Certificate in Child/Play Therapy

The counseling program in the department of counseling, educational leadership, educational and school psychology offers a postmaster’s certificate program in child/play therapy. The certificate program curriculum is designed to meet training standards for play therapists established by the Association of Play Therapy. This certificate program is not eligible for Title IV (federal financial aid) unless the certificate is awarded as part of a degree program.

Admission Requirements

  1. Evidence of having completed a master’s degree in counseling, social work or a closely related field;
  2. Cumulative graduate GPA: 3.250 in required courses for the prerequisite graduate degree;
  3. Resume: The resume should include evidence of experience working in a professional counseling role;
  4. Goal Statement: The goal statement must indicate an intention to work with young children as part of a future professional role; and
  5. References: Two professional references.

Program Requirements

The certificate program comprises the following courses:

CESP 841Fundamentals of Play Therapy3
CESP 842Play Therapy for Young Children3
CESP 843Child Psychopathology in Play Therapy3
CESP 844Advanced Techniques in Child and Play Therapy3
CESP 865Practicum Play Therapy 13
Total Credit Hours15

Completion Requirements

A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.000 for all courses comprising the certificate program is required. No grades below a C (2.000) are allowed in certificate program courses.

Completion process:

  1. Students must notify the program area, in writing, of intent to complete the certificate.
  2. In the semester the certificate requirements are met students must:
    1. With graduate advisor, prepare and submit to the Graduate School a plan of study for the certificate.
    2. Submit to the Graduate School an application for the certificate along with a $15 filing fee.

Deadlines are no later than the 20th day of fall or spring semester, or the 10th day of a summer term.