Graduate Studies

Play Therapy
Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate
Expand your skill set to help children. SUNY Oswego’s Play Therapy post-baccalaureate advanced certificate program is designed to give you an authentic learning experience in play therapy, while helping you develop the children-specific communication skills needed to meet the growing need for play therapy professionals.
Advance your career

A play therapy certificate will distinguish you in the mental health counseling field. As a graduate of this program, you will qualify to become Registered Play Therapists and/or Certified Child-Centered Play Therapists and Certified Child Psychotherapists through the Association for Play Therapy, National Institute for Relational Enhancement and Play Therapy International.

Learn outside the classroom

You will be able to practice your skills outside the classroom through internship opportunities. The faculty’s strong relationships with agencies and schools allow you to work with credentialed play therapists that can lead to more opportunities and future job placement.

Internship and Licensure

Students may participate in an internship that will be supervised by an appropriately licensed health care staff member.

In addition, students interested in becoming licensed as a Play Therapist must meet New York state regulations for licensing.

Ready to apply?
Admission requirements
Official transcripts showing confirmation of a Bachelor's degree
GPA of at least 3.0
Purpose Statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego. Identify any particular area of interest within the program area you are applying to, your plans for future occupation or profession and any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Two letters of recommendation
Application deadline
Rolling admission
Length of program
15 credit hours
Credits from this program may count toward Oswego's Mental Health Counseling degree
Application Fee
$65 application fee
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Jahleh Mohammadi sits in the waiting area of a play therapy office.
The new play therapy graduate certificate offered at SUNY Oswego helped one graduate student find her passion and plan her future. Jahleh Mohammadi, a student in the mental health counseling program...