College Counseling

This seven-course, fully-online program provides the skills needed to guide high school students to college.

This program is perfect for...

  • High school college and career counselors who want to develop their professional competencies
  • High school guidance counselors who want to transition into the role of college counselor
  • Individuals who are interested in developing an independent college counseling practice
  • Teachers who want to be better informed about the options available for their students
  • College admissions personnel who want to become more familiar with high school processes and other institutions' protocols

What you can learn.

  • Explore the differences between guidance and college counseling, the college counselor's unique responsibilities, and available resources
  • Discover the fundamentals of financial aid, including types and sources of financial aid, how to apply, who is eligible, and how to use scholarship search services
  • Learn the college admissions process, including choosing a school, writing letters of recommendation, and determining admissions criteria
  • Become familiar with college counseling for groups of students with unique needs, such as those with learning disabilities, undocumented students, students who are members of the LGBT community, and transfer students

About this certificate.

The seven-course College Counseling Certificate is designed for teachers, career counselors, admissions personnel, and other professionals who want to develop their professional competencies or are interested in establishing an independent college counseling practice. This program is also ideal for college admissions professionals who want to help high school students identify postsecondary options.

This certificate program is offered 100% online.

For an introduction to the field of college counseling, see our four-course specialization, Fundamentals of College Counseling.

What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel the certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting the certificate


switched careers after completing the certificate program


recommend the certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
We recommend taking these courses in the following order: X414.81, X414.82, X414.90, X414.89, X414.84, X414.85.
EDUC X 414.89
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.90
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.81
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.82
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.85
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Students must complete one elective course.
EDUC X 414.80
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
EDUC X 414.96
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.98
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 414.99
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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