International School Counseling Certificate

4 Courses
10 Units
Online Fixed-Date
35 Weeks

Be an Effective Counselor with Culturally Focused Skills and Sensitivities

The International School Counseling Certificate program is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively provide counseling and develop school counseling programs in International Schools.  Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of career, academic, and social-emotional counseling specifically focused on counselors wanting to and working in international schools.

The International School Counseling Certificate is offered by the USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy department, and facilitated by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. The certificate is designed for professional practice with the goal of enhancing counseling skills to international school students.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in International School Counseling. The certificate can be completed in less than 12 months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

Schedule & Fees

Required Courses

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Multicultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors [COUN-X563] See details for more information 3
See details for more information
Online Fixed-Date

Online professional development course for international school counselors that focuses on multicultural skill building to work with international school students.

Crisis & Trauma Prevention and Intervention in International School Counseling [COUN-X565] 01 Mar 202327 Jun 2023 3 $1050
01 Mar 202327 Jun 2023
Online Fixed-Date
Ana Maria Leon

This online professional development course covers crisis and trauma intervention and prevention in the International School setting designed for school counselors.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Course Dates:  Wednesday March 1 – Tuesday June 27, 2023

Course Format:  Online Fixed-Date (fully online). This course is asynchronous, plus 4 synchronous meetings in Zoom, dates and times are TBD. There are specific assignment deadline dates within the set dates of the course.

Refund Policy: To receive a refund, students need to drop the course at through their student account portal before midnight (11:59PT) on the third day of the course. The refund of the course fee will be returned less a processing fee of 10% of the course tuition. No refunds will be issued after this deadline.

Enrollment Open Through:  The first day of class or until maximum enrollment has been met. If maximum enrollment has been met then please add yourself to the Waitlist.

International Career and College Readiness [COUN-X566] See details for more information 3 $1050
See details for more information
Online Fixed-Date

This online professional development course for International School Counselors focuses on career and college readiness, and providing students with access to opportunities and skills needed to be successful.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling [COUN-X567] 07 Jul 202328 Jul 2023 1 $350
07 Jul 202328 Jul 2023
Online Fixed-Date
Ana Maria Leon

This professional growth course for international school counselors focuses on applied theories and techniques that provide solution-focused counseling for the individual.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

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Online/In-Class Learning Information

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.


Enroll in this certificate program, by registering for the first course, COUN-X563.  The certificate fee is added to this first course. This is a cohort-based program where you will take each course after the other, in order.  Earn graduate level extension credit in semester hours from the University of San Diego.

What You Will Learn

Who Should Attend



Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

Why USD?

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