School-Based Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program

Get Specialized Training To Provide School-Based Mental Health Services

Alliant offers a Graduate Certificate program in School-Based Mental Health designed to provide master’s level practitioners with the education, training and exposure necessary to conduct culturally-informed counseling within K-12 schools. This school psychology certificate program and its faculty recognize that school environments require a specific knowledge base and professional practice for professionals to best provide effective student mental health services, including brief, short-term, group and individual counseling.

The philosophy at the foundation of this school mental health certificate program emanates from the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) conceptualization of school-based mental health. School-based mental health focuses primarily on:

  • Building skills
  • Assessing deficits
  • Preventing problems
  • Nurturing strengths among culturally and ethnically diverse preschoolers, school-age children and adolescents

Prospective applicants to Alliant’s school-based mental health graduate certificate program may include school psychologists, school counselors, MFTs and LCSWs.

Program Overview

  • 22 units (18 units if taken concurrently with Alliant’s Master of Arts in School Psychology program, or for alumni of that program)
  • A cohort model with admission each Fall semester
  • Full program completion in two years
  • Late afternoon, evening and/or weekend classes for working adults
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio


  • Four California locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Francisco

Admission Terms

  • Fall term only (review application deadlines and our rolling admissions policy on our admissions page)

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree in an approved field, such as school psychology, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work and more
  • Application
  • Interview
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, academic instructors, volunteer coordinators or other professional and/or academic relationships
  • CV/Resume
  • 2-4 page personal essay including autobiographical statement, professional aspirations, accomplishments and any relevant experience working with children and adolescents
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited university (degrees in progress are acceptable) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (GPA exemptions may be granted)
  • $65 application fee