Advanced Studies Certificate
Designed as a pathway for experienced school counselors to complete the educational requirements to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa. Earn your Advanced Studies Certificate from an accredited institution. 

This program is for students holding a master's degree in school counseling from a CACREP-accredited program.

  • Summer 2023 cohort is full
  • Next cohort begins: Summer 2024
Mental Health Counseling (ASC)


Entirely Online | 18 Credits
  • Cohort offered every summer — build a network and study with the same group for the duration of the program (4 semesters of courses, internships, and practicum) 
  • Gain extensive training from an accredited institution in brain-based, evidence-based, and holistic mental health counseling interventions
  • Learn mental health diagnosis, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology
  • Understand rural culture and changing demographics within this population

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As a UNI Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation, and much more.

Darcie Davis-Gage

Darcie Davis-Gage
Program Coordinator
School of Applied Human Sciences

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Jamie Anderson
Enrollment Contact


Licensure & Certification Requirements by State:

For further information about whether or not this program meets the licensing requirements in your state, please contact your state board (a list of state agencies can be found here). 

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Delivered Entirely Online

Courses are offered entirely online via Zoom and Blackboard, dynamic platforms that will enhance your learning experience and sense of community with fellow classmates. Courses will meet Tuesday evenings via a combination of synchronous and asynchronous meetings times.

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Our graduates are prepared to:
  • Gain skills related to mental health diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Serve the mental health needs of your school and community
  • Improve access in rural mental health services
  • Utilize skills related to developmental theory and wellness and prevention practices
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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the UNI Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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To be admitted, students must have:

  • A master's degree in school counseling from a CACREP-accredited program
  • 2 years post master's counseling experience

Along with the application, students must submit: 

  •  An Applicant Statement - In your statement, please respond to the following:
    • Share an example of a time when you demonstrated flexibility.
    • What skills and abilities do you bring to the certification program that makes you a good candidate?
    • What made you decide to apply for this program and how will gaining this certificate serve the mental health needs of your community?
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (with one from an individual familiar with your counseling skills)
  • A masters in school counseling from a CACREP accredited program (CACREP - Directory)
  • 2 years post master's counseling experience
  • Official graduate degree transcripts, sent directly to the UNI Office of Admissions

NOTE: CCE transcript review through the Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences is required prior to starting classes. The review application can be accessed here.



Next Steps

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Our team of support staff is available to help you throughout your UNI journey.

Contact us at 319-273-7206 or for assistance!

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The Clinical Mental Health Counseling ASC is delivered through the UNI School of Applied Human Sciences department. Learn more about the department, faculty, and program offerings.

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.