An estimated 15 million American youth could be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, but only a small percentage of those children receive the services they need, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

And as every school professional knows, mental health issues can have a serious impact on classroom life and academic success.

The Children’s Mental Health Certificate for School Professionals will help you better understand mental health disorders and treatment among children and adolescents in school-based settings, particularly in urban areas. Our program emphasizes a preventive approach to meeting children’s mental health needs by using a collaborative, problem-solving process that encompasses the diverse skills of school-based professionals (including teachers, school social workers, school nurses, school counselors and administrators). Some of the issues you’ll study include:

  • Epidemiology of mental health disorders among children
  • Multicultural issues in the development and treatment of children’s mental health disorders
  • Influence of stressors in urban environments on mental health
  • How to cultivate collaboration among school professionals to address mental needs of children
  • The impact of mental health difficulties on academic achievement

This is a 15-credit, online certificate program at the post-baccalaureate, graduate and post-graduate levels. This certificate is not intended to provide preparation for licensure as a mental health professional.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • You’ll learn about the latest issues, research and strategies in the field of children’s mental health.
  • You’ll work with internationally known faculty who are leaders in their field.
  • You can complete all of your coursework online, whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.


We admit students on an annual basis. Current UWM graduate students complete the certificate in concurrence with their graduate programs. Post-baccalaureate and post-graduate students are admitted as non-degree candidates at the graduate level. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Post-baccalaureate: minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA; submit undergraduate transcripts and letter of intent.
  • Current graduate students: minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; submit current transcript and letter of intent.
  • Post-graduate: submit graduate transcript and letter of intent.
  • Those not already admitted to a UWM graduate program must complete the UWM Graduate School online admission application. Select “Graduate courses for personal/professional enrichment” as your reason for applying.

Certificate Requirements

You’ll take the following courses for a total of 15 graduate credits:

    • Ed Psy 710: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues in Schools (3 credits)
    • Ed Psy 711: Cultural Context of Children’s Mental Health (3 credits)
    • Ed Psy 712: Mentally Healthy Classroom and School Environments (3 credits)
    • Ed Psy 713: Mental Health Needs in Urban Environments (3 credits)
    • Couns 805: Consultation Strategies for Counselors and School Psychologists
      (3 credits) (or approved alternative)

The certificate is conferred after you complete all courses with a grade of B or better.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits will not be accepted.

Articulation with UWM Graduate Degree Programs

No more than 50 percent of the credits required for the certificate may count toward UWM graduate degree requirements.

Time Limit

You must complete all courses within three years from the date of initial enrollment in the certificate program.

Gainful Employment

The School & Community Counseling Certificate is subject to gainful employment regulations.

See also: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information


Dr. Karen Stoiber
Professor, Educational Psychology
Enderis Hall 775