As of Spring 2017, the Children's Mental Health for School Professionals certificate has suspended admission. This means that unless you have been accepted into this certificate program prior to Spring 2017, you will not be able to earn the certificate. The following information is provided solely for the benefit of students accepted into the Children's Mental Health for School Professionals certificate prior to Spring 2017.

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.


  • Post baccalaureate: Minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA, submit undergraduate transcripts and letter of intent.
  • Current graduate students: minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; submit current transcript and letter of intent.
  • Post graduate: submit graduate transcript and letter of intent.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted into a certificate program.

Credits and Courses

15 graduate credits as follows:

ED PSY 710Child and Adolescent Mental Health Issues in Schools3
ED PSY 711Cultural Context of Children's Mental Health3
ED PSY 712Mentally Healthy Classroom and School Environments3
ED PSY 713Mental Health Needs in Urban Environments3
COUNS 805Consultation Strategies for Counselors and School Psychologists (or approved alternative)3
Total Credits15

The certificate is conferred on completion of all courses with a grade of B or better.

Additional Requirements

Transfer Credit

No credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM.

Grade Point Average Requirement

A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in PhD programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

  • 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.