Counselor Education Program (MA, PhD)

Chemical Dependency Counseling Undergraduate certificate

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Program Highlights

  • 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

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

To qualify for 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 licensure only. Applicants for licensure also must pass a state examination and complete between 1,000 and 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.

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.


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.



  • COUN 1240 - 3 cr.
    Sub Abuse Issues

  • Total Credit Hours = 3


  • COUN 2220 - 3 cr.
    Family & Cultural Influence
  • HEAL 3300 - 3 cr.
    Drug Awareness
  • Total Credit Hours = 6


  • COUN 2120 - 4 cr.
    Group & Therapeutic Appr
  • COUN 3140 - 3 cr.
    Sub Abuse Prev & Comm
  • Total Credit Hours = 7


  • COUN 3150 - 3 cr.
    Models of Trtm Sub Abuse
  • COUN 4240 - 3 cr.
    Sub Abuse Treatment
  • Total Credit Hours = 6



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Last Updated: 9/27/22