UCLA Extension

College Counseling

colCnslCertThose who work with students making the transition from high school to college are all too aware of the need for training and information that is up-to-date, comprehensive, and practical.

ENROLL NOW – College Counseling Certificate

This online program is designed to be a preparation for counseling high school students effectively and helping them identify their postsecondary options. And because it’s online, this preparation is available virtually day or night.

The Online Certificate Program in College Counseling is intended for:

  • College and career counselors in a high school setting who want to develop their professional competencies
  • High school guidance counselors who want to acquire this specialized knowledge and training to transition into the role of college counselor
  • College admissions personnel who want to become more familiar with high school processes and other institutions’ protocols
  • Junior high and middle school counselors who want to provide their students with a head start in planning their post-secondary options
  • Teachers who want to be better informed about the options available for their students
  • Individuals who are interested in developing an independent college counseling practice


We strongly suggest that students who wish to ultimately earn the certificate complete the online application to become a candidate during their first quarter in which they are enrolled. You will be required to upload a PDF copy of your official transcript verifying that you earned a bachelor’s degree. Your application will not be accepted until you upload your official transcript. Only a PDF scan of your official transcript will be accepted. Do not mail your official transcripts.

Please note:

If you attended a U.S. college or university you only need to submit your undergraduate official transcript indicating that you earned a bachelor’s degree.

If you attended a university or college outside of the U.S. you will need to submit the official transcript from the institute and also the equivalency transcript from an accredited equivalency institute. To find a foreign transcript evaluation agency go to: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl635.pdf?sfvrsn=bb4f6e6a_6

Practicum Proposal Form

To enroll in the final practicum course you will have to submit a proposal that needs to approved by the practicum instructor.

When you try to enroll in the X 414.85 Practicum in College Counseling course you will be asked to submit the Practicum Proposal Form.  At that point, the program will forward your proposal to the practicum instructor and once it is approved you will then be able to complete the registration process.

Do not email the form to the instructor or the program. It must be uploaded in the enrollment system.

To access the Practicum Proposal Form, click here: Practicum Proposal Form

If you encounter any troubles in completing the permission to enroll you should contact the Student Services Department at (310) 825-9971.


Practicum Supervisor Verification Form

The Supervisor Verification Form will be submitted at the end of the X 414.85 Practicum in College Counseling course via Canvas. It will be part of your final course assignment. If the form is not submitted with the appropriate information and signatures you will not pass the course, and you won’t be able to complete the program.

Do not email the form to the instructor or the program. It must be uploaded in Canvas at the end of the practicum course.

To access the Practicum Supervisor Verification Form, click here: Supervisor Verification Form

Program Handbook

To access the latest version of the College Counseling Program Handbook, click here: Program Handbook


The following is a table showing the quarters in which the elective courses for the College Counseling Certificate are offered:

Elective Courses
Course Number Course Name Summer Fall Winter Spring
X 414.96 The Business of Educational Consulting X X X X
X 414.98 College Counseling for the International Student X X X X
X 414.99 Preparing Community College Students for Transfer X X
X 414.97 Higher Education in the Public Interest X X
X 414.80 Finalizing the College Counseling Process X X
ENROLL NOW – College Counseling Certificate

The following is a table of the academic calendar for 2018.

Dates of Enrollment
 Quarter Class Dates Open for Enrollment
Spring 2018 April 2–June 4 February 5, 2018
Summer 2018 June 25–August 27 April 30, 2018
Fall 2018 September 24–November 26 July 30, 2018
Winter 2019 Jan 7–March 11 December 8, 2018

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