opt for the two-semester completion plan, the first semester will serve as the foundational coursework semester, during which students will enroll in didactic coursework associated with the certificate. In the second semester, students are expected to complete a semester-long field work experience providing college advisement.

Matriculated students can also complete the certification over the course of study at TC.

Admissions requirements

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Application requirements include:

  • Demonstration of a completed bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • Completed Teachers College admission application


CCPJ 4199: College Admissions Advisement for School Counselors

The primary focus of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to college admissions advisement. Through the course, students will learn to develop and implement an effective college advisement program that provides access to students from diverse backgrounds.

CCPJ 5062: Career Counseling and Development

This course is a practical and theoretical foundation for understanding the relationship of vocational development theories to career counseling practice. Within the course, consideration is given to both developmental and contextual factors that influence career decisions. Additionally, emphasis is devoted to techniques of appraisal for career counseling, including interviews, assessments, and work simulations.

CCPJ 5265: Supervised Fieldwork in Secondary School Counseling

The primary focus of this course is to understand various models for delivering school-based guidance curriculum. Students will develop consultation skills and techniques for working with parents, teachers, administrators, and community-based organizations. They will also provide peer supervision, feedback, and support for fellow classmates presenting counseling cases. Lastly, students will be expected to be comfortable with advocating for learning and academic experiences necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of students.

ORLH 4040: The American College Student

This course reviews the demographic data about student access to college, the determinants of social class, race, and gender differences in college access and choice, and the influence of colleges upon students.

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