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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Counseling

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is an advanced 30-credit, post-master's program with a concentration in counseling and clinical supervision for counselors who wish to enhance those skills. Students develop individualized programs with specialized concentrations with their adviser's approval.

An applicant is required to have completed a master's degree in counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, submit a detailed resume or curriculum vitae, a statement of personal and career goals, graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation (Note: letters are not required for students currently enrolled in the School of Education's Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling master’s programs.) Eligible applicants will be invited for interviews with the admission committee.

Required Course (3 credits)

861.713 Advanced Treatment Approaches
This course explores a wide range of effective techniques and strategies in counseling and therapy, in the context of successfully treating various mental and emotional disorders. Approaches and procedures from such diverse models as psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, experiential, and systemic are explored, along with theories of change and research findings on effective counseling and therapy.


Twenty-seven credits with approval of an adviser. Recommended electives include:

863.880 Theory and Practice of Clinical Supervision
This course is a didactic and clinical study of supervision. The didactic component involves an orientation to the different conceptual frameworks and models of supervision; the context of the supervision relationship, including variables such as gender, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and religion; and the ethical, legal, and professional regulatory responsibilities of clinical supervisors. The clinical component includes the development of a supervisory contract, informed consent, documentation procedures, evaluation approaches, and structure for supervision sessions. Students practice supervision skills and strategies and techniques for doing individual and group supervision. (3 credits)
863.875 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This supervised internship in counseling includes both class instruction and either a 600- or 1000-hour internship. Students must register for this course in consecutive fall and spring semesters, as it is a two-semester course. (6-12 credits; taken over two semesters)

Gainful Employment Disclosure

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU School of Education is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment (GE) programs. To see the most recent data available for this GE program, please view the attached disclosure.

Note: In accordance with US Department of Education guidelines, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt figures published here were calculated based on the data for all 2013-14 program completers who graduated from Title IV eligible GE certificate programs sharing the 13.0101 Education, General CIP code: these data are not specific to this individual program. The on-time completion rate and program length are calculated using a set formula (based on guidelines provided by the US Department of Education). Many JHUSOE programs follow a format that falls outside the standard program length formula used by the US Department of Education for calculating program on-time completion rate. The JHU School of Education is seeking to change the CIP code currently assigned to this specific program to a more appropriate designation. The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program. The program costs are calculated based on the tuition and fees in effect for the 2014-15 academic year.


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