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Career and Workforce Development

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Building on the expert leadership of our nationally recognized faculty, we offer a practical certificate program in Career and Workforce Development that prepares career practitioners to assist students, workers, employers and retirees navigate the challenges that are inherent in a global workplace.

In the past fifty years, the demands on our workforce, educational systems and employers have changed dramatically. The recent economic crisis highlights the interconnectedness of our global economy and challenges us to provide workers with access to high-level career development resources, mental health counseling and dedicated career counseling.


  • Career Counseling
  • Career Development and the Contemporary Workforce
  • Systems in Career Counseling
  • Advanced Career Counseling

Program Details:

  • 12 credit hours
  • Four courses can be completed in two consecutive semesters
  • Coursework includes classroom-based instruction, site visits, and project-based assignments
  • Offered on the GW Foggy Bottom Campus beginning in Spring 2010


Pat Schwallie-Giddis, PhD, Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Career and Workforce Development  
Chair, Department of Counseling/Human and Organizational Studies & Associate Professor of Counseling  
President of the National Career Development Association (2009-2010) 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – March 1

Spring – September 1

Summer – February 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. View a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.

Additional requirements:

A resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.9283 or 800.4GW.SEHD ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday