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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 Reltnshps 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 Chldhd

OR

Working with Families of Exceptional Individuals

3 hrs