Student Mental Health, Family and Community Support

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Certificate in Student Mental Health, Family and Community Support

Denise Cunningham, Program Coordinator
Hill Hall, Room 312B; Phone: 417-836-4492
DeniseCunningham@MissouriState.edu

MSU's Title IV Federal Financial Aid, for this certificate, is pending final approval of application to Department of Education. Check with the MSU Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Student Mental Health, Family, and Community Support is a 9-hour certificate that will prepare educators and other professionals (e.g. school-based clinicians, family, system support and child life specialists, paraeducators, school nurses) to better support the psychosocial needs of children and adolescents through improved interactions with students themselves, their families, and surrounding communities. They will learn interpersonal, behavioral, systemic, and consultation strategies appropriate for diverse students in rural, urban, suburban public, private and home-based learning and educational settings. The certificate is a Missouri State University certificate and does not meet Missouri State Certification requirements for teaching or counselor education.

Admission requirements

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 over the bachelor's degree, the last 60 hours of academic work taken, or a master's degree.
  3. A personal statement that addresses the applicant's professional career goals and how the certificate will help accomplish these goals.
  4. A brief resume or curriculum Vita.
  5. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Previous coursework will be evaluated by program advisor(s) and prerequisite exceptions will be made based off of course content and knowledge.

Certificate course requirements (9 hrs)

Course Type Course Code Course Title Credit Hours

Mental health/trauma-informed course
(Select 1 of 2)

COU 710 & COU 711
OR
SPE 661

Counseling and Helping Relationships & Counseling and Helping Relationships Lab
OR
Methods of Teaching Individuals with Behavior Disorders/Emotional Disturbance

3 hrs

Community Engagement

(Select 1 of 5)

COU 768
OR
ECE 601
OR
EAD 784
OR
EAD 864
OR
SPE 781

Crisis Counseling & Disaster Mental Health Response
OR
Home/School/Community Relationships with Young Children & Their Families
OR
Multicultural Issues Involving Human Relations & Collaborative Processes
OR
Diversity & Community Relations
OR
Educational Consultation

3 hrs
Family Course (Select 1 of 5)

CFD 632
OR
CFD 660
OR
CFD 761
OR
ECE 675
OR
SPE 660

Family Advocacy
OR
Family Engagement
OR
Advanced Family Studies
OR
Working w/ Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Children/Families Early Childhood
OR
Working with Families of Exceptional Individuals

3 hrs