Career and self-fulfillment opportunities are rewarding and plentiful in the health and helping professions: counseling, psychotherapy, social work, clinical psychology, psychiatric nursing and health education. The Preparatory Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions is ideal if you are a career changer who needs to complete undergraduate course prerequisites or if you want to gain a deeper understanding of the field of counseling and psychology. Designed for career changers with bachelor's degrees, the curriculum comprises a range of upper-division psychology courses that are required or strongly recommended for professional or graduate school admission and careers in social work, counseling and psychology. The program also offers advising workshops to help you excel in your education at Extension and in your future career.
The program is ideal if you have a bachelor's degree in a field other than psychology and want to apply to a competitive professional or graduate school or pursue a career in psychology, mental health or counseling.
International students in the Preparatory Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions must have a bachelor's degree.
The curriculum comprises eight required courses (six undergraduate-level courses and two workshops) and two elective courses for a minimum of 25 semester units and 2.4 ceu (399 hours of instruction).
This certificate can be completed in nine months and concludes with a required career seminar that assists you in writing an effective statement of purpose. Admission is only available for the fall and spring terms.
The table contains the required and elective courses for the Preparatory Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions, as well as the terms they are typically available for enrollment.
|Required Courses||Course #||Semester
|Counseling and Psychotherapy as a Career Option||1.8 ceu||♦||♦||♦|
|Introduction to Developmental Psychology||X140||3||♦||♦|
|Introduction to Statistics||XB2||4||♦||♦||♦|
|Psychology of Personality||X176||3||♦||♦|
|Research Methods in Psychology||X106||3||♦||♦||♦|
|Career Seminar in Counseling and Psychology Capstone course to be taken in last term||0.6 ceu||♦||♦|
|New! Intimate Relationships Throughout the Lifespan||X173||3||♦|
|Psychology of Women||X117||3||♦||♦|
|Psychology of Communication*||X156.1||3||♦||♦||♦|
* This is an online-only course. As an international student, you must receive approval from the designated school official (DSO) before enrolling in online courses. A maximum of three units can be taken online per term.
To contact Evening Certificate Programs office, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (510) 642-2564 or fax (510) 643-0216.