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Addictions Counseling Certificate

The Addiction Counseling Certificate course sequence is intended to prepare graduates for credentialing as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in Minnesota. It is an online program (with the exception of the internship), which affords working adults the greatest flexibility for full program participation. Students admitted to the program typically begin the course sequence starting fall semester; however, we do permit and encourage students to begin the program early, in Summer Session 2, with CE 555.

Students admitted to the Counselor Education program may complete the certificate track in addition to their counseling MS degree or students who have already completed their bachelor’s degree may apply for the certificate program without completing the MS requirements. If a student plans to become licensed in a state other than Minnesota, then they are advised to become familiar with the specific licensure requirements of the state in which they plan to practice.

The seven course, 21 credit curriculum prepares you for the Minnesota License Alcohol and Drug comprehensive examination and to become credentialed as a Board Certified Counselor. The program emphasizes personal and professional growth and development through a curriculum designed to enhance student understanding of self and others within an addiction counseling context, and to prepare students to apply for the Minnesota LADC credential. This certificate program provides academic and experiential training intended to prepare persons in counseling for chemical dependency counselor licensure.

Addiction Counseling Certificate graduates have gained employment working for adult and adolescent public and private addiction treatment centers; community mental health centers; correctional facilities; federal, state, or county agencies; clinics and hospitals; and in educational settings. 

Next Steps

1. Learn more.

Review the LADC licensure process and additional resources through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy website.

2. Apply to the program.  

Anyone wishing to take graduate level classes at WSU must be admitted either as a graduate degree seeking student, or a graduate special student. Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and who wish to enroll in a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses, but do not intend to pursue a Master's degree may register as graduate special students.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities that have any financial aid eligible programs that “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation” to disclose certain information, such as program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; and the number of students who have completed the program. A Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Addictions Counseling program is provided.