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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Educational Psychology & Counseling

Certificate in Parent-Child Specialization/Consultation

Program Advisor:

The Parent-Child Specialist/Consultant Certificate Program is designed for educators and human services professionals who want to:

  1. expand their knowledge of child development and parent-child interaction; and
  2. gain skills in intervention and consultation with parents,teachers,and child care providers to enhance the quality of adult-child interaction and prevent serious problems from developing in children.

The certificated parent-child specialist will be qualified to assist and support parents (including adoptive and foster parents)in effectively applying problem solving strategies to reduce stress on child and sibling relationships.

Requirements for Admission:

Applicants for the Certificate Program must hold a master's degree in early childhood education,child development, child mental health, counseling, psychology, family environmental sciences (emphasis on child development/family relations), social work, clinical pediatric nursing, or other relevant disciplines.

Applicants must have had at least one course in child development in the last 7 years and a minimum of two years of experience in working with children,parents or families.

Applicants must meet the University criteria for acceptance into master's programs.

Applicants may be reviewed by the Program Committee especially set up for this certificate program.

Certificate Program Requirements

The program consists of 24 units of coursework, laboratory and field experiences. Six of the 24 units may be transferred from applicable units earned prior to acceptance into the Certificate Program, subject to approval by the coordinator.

Before students are allowed to take any of the required courses, they are required to have taken at least one of the following two courses:

These courses may be counted as part of the 24 required units.

Certificates candidates will develop a learning plan jointly with the Certificate coordinator to assure that they will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills.

A limited number of applicants will be accepted. Evaluation and selection will be made by the Certificate Committee on the basis of academic background and experience.

The 15 units in the Required Courses (below),the core of the Certificate program,are required. The student may select the remainder of the courses from other courses with the approval of the coordinator.

REQUIRED COURSES (15 Units)

Applied Development, Assessment, and Consultation

ELECTIVES are to be selected in consultation with the coordinator

Development and Education Theory and Application

Counseling, Guidance and Consulting

SUGGESTED SEQUENCE OF COURSES*

*All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. This listing is providing for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice, and is not guaranteed to be correct or up-to-date. The student should consult the university catalog and program coordinator for further details and course descriptions.