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Play Therapy Graduate Certificate

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Make an Impact in the Lives of Children

Build on your ability to make a lasting difference for children. With Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy, you’ll explore the theory, methodology, and applications of play therapy. Our courses are developed and led by expert faculty—all of whom are registered play therapists or registered play therapist supervisors.

This certificate addresses the core academic content areas required by the Association of Play Therapy to earn its Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and/or Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials. 

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses

Classes Start January 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Gain Foundational Knowledge

Explore the core systems of play therapy and learn about play therapy techniques, models, and applications.

Learn Best Practices

Understand experientially based supervision practices in filial play therapy and individual and group play therapy.

Embrace Diversity

Gain knowledge of developmental and multicultural considerations, plus ethical and legal issues for diverse populations.

Apply What You’re Learning

Find new ways to apply the theory and methodology of play therapy.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned

Covers core academic content areas required by the Association of Play Therapy to earn RPT and/or Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials.

Relevant & Applicable

Our competency-based learning model allows you to immediately apply valuable skills to the work you do every day.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn play therapy theory, methodology, and applications from registered play therapists or registered play therapist supervisors.

Learn in a Flexible, Engaging Online Learning Environment 

You‘ll have access to your courses anytime, anywhere, on any device. And because there are no set class times, you can set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$12,815 estimated tuition*
$485 per credit, 25 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The curriculum in Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy focuses on systems, techniques, models, and applications, as well as developmental, multicultural, ethical, and legal issues associated with play therapy. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY5244 Play Therapy 1: The History and Systems of Play Therapy
PSY5246 Play Therapy 2: Theories and Practices of Play Therapy
PSY5248 Filial Play Therapy
PSY5250 Play Therapy Supervision Practices
PSY5252 Applications of Play Therapy

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

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