Counselors can change lives.

That’s one of the many reasons we’re excited about the work we are doing at UWM and why we’re deeply committed to training multiculturally competent counselors who are ready to use their skills to help clients in urban environments.

The School Counseling Certificate program is provided for students who already possess a master’s degree and need to meet the course requirements for certification as a K-12 School Counselor, as listed below. Courses can be waived if equivalent courses have already been completed, as determined by consultation with an advisor. The requirements for this certification program meet the certification standards of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For more information on the School Counseling: Initial Educator: K-12, five-year license, please see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.

In order to be eligible to receive an initial educator license as a school counselor, students will need to:

  • Complete the coursework and practica requirements
  • Pass the national Praxis II licensing examination

Other states have different licensing standards and if you are interested in being eligible for a different state you are strongly encouraged to contact that state’s Department of Public Instruction to ascertain whether additional requirements are necessary.

Statement on Racial Justice & Values

Counseling Statement on Racial Justice & Values

Why Choose Our Program?

  • The Department of Educational Psychology is recognized for its commitment to diversity and has more than 50 years of experience training multiculturally competent counselors and psychologists.
  • We’re located in the state’s economic, cultural and career capital, just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee and 90 minutes from Chicago, ensuring ample internship and networking opportunities.
  • You’ll work alongside internationally known faculty as an integral member of their research teams and may have the opportunity to present your work at national conferences.

Counseling Handbook & Student Data

For additional information about the program, please see the Counseling Master’s Handbook (PDF).

Student Data for the 2021-2022 Academic year (School & Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
Number of students applied:152
Number of students admitted:67
Number of students who accepted offer of admission:51
Number of students enrolled in the entire program:138
Number of students who graduated:44

Program FAQ

Visit the School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling FAQ webpage for more information about the programs.

Career Resources


Program Requirements

Students who already possess a master’s degree may be admitted as non-degree/certificate students. They can take the required course work to meet the requirements for counseling licensure without completing a second graduate degree. The course sequence is generally shorter than what would be required to complete the MS.

Academic Catalog

School Counseling, Graduate Certificate Academic Catalog Requirements

Academic Catalog Requirements Sheet

  • Visit the Academic Catalog webpage linked above, then click on the Print Options link in the lower right hand column
  • Click the Download Page (PDF) link
  • Print or save the condensed program requirements document


Application Process

Graduates of the UWM master’s program in counseling need not apply to the Master’s program. Applicants apply to the Graduate School as non-degree candidates and are recommended for admission by the Counseling Area chair.

All other applicants who possess a master’s degree may also be considered for admission. To be considered, applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better. The department must receive all materials by the same deadline indicated in the first paragraph of the Application Information section above.

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School as part of the admissions process:

  • All post-master’s applicants have two options – to complete the certification sequence as part of a second master’s degree, or as certificate/non-degree students. Please note that certificate and non-degree students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.
  • Applicants to the School Counseling Post-Master’s Certification program may submit the Certificate in School Counseling application.
  • Please also remember to upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts directly into the online application. If official transcripts are not already on file, the Graduate School will require official transcripts after admission.
  • Remember to complete the Reasons statement, Residency Calculator, and all other required materials in the online application

Upon admission, you will be asked to send official transcripts to:

Graduate School
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201



Program Information

For general information or questions about the program, contact:

Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4721