Join us for Cohort 6: Fall 2019 to Summer 2020

Are you interested in improving your expertise to assist youth with disabilities as they pursue their careers? The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the University of Maryland offers a Graduate Certificate in Applied Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis on Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition. First course begins September, 2019

Application Deadline: 
Deadline for Fall admission is July 18, 2019.

Certificate Program Features
Course Sequence [click here]

  • One year academic program: 12 graduate credit hours, one online course at a time
  • Four dynamic courses filled with the latest in best practices 
  • Nationally recognized instructors and award-winning content 
  • Specifically designed for working professionals 
  • Courses may be transferred to relevant degree programs in rehabilitation and special education


For more information visit the graduate admission requirements webpage. Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines.  If you are unsure of your area of interest you may request information by submitting an Inquiry Form.  


  • Must be employed in an eligible special education, rehabilitation, or related program
  • Minimum of bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Completed application, application fee, and transcripts
  • Regular access to a computer, internet and email
  • For questions please email the program director, Dr. Ellen Fabian,

Scholarship Eligibility

We have a limited number of tuition scholarships  from the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living & Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)  for qualified candidates who are admitted to the Certificate Program. More information about tuition scholarships will be provided upon admission to the Certificate Program.  The University of Maryland values diversity in its students, faculty and staff, including age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and disability. 

Deadline for submitting Application - July 18, 2019

The first online class starts in September, 2019


    1. To Apply go to:
    2. Fill in:  Demographics
    3. Fill in:  Contact Information
    4. Fill in:  Educational Intent with the following information

    Term of Entrance:  Fall 2019 
    College/School: College of Education 
    Program of Study: Applied Counseling and Human Services ZO69 
    Degree: CERT GR 
    Statement of Purpose: Include your current position (title), agency, work or interest working with transitioning youth and your goals for the certificate program–1-3 paragraphs.  We do NOT need 1000-2000 words!

    Area of interest 1*: Not Applicable

    1. Fill In:  Previous Education: Enter ALL Institutions attended, undergraduate and graduate

    Upon admission to the program, you need to submit an official, sealed transcript. Mail to: 

    University of Maryland College Park 
    Enrollment Services Operation – Attn: Graduate Admissions
    Room 0130 Mitchell Building College Park, MD 20742

    1. Fill in: Personal Information
    2. Fill in:  Recommendations: Add a Provider - you need only ONE person to provide a recommendation. You MUST enter the email for the person who will provide your recommendation.
    3. Hit Submit Application   
    4. Pay the Applicant Fee of $75 (non-refundable)

    Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.  For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact:

    Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
    Office of Student Services, College of Education
    (301) 405-2359                  

    After you apply for graduate admission you may check your application status by logging into the online graduate application using your user name and password.  Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.  Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).  Please contact:

    Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
    Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
    (301) 405-8384

    Please contact the Office of Student Services,, or (301) 405-2364

    Academic advisement for graduate students is provided by the graduate faculty in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).   For advising information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Carol Scott at (301) 405-8384 or

    Dr. Ellen Fabian (

    Vidhi Trivedi  – Graduate Assistant (

    Jessica Katz - Graduate Assistant (



    Academic deadlines are provided by the Office of the Registrar for the academic year. Students should refer to the deadlines listed in Important Dates  prior to the beginning of the degree completion semester.  

    Students should check with their Department or Program for any deadlines it may have.  Please contact:

    Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
    Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
    (301) 405-8384


    Visit the Department of Counseling, High Education and Special Education program handbooks and forms page.

    The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 


    Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.


    Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.  Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required.    The forms for use by graduate students are available here.