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Play Therapy Certificate

The work of healing may begin with play.

Bethel’s Play Therapy Certificate offers graduate students and mental health professionals the education needed to serve their youngest clients with compassion and competence. The certificate program provides you with the opportunity to complete the educational requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist—specialized training that most mental health professionals don’t receive in their degree programs.

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Play Therapy Certificate | Bethel University

Bethel’s play therapy certificate is designed for students with busy lives who want to execute their goals and advance their careers. Featuring flexible schedules, hybrid courses, and experiential training, our certificate will empower you to offer specialized counseling services.

Delivery Blended
Location St. Paul
Credits 12
Tuition per Credit $582
Estimated Total Tuition $6,984*

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

Change the world. One child at a time.

Most degree programs don’t provide mental health professionals with the specialized education required to become a Registered Play Therapist. Bethel’s Play Therapy Certificate equips graduate students and mental health professionals to serve younger generations with compassion and competence.


10-year alumni who are involved in a leadership role


of recent graduates volunteer for charitable causes

- Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey


Unemployment rate of recent graduate alumni

- 2015 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey

Program Highlights

Experiential training

A highly experiential program offers unique courses taught face-to-face by expert instructors who are passionate about serving children well.

Experienced faculty

Program faculty are all Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors (RPT-S). They are well-known in the play therapy community and bring their experience and expertise to classroom learning.

Ethics-based teaching

Understand the professional and ethical issues inherent to your profession so you’re prepared to handle them appropriately.


Bethel's Play Therapy Certificate equips both graduate students and mental health professionals with the specialized training to serve younger generations with competence.


Learn how to:

  • Apply play therapy theories and approaches to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in play therapy assessment and techniques.
  • Apply ethical principles and ethical decision making to play therapy assessment and practice.
  • Develop sensitivity to cultural, religious, and spiritual diversity throughout the play therapy process. 


You could work in:

  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Social services
  • School-based therapy