491C Pawley Hall
The Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy prepares individuals to be a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or a School Based-Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT). Includes instruction in child development, theories of personality, psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychopathology, and ethics
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
Submission of official or unofficial transcript of graduate degree or credits.
Completion or capstone enrollment in a graduate degree in a mental health discipline or commensurate graduate experience as determined by the Department of Counseling.
Essay (500 words establishing commitment and interest in the field of child and adolescent mental health and play therapy).
- School of Education and Human Services Supplemental Application
- Requirements for the recommendations
The Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms must be from those who can attest to the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study
- Copy of current (or most recent) teaching certificate or verification of pending certificate
- Goal statement, which includes the reason for application, the intended focus of graduate study, a description of professional experiences and accomplishments, and professional and career goals.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.
To be admitted to the graduate certificate program in full standing, the applicant must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0, but with an appropriate academic background and strong letters of recommendation, may be considered for admission in limited standing. Students who qualify for this admission classification must complete a maximum of 12 credits of graduate coursework with a grade of 3.0 or above in each course within the first three academic terms from the time of initial enrollment.