Addictions Counseling Certificate

The WSU College of Education, Counselor Education Department, offers the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) Certificate program at the Winona State University-Rochester campus. 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.

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.

WSU-R Addiction Counseling Certificate graduates have gain 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 apply to 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.)

For questions concerning the Addictions Counseling Certificate Program, please contact: 

Mitch Moore, PhD
Assistant Professor
Coordinator of the Addictions Counseling Certificate Program

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. Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Addictions Counseling program is provided.