International School Counseling Certificate - Hybrid

International School Counseling Certificate
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  • Application requirements: Online application, transcripts, minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Deadline(s): Spring Priority Deadline September 15 / Final Deadline November 15. Summer Priority Deadline January 15 / Final Deadline March 15. International applicants should apply by the summer priority deadline to allow time to receive a visa before the Summer Institute.
  • Course Requirements: 4 courses (12credits)
  • Typical Course Load: Fall (1 online course), Spring (1 online courses), Summer (2 face-to-face courses) which allows candidates to complete the program in one year.
  • Time to Completion: 1 year
  • Alumni Current Positions: Graduates work as teachers and counselors in international schools, and many go on to the Master's in International School Counseling program at Lehigh.


School counselors are vital to fostering healthy school environments so children can thrive. This program is designed for educators in international schools who want to advance their skills and knowledge to promote the social and emotional well-being of students inside and outside the classroom.

Lehigh’s innovative faculty teach educators how to help children with developmental issues within the context of an international setting in which children are navigating a culture different from their own.  Schools generally are seeing more children who are dealing with stress and mental health issues, and staff are frequently called on to be part of solutions to prevent problems from turning into something more critical. 

Lehigh’s International School Counseling students benefit not just from faculty expertise, but also in learning from—and networking with—each other about issues and strategies in school settings around the world. The program attracts a very diverse group of educators with a wide range of backgrounds who enrich the curriculum by sharing their experiences. 

The certificate program requires four courses for 12 credits. This hybrid program can be completed in a year, with two courses online and two in person at intensive summer institutes at locations in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Athens, Greece, in alternating years. 

The certificate course can be a springboard to Lehigh’s master’s degree in International School Counseling, with all 12 credits applied to the master’s program. Many students choose this option.  

Those seeking to apply for the certificate program should complete the online application and provide official transcripts for undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate degrees. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for undergraduate work. 

Certificate students can start the program in spring and summer, with priority deadlines of Sept. 15 for the spring semester and January 15 for the summer semester.

*Courses marked below with an * are offered in person on campus at Lehigh University (in odd years) and in Athens, Greece (in even years.) 


CPsy 436 Culture Centered Career Intervention 3
CPsy 442 Counseling & Therapeutic Approaches 3
CPsy 452* Current Issues in Counseling: Facilitating Healthy Adjustment 3
CPsy 453* Current Issues in Counseling: Building Healthy Communities 3