What are the benefits of obtaining this certificate?/How will this help me in my current position?
- This certificate will allow school-based mental health professionals (SBMHPs) to learn the most current and relevant research to enhance their practice. They will learn cutting-edge skills that will make them more effective with students, teachers, and parents. The 15 credits earned through the program may qualify them for a higher salary in their districts. And perhaps most importantly, they will be part of a dynamic school mental health learning community that will help them become recognized leaders in school mental health.
How many credits is the program? How long will it take to complete?
- There are 15 total credits for the program to be completed online with the exception of an Education Immersion weekend (held over a 3-day Summer weekend at Loyola’s campus). The 15 credits include 2 required online integrative seminar classes (3 credits each); each integrative seminar class lasts the duration of 1 year. The other 9 credits include 3 courses in school mental health (3 credits each).
Students can choose to take classes one at a time (the “a la carte” option) or complete the entire 15 credits within a two-year full-time timeframe. Students who choose the “a la carte” option will have 5 years to complete the program.
What is the total tuition?
- At present, Loyola graduate tuition is $930.00 per credit hour. Students can take classes at their own pace with each 3-credit course costing $2,790.00. Total cost for the program will be $13,950.00.
Am I eligible for financial aid?
- At present, this program doesn’t qualify for financial aid. Many school districts offer partial tuition reimbursement as professional development. Please check with your district to see if this program qualifies.
When is the deadline to apply? When does the program start?
- Applications for the ASMHPP are due December 1st. All admitted applicants will start classes in mid-January.
What is the schedule for the program? Do I have to attend class sessions online or in-person at specific times?
- Students will complete 1 Integrative Seminar course with Dr. Kelly each year (2 in total). The Integrative Seminars will start in mid-January and run bi-weekly until mid-December. Classes will meet online using Adobe Connect technology, though all students will be required to be online at the same time with Dr. Kelly. All other classes will also be held online and students will be able to take these courses at their own pace over the course of a semester in Fall, Spring, or Summer. Note: the only other in-person required course experience the Special Topics Course Education Immersion Weekend, held during a Summer 3-day weekend on Loyola’s Campus.
I have a Master’s degree in something other than social work, but currently work in a school. Am I eligible to apply?
- Yes. Eligible students must have a master’s degree in one of the following areas: school/community counseling, school psychology, social work, school nursing, special education, and/or education. Along with the master’s degree, you are required to be employed in a school during your time in the ASMHPP.
If I live out-of-state, can I still complete the program?
- Yes. Almost all of the program can be done using a computer with an internet connection. The only required in-person time is one summer weekend (3 days) for the Education Immersion Weekend.
What qualifies as proof of current employment in a school setting?
- You will need to provide a letter from your agency or district’s Human Resources department confirming that you are working at least part-time in or for a school district.
Can I enroll in one of the classes offered with the certificate but not complete the entire certificate program?
- Yes, you can take each class as a standalone course. However, you will only have 5 years to complete the certificate, and you will be asked to confirm your plans of completing the certificate after having taken 3 ASMHPP classes.