Contact Info

          School of Graduate Studies
          140 Butterfield Hall
          310 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2856
          Toll Free: (888) 845-2890
          Fax: (814) 732-2611

          Dr. Carolyn Treadon
          Program Director
          Phone: (814) 732-2421

          Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy

          Edinboro University’s nationally ranked Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy program trains current mental health practitioners in art therapy approaches and techniques to qualify them to apply for their Registered Art Therapist Credentials. The program focuses on art therapy practice, theory, assessment, ethics and professional functioning.

          Student working with professor

          Ranked as #8 in the nation by Nonprofit Colleges Online’s “Students Before Profits Award,” our Master of Arts in Counseling/Art Therapy online program is approved by the National Association of School of Art and Design (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation and meets the educational requirements, according to the ART Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), to qualify you for your registration as an Art Therapist (ATR). This program is designed to meet American Art Therapy Association (AATA) requirements; we will be applying for AATA approval after the required three graduating classes.

          The Masters in Counseling/Art Therapy Program is designed to provide the educational requirements for students who wish to pursue their national Art Therapy Credential (ATR) and their Pennsylvania Counselor License (LPC) following graduation. If a student outside of Pennsylvania wishes to pursue a counseling license after graduation, it is the student’s responsibility to verify with his/her state or country’s licensing agency whether or not the education provided by this University meets the state or country’s standards.

          Admission Requirements

          1. Complete the online application.
          2. Pay an application fee of $30.
          3. Provide an official transcript from each college or university at which undergraduate or graduate credit has been earned. Note: If you have not yet graduated, file a partial transcript at the time the application is completed and file a complete transcript as soon as the degree is awarded. Transcripts must be received directly from the issuing school and will not be accepted if “issued to student.”

          Individuals seeking admission as degree students in this program must comply with the following specific admission requirements for this program:

          1. Three letters of reference.
          2. Writing sample: Please address one of the following topics, limiting your response to a maximum of 500 words: Why you chose to be a counselor; or the most important characteristics of a counselor. Please include the following statement at the end of your writing sample: “I, print your name, certify the writing sample I have submitted is my own work, reflecting my own thoughts; that no part is plagiarized, and I did not receive assistance in completing the writing sample.” Follow with your signature and date.
          3. An interview is a requirement of the admission process and the Program Head will contact the applicant, once the application is complete. (Skype-type interviews may be arranged for online students.)
          4. A link to an online portfolio (ex. flickr, dropbox, snapfish) of 20 images of applicant’s art.
          5. Psychology Credits: (12) graduate or undergraduate credits in Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theories, and Developmental Psychology are preferred. Twelve credits must be taken before candidacy.
          6. Studio Art credits: (18) graduate or undergraduate credits in 2 and 3-D studio art areas. Twelve credits must be completed before art therapy courses may be taken. Six credits can be taken in the first year of the program, but must be finished before candidacy. Six credits can be done as portfolio approval.


          Students are strongly encouraged to contact their advisor immediately upon acceptance into the program, prior to registration for classes. The advisor and student together will devise a plan of study. We also recommend students meet with their advisors each semester before registering for the next semester since classes are offered on a rotating schedule. Advisors will assist students in determining an appropriate sequence of courses.

          See our Fact Sheet for more details. 

          Gainful Employment Information

          View the Gainful Employment information for estimated program costs, links to occupational programs, length of the program, program completion rate and additional program information.