Certificate in International School Counseling

Be an effective counselor with culturally focused skills and sensitivities.

The Certificate in International School Counseling is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively provide counseling and develop school counseling programs in International Schools. Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of career, academic, and social-emotional counseling specifically focused on counselors wanting to and working in international schools. This program is ideal for: 

  • Candidates who wish to work or are employed as school counselors in international schools.
  • Recent graduates, career changers, aspiring counselors, and educators who wish to develop their competencies in the field of school counseling. 

The program allows candidates to pursue the program for graduate-level credit or for professional development.

Explore our digital resource, Graduate Certificate Programs at SOLES: Expand Your Reach, if you want to learn more about how a graduate certificate at SOLES can help you develop your expertise and increase your career potential.

Graduate-Level Credit

  • Earn 10 units of graduate-level credit, transferrable to USD's MA in Counseling, School Counseling program
  • Work with highly qualified professional faculty with advanced degrees and years of counseling experience
  • Conclude the program in a live course format held in San Diego or a regional foreign country
  • Cost: $1555 per unit
  • Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2022.

Apply for Graduate Credit: Due 6/30/2022

Professional Development

  • Earn a professional certificate from the University of San Diego
  • Enroll in three online courses and one in-person course (total of 10 units) completed over 1 year
    • Units are not transferrable to degree-granting programs
  • Work with highly qualified professional faculty
  • Cost: $340 per unit

Apply for Professional Development: Due 6/30/2022

Dr. Ian MartinIan Martin, PhD 

Dr. Ian Martin is an Associate Professor of Counseling at the University of San Diego where he teaches courses in school counseling and career development. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, he was a school counselor in Portland, OR. Dr. Martin has published and presented on such topics as program development, program evaluation, and policy within school counseling. He is very involved in curriculum design and is the author of the True Goals curriculum.

Recently, Dr. Martin has become increasingly involved in international school-based counseling. He has taught numerous international courses in South America, Europe, and the Caribbean; and was a visiting scholar at the University of Verona, Italy.

Dr. Martin is a Center Fellow at the Ronald R. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE), an Advisory Board member for the National Evidenced-Based School Counseling Conference, and a founding member of the International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation of School-Based Counseling (ISPRESC).

Courses at a glance

C = Classroom; OSP = Online Self-Paced




Cross-Cultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors (3 units)



Crisis and Trauma Prevention and Intervention in International School Counseling (3 units)




International College and Career Readiness (3 units)




Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling (1 unit)*




*Location determined during the fall semester based on the cohort's location and ability to travel

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What makes a graduate certificate worth it?
  • Can I complete the certificate online?
  • I am not a US resident, will this program qualify me for a student visa?
  • I am a current USD student, can I pursue the certificate?
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