Play Therapy Adv Crt

Our play therapy program focuses on quality training and clinical application in the field. This certificate will enhance your knowledge and application of theories, philosophies, issues, processes and models of play therapy.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 15

Estimated Completion Time 1 Year


You will develop child-centered listening and communication skills necessary to include play therapy as part of your intervention repertoire. You can put your knowledge into practice by participating in a supervised internship in the field.

Becoming a Play Therapist

Oswego's program works with local counseling practices to ensure you get time working directly with professionals who are registered Play Therapists and also allows time for you to work directly with children.



Graduates of this program will distinguish themselves in the mental health-counseling field. Graduates are qualified to become Registered Play Therapists, Certified Child-Centered Play Therapists and Certified Child Psychotherapists through the Association for Play Therapy, National Institute for Relational Enhancement and Play Therapy International. Credits from this certificate may also be applied towards the mental health counseling degree program at Oswego.

Career Opportunities

  • Play therapist
  • Social worker
  • Family counselor

As soon as I took the intro to play therapy class, it changed my life. You learn so much about children and the culture of childhood. It teaches you a different way to think about kids.

Program Resources

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript

Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.

GPA of at least 3.0

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.

Statement of purpose

In 500 words or less, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. This statement will help the review team better understand and evaluate your application.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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