UCLA Extension

College Counseling

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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



There is some degree of order in which the courses should be taken. Counseling the College Bound Student is the introductory course and should be taken first. 

These four courses can be taken in any order: 

The College Admission Process 

Testing/Career Assessment 

Financial Aid Fundamentals 

One elective course 

Special Issues in College Counseling is recommended as the sixth-course

Practicum in College Counseling is taken as the final, seventh course


Practicum Proposal Form

To enroll in the final practicum course you will have to submit a proposal that needs to be 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 414.80  Finalizing the College Counseling Process  x   X  
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The following is a table of the academic calendar for 2019-2020.

Dates of Enrollment
 Quarter Class Dates Open for Enrollment

Winter 2020


January 13 – March 15 (10 weeks) 

March 22 (11 weeks) 

November 4, 2019 
Spring 2020

March 30 – June 7 (10 weeks) 

June 14 (11 weeks) 

February 3, 2020 
Summer 2020

June 22 – August 23 (10 weeks) 

August 30 (11 weeks) 

April 22, 2020 
Fall 2020 

September 28 – December 6 (10 weeks) 

December 13 (11 weeks) 

August 3, 2020 

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