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Addiction and Trauma Graduate Certificate


Offered through South Carolina State University’s Center for Online and Distance Education (CODE), the Certificate in Addiction and Trauma is a graduate program designed to meet the growing demands within the counseling field. 

The program is targeted to working professionals who hold bachelor’s degrees in counseling, psychology, social work, or related fields and are interested in becoming certified in addiction counseling or furthering their career endeavors. 

The curriculum focuses on evidence-based addiction education to equip professionals with the knowledge to provide the highest quality counseling to individuals dealing with substance abuse, addiction and trauma. 

How will I learn?

The curriculum consists of 18 semester credit hours and classes are offered fully online, in 8-week semester terms instead of the traditional 15-week term.  This condensed semester format allows students to potentially complete the entire certificate program within one year.  

The online delivery format combined with the eight-week semester term is especially attractive to working professionals who are seeking the convenience of online delivery and a reduced time to completion. The tuition rate for the program is the same for both in-state and out-of-state residents, making the program competitive on a nationwide basis.


  • EDRC 510- Introduction to Addiction Counseling

  • EDRC 521- Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

  • EDRC 522- Co-Occurring Disorders

  • EDRC 523 – Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Recovery Counseling

  • EDRC 524 – Theories and Models for Addictions

  • EDRC 527 – Current Issues and Trends in Addictions and Trauma Counseling

Why SC State? 

SC State has a reputable Vocational Rehabilitation program with highly qualified faculty.  The program prepares graduates in the field of vocational rehabilitation counseling.  By offering the certificate program, SC State is responding to the increasing workforce demands in the field of counseling. CODE’s online delivery format allows the department to expand access to educational opportunities and meet the unique needs of working professionals.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester 

May 31

Oct. 31

April 1


Contact Us

Michelle L. Priester
Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling
Department of Human Services
Bettina Mozie
Executive Director
Center for Online and Distance Education (CODE)
803- 536-7021