College Counseling

This seven-course certificate provides the skills needed to guide high school students to college. Format: Online

This program is perfect for...

  • High school college and career counselors who want to develop their professional competencies
  • Individuals working in an educational non-profit or community-based organization, guiding under-resourced students to college
  • Individuals who are interested in developing an independent educational consulting practice
  • Teachers who want to be better informed about post-secondary options for their students
  • College admissions personnel who want to become more familiar with high school processes and other institutions' protocols

What you can learn.

  • Explore the differences between guidance and college counseling, the college counselor's unique responsibilities, and available resources
  • Discover the fundamentals of financial aid, including types and sources of financial aid, how to apply, who is eligible, and how to use scholarship search services
  • Learn the college admissions process, including choosing a school, writing letters of recommendation, and determining admissions criteria
  • Become familiar with college counseling for groups of students with unique needs, such as those with learning disabilities, undocumented students, students who are members of the LGBT community, and transfer students

About this program.

student meeting with college counselor

The College Counseling Certificate is designed for secondary school counselors, teachers, career counselors, admissions personnel, and others who want to develop their professional competencies, or are interested in establishing an independent educational consulting practice. This program is also ideal for college admissions professionals who want to help high school students identify post-secondary options.

Format: 100% online

Duration: 1-2 years to complete (typical progress is 1-2 courses per quarter). Start any quarter.

New to College Counseling?

Explore the field of College Counseling and prepare for certificate coursework with these short, intensive courses. Upon completion, you will be prepared to begin your studies in the certificate program.


Expect more from your education.

College Counseling Mentorship Program

This unique mentoring program helps alumni or current students who have taken at least three College Counseling courses to work one-on-one with an instructor of their choice. 

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What this certificate has done for our students.


feel the certificate helped them switch positions


feel more confident in their counseling skills


work in a position they envisioned doing after graduating


found a new position in less than 3 months after graduating

Source: UCLA Extension College Counseling Alumni Survey


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
We recommend taking these courses in the following order: X414.83, X414.89, X414.90, X414.84, X414.85.
EDUC X 414.83
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.89
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.90
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.85
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Elective Courses
Students must complete two elective courses.
EDUC X 414.96
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.98
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.99
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.80
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.93
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

The UCLA Extension College Counseling Certificate Program meets the advising standards designed by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Professional resources that support the curriculum of the College Counseling Certificate:

*UCLA Extension College Counseling Certificate Program meets the IECA requirements for associate membership.


What is a reasonable estimate of how many hours of class time are required in the College Counseling Program?

On average, you can expect to spend 10 to 15 hours a week on coursework, including accessing text-based lectures, completing and submitting assignments electronically, and reading supplementary materials.

How many courses can I take each quarter?

We recommend that a participant take no more than two classes per quarter. Students wishing to complete the program within one year must take two classes per quarter and the Practicum during the last quarter.

What does the certificate signify and how will it help in the job market?

The Certificate in College Counseling signifies completion of a specialized program of courses and training in college counseling. It designates professional development in this unique field. Many schools look upon our certificate programs as a strong positive factor in hiring and offering promotions. Check with specific institutions for any degree or credential requirements they may have in addition to the College Counseling Certificate.

Note: This is not a "certification" in that it neither licenses nor certifies you to be a college counselor.

How is the practicum site chosen?

Certificate candidates are responsible for setting up their own practicum sites. Candidates can set up a practicum at a local school venue or some other site, which provides opportunities for college counseling.

What are other features of the practicum?

Students enrolled in the practicum have the opportunity to receive additional feedback and support from a practicing college counselor and from fellow students through the required online course taken concurrently with the hands-on practicum. Practicum students find that they value the ongoing interaction because it makes them feel "connected" to others as they work at their practicum sites.

Learn more about the Practicum in College Counseling course


Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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