Counselor Education Program (MA, PhD)

Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate


The Chemical Dependency Counselor certificate program is designed to help students meet the academic requirements for Ohio licensure as an Ohio Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II or an Ohio Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III. Students must have either a degree or be working toward completion of a degree. To qualify for Ohio licensure as an LCDC II, students must have completed an associate degree in a behavioral science (e.g., psychology, social work, etc.) or a bachelor's degree in any subject.

To qualify for Ohio licensure as an LCDC III, students must have completed a bachelor's degree in a behavioral science. The CDC certificate program meets the academic requirements for Ohio licensure only. Applicants for Ohio licensure also must pass a state examination and complete 2,000 clock-hours of work experience. Students are urged to contact the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board at 614.387.1110 for details regarding applying for either the LCDC II or LCDC III.


  • Meets academic requirements for employment as a chemical dependency counselor
  • Opportunity to work with diverse client populations
  • Can be completed as part of a minor in counseling
  • Does not require a master's degree to be licensed

Curriculum for the Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling Program


FALL: Year 1

SPRING: Year 1



COUN 1240
Sub Abuse Issues

3 CR




COUN 2120
Group & Therapeutic Appr



4 CR


COUN 3000
Cultural Competence in the Helping Professions


3 CR



COUN 3140
Sub Abuse Prev & Comm



3 CR


HEAL 3300
Drug Awareness


3 CR



COUN 3150
Models of Trtm Sub Abuse




3 CR

COUN 4240
Sub Abuse Treatment




3 CR






Program Admission Requirements

Admission to this program requires that the applicant be either:

  • An undergraduate student in good standing at The University of Toledo, or
  • Accepted to UToledo under current policies for new, transfer, readmit and transfer readmit students.

Certificate students are subject to the College of Health and Human Services general education requirements.

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in the certificate courses and may not earn grades below C.

Certificate program students are subject to the same academic policies and procedures as any other student at The University of Toledo.

All certificates are issued by The University of Toledo, with documentation noted on the student’s transcript.

Careers in the Field

Chemical dependency counselors help people who have problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling and eating disorders. They counsel individuals to help them identify behaviors and problems related to their addictions. Counseling can be done on an individual basis, but is frequently done in a group setting and can include crisis counseling, daily or weekly counseling, or drop-in counseling.

Chemical dependency counselors are trained to assist in developing personalized recovery programs that help establish healthy behaviors and provide coping strategies. Often, these counselors also work with family members affected by the addictions of their loved ones. Some counselors conduct programs and community outreach aimed at preventing addiction and educating the public. Counselors must be able to recognize how addiction affects the entire person and those around him or her.

Employment is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be favorable because job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs, especially in rural areas.

Last Updated: 8/30/22