Sports Counseling Certificate – Credits: 12 (program code: 0935)
Sports counseling is a process that assists individuals in maximizing their personal, academic and athletic potential. Sports counseling is accomplished through a proactive, growth-oriented approach that incorporates the principles of counseling, career development, movement science, psychology and lifespan human development. Counselors, educators and other helping professionals should have specialized awareness, knowledge and skills beyond the basic counselor preparation as well as the ability to develop effective therapeutic relationships.
The sports counseling certificate meets the particular interests and needs of a significant subsector of counselors, educators and other helping professionals who work with the athlete population in a variety of settings, including youth sports programs, interscholastic programs, colleges and universities, community and social agencies, professional sporting agencies, and recreational settings.
Note: The graduate certificate in sports counseling will not certify you as a professional counselor. However, it may be possible for the courses to be utilized for additional credits toward licensure or for continuing education credits. You may want to check your state’s licensure laws for more information.
This program will provide counselor training competencies in three core areas of study:
- Foundations of sports counseling
- Contextual dimensions of sports counseling
- Knowledge and skills for the practice of sports counseling.
- Students will be prepared to work with youth, adolescent, young adult or adult athletes across a variety of settings.
Global Online (100 percent online delivery)
3.00 GPA in a baccalaureate* verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution
*For applicants with a GPA of less than 3.00, conditional acceptance may be possible.
A one-page typed resume of employment and education history
A 1,000 word typed psychobiography (see program web page for details)
Three current letters of recommendation on letterhead from professional, academic and/or business sources who can attest to your potential as a helping professional with the athlete population.
An admissions interview may be required in person or via telephone
Completed Graduate Application for Admission plus $25 nonrefundable application fee
Special Program Requirements
Students completing a counseling field experience must provide proof of clearances. Criminal history check and child abuse clearances (appropriate for your state) are required for CED 782. Insurance liability is also required.
CED 780 Issues and Techniques in Counseling Athletes
CED 781 Sports Counseling Programming
CED 782 Advanced Issues and Techniques in Counseling Athletes
CED 788 Contemporary Topics in Counselor Education
Students in the certificate in sports counseling receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic advisor from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.
School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
Taunya Tinsley, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.A. (University of Iowa), B.A. (Augsburg College); NCC, LPC, Associate Professor
Phone: 724-938 5698
Jacqueline A. Walsh, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania); NCC, ACS, LPC, Professor
Gloria Cataldo Brusoski, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.Ed. (Gannon University); B.A. (Duquesne University); LPC, Professor
Grafton Eliason, Ed.D. (Duquesne University), M.Ed. (Shippensburg University), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), B.A. (Duquesne University); LPC, Professor
Elizabeth Gruber, Ph.D. (Duquesne University); M.A. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University); LPC, NCC, Professor
John Patrick, D.Ed., (Pennsylvania State University); M.S. (University of Scranton), B.A. (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), CRC, NCC, LPC, Professor
Jeffrey L. Samide, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College); LPC, Associate Professor