Non-Matriculated Courses for Permanent Certification in School Counseling

Students may take the following 4 non-matriculated courses to achieve permanent certification in School Counseling through the Individual Evaluation Pathway.

(These courses are only acceptable for students who began their 48-credit Master’s degree in School Counseling prior to September 1st, 2021 and who received their provisional certification prior to February 1st, 2023.  This pathway will only remain open until February 1st,  2027.)  The courses acceptable for certification are: 

SpEd 645 – Teaching Students with Learning disabilities 

SpEd 556 – Introduction to Inclusive Schooling and Development 

SpEd 542 – Collaboration and Advocacy with Schools and Families

SpEd 671 – Assessing and evaluating Students with Disabilities

These courses will be offered online.  Each course costs $745, students are required to put down $195 Deposit in order to reserve your spot. All students must have a camera on their computer to be registered for these course, and the webcam must be on as required by the instructor. 

* As with all Individual Evaluation Pathway Courses, students are responsible for verifying that these courses meet their certification needs.   Students should always contact their district office (Long Island/Westchester schools) or the UFT/NYCDOE Certification Office for verification.   Individual Evaluation Pathway certification extensions only work with valid, current certifications.  In addition, state tests and additional workshop like DASA may be required if they have not applied for any certification since January 1st, 2014.   Please visit for further information. 

How do I get permanent school counselor certification?

1.      To get your PERMANENT school counselor certification, do these 4 steps:

1.      Take these 4 courses

2.      Work as a school counselor for 2 years;

3.      Take your DASA certification (Dignity for All Students Act workshop) if you haven’t done so

4.      Go through NY State’s Individual Evaluation Pathway certification application

5.      Students MUST have began their 48-Credit Master’s degree in School Counseling PRIOR to September 1st, 2021 and have completed their 48-credit Maser’s degree in School Counseling prior to 2/1/23.   

(If you started you Master’s degree in School Counseling after September 1st, 2021 you will not be able to use the individual evaluation pathway to complete your 60-credits.) 

CITE also offers an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling which allows you to achieve permanent certification if you complete the entire 18-credit program.  Please visit this page for more information.

Courses are online. All students must have a camera on their computer to be registered for these course, and the webcam must be on as required by the instructor.