2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Play Therapy Graduate Certificate

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: CRT
Department: Counselor Education and School Psychology
Program Websites: https://ccie.ucf.edu/counselored/

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy is housed within the Counselor Education program in the College of Community Innovation and Education.  The certificate program is designed to provide advanced training to students in the Counselor Education program and for practicing counselors and therapists working with children and adolescents.

The Play Therapy Graduate Certificate does not directly certify individuals in Play Therapy; however,  it can be listed as a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy as part of one’s credentials. The educational courses are designed toward credentials to be registered as a play therapist. Applicants should also contact the Association for Play Therapy to verify the courses needed to be registered as a play therapist.

The Play Therapy Graduate Certificate program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-Play-Therapy-GC-June2020.pdf.


The Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy requires 12 credit hours.

Total Credit Hours Required: 12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or those currently enrolled in or possessing a master’s degree in counseling or a related field. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.  The Play Therapy Certificate program admits twice per year in the spring and summer terms only.  

Individuals seeking national certification through the Association of Play Therapy Incorporated (APT) must obtain a master’s degree in counseling or a related field and possess a state license in Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Social Work. For additional play therapy certification requirements, please consult the APT website at www.a4pt.org.

Application Deadlines

Play Therapy Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants     Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Dalena Dillman Taylor PhD
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 407-823-6106
ED 322-R

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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