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New Program: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies: School Counseling

Beginning Spring 2023, NVU is excited to offer the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) program in School Counseling. This 27-credit program provides the skills and resources to support graduate students in developing competency in the myriad roles of a professional school counselor. The program is designed for individuals who currently hold a master’s degree in counseling or a related area. Through successful completion of required coursework, including fieldwork and internship, participants will be prepared to serve as School Counselors, Pre-K-12. The curriculum addresses the standards for School Counselors in VT as well as the standards from the American School Counselor Association.


Through Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s certificate of advanced graduate studies program, educators with a master’s degree may pursue advanced, in-depth study in a concentrated area of interest. An education CAGS program can be customized to address the current and pressing needs in content, methods, or policy. In collaboration with faculty and peers, participants design and conduct advanced inquiry projects to examine and resolve contemporary education problems. Currently, participants are studying topics such as co-teaching, personal learning plans, design thinking. and curriculum integration.

Unlike most CAGS, which typically start at 30 or 60 credits, education CAGS at NVU can be designed starting at 21 credits (that is, seven 3-credit classes). Courses are offered in a variety of modalities, including in-person, hybrid, off-site, etc.

For information about our CAGS programs and other opportunities for graduate and post-graduate study at NVU, contact Edward Bassett, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, at or 802.730.4880 (cell)/802.635.1244 (office).



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The knowledge and relationships I’ve gained from classes, professors, peers, friends and others I’ve met through the program will help me to continually grow…

– Anna Wadlington

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