Children’s Mental Health Certificate for School Professionals — Online

The Children’s Mental Health Certificate for School Professionals is designed to give education professionals an understanding of mental health disorders and treatment among children and adolescents in school-based settings, particularly in urban areas. It emphasizes a preventive approach to meeting the mental health needs of children by using a collaborative, problem-solving process that is inclusive of the diverse skills of school-based professionals (e.g., teachers, school social workers, school nurses, school counselors, and administrators). It is not intended to provide preparation for licensure as a mental health professional.

Courses in the certificate program are focused on the 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, cultivation of collaboration among school professionals to address mental needs of children, and 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. Students will be admitted on an annual basis.

Eligibility and Admission

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.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School via the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
15 graduate credits as follows:

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

The certificate is conferred on completion of all courses with a grade of B or better.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.