Requirements for School Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Licensure

Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title IV approved institution. Additionally, the OSU Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) and PhD of Counseling (PhD.Coun.) programs are professionally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP).

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and U.S. Department of Education regulations, Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure requirements for School Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Counselor within each of the U.S. states and territories.

To ensure success, if the intent is to secure the initial counseling licensure in a state other than Oregon, then before beginning the degree program we recommend formal confirmation be obtained from the appropriate governing agency within the state(s) to which you intend to be licensed in order to confirm that an OSU M.Coun or PhD.Coun degree meets the educational requirements for state licensure. This is due to the fact that not all states recognize degrees from other states in the same manner, especially when licensure has not been previously obtained. Once confirmed, state licensure requirements should be checked regularly throughout the degree program to ensure ongoing eligibility. To help facilitate this, direct links to governing agencies have been provided wherever possible.

Using the dropdown lists below, a checkbox identifies which educational requirement(s) the OSU M.Coun. and PhD.Coun. degrees meet. Whereas, an unchecked box means that these degrees either do not meet or it cannot be confirmed that they meet the educational requirement(s) for licensure. In either instance, the information provided should be used as a general guideline and not an official publication.

(Note: While Oregon State University strives to ensure the following information is current and accurate, human error may occur and/or state requirements may change or be updated without our knowledge. Last revised October 17, 2019.)

School Counselor

Alabama

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Hold a valid Alabama Professional Educator or Professional Leadership Certificate, may speak with the certification officer at an Alabama college or university about completing a School Counseling State-approved program; OR

  • (Option 2) The Provisional Certificate in School Counseling approach is a two-year alternative that requires certain degree/certificate prerequisites are met and involves the completion of testing and on the job training. These certificates must be requested by an employing Alabama county/city superintendent or eligible nonpublic/private school administrator. An individual should contact the school system or eligible nonpublic/private school in which employment is desired for information concerning eligibility requirements; OR
  • (Option 3) Master's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited college or university that also an approved  program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) may meet requirements for Alabama certification in school counseling. (While OSU's program is CACREP certified, it may meet only a portion of Alabama's requirements; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).; OR
  • (Option 4) Hold a valid School Counseling National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certificate may meet the requirements for Alabama certification in school counseling; OR

  • (Option 5) Hold a valid professional educator certificate issued by another state, the District of Columbia, a United States Territory, or the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) may wish to apply for Alabama certification through Certificate Reciprocity. Additionally, other ancillary requirements (e.g. background clearance, testing, etc.) must be met.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Alabama Department of Education.

Alaska

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education within the subject areas of option 1 or 2 below;

  • (Option 1) Completion of a teacher education program, or an alternate teacher preparation program accepted by the board or the commissioner with an endorsement in school counseling; OR

  • (Option 2) Completion of a counseling program.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

American Somoa

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • TBD

  • TBD

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the TBD.

Arizona

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in guidance and counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Completion of a supervised counseling practicum in school counseling, OR

  • Two years of verified full-time experience as a school counselor, OR

  • Three years of verified full-time teaching experience.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Arizona State Department of Education.

Arkansas

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling and guidance from an accredited institution of higher education that includes a minimum of 33 semester (50 quarter) hours.

  • Required Coursework: a minimum of 9 semester (14 quarter) hours of practicum experience with individuals and groups. (OSU’s program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Arkansas Department of Education.

California

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (for in-state prepared)

Special 'Out-of-State Prepared' requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, except in professional education, from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Complete a professional preparation program of post Baccalaureate degree study consisting of a minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours specializing in school counseling, including a supervised field experience with school-age children. Programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) meet this requirement.

Experiential Requirements (in-state vs out-of-state prepared)

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

Colorado

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (option 1)

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling and guidance from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Minimum of 100 clock-hour practicum; AND

  • Minimum of 600 clock-hour internship, with multiple grade levels of students under the supervision of a licensed school counselor.  (While OSU’s program does qualify for the 600-hours of internship, it may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Education.

Connecticut

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in a program specific to school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of graduate credit in specific content areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance); AND

  • Evidence of a progression of supervised laboratory and practicum experiences in school counseling (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance); AND

  • A course of study in special education comprised of not fewer than 36 clock hours, which shall include study in understanding the growth and development of exceptional children, including handicapped and gifted and talented children and children who may require special education, and methods for identifying, planning for and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Connecticut Department of Education.

Delaware

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in elementary or secondary school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Reference 14 DE Admin Code 1510 Issuance of Initial License to determine qualifications based on regulations and individual circumstances. 

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Delaware Department of Education.

District of Columbia

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master's degree or higher in school counseling education from an approved licensure program; OR

  • Master's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Required Coursework: in specific subject matter areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

  • (Option 2) Master's degree or higher in school counseling from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP); AND

  • Completion of 300-hours of supervised school-based field, practicum or internship experience as part of the degree program.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the District of Columbia’s Public Schools.

Florida

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master's degree or higher in guidance and counseling or counselor education from an accredited institution of higher education that includes 3 semester (5 quarter) hours in a supervised counseling practicum in an elementary or secondary school; OR

  • (Option 2) Master's degree or higher in guidance and counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that includes 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of graduate credit in guidance and counseling to include specific areas; AND

  • Required Coursework: (for Option 2 only) - 3 semester (5 quarter) hours in various subject matter areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Education.

Georgia

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

Contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission directly to confirm how an OSU Master's in Counseling for School Counselors degree meets educational requirements for licensure.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Guam

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (initial)

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP); and

  • 90 hours of supervised field based counseling experience in K-12 settings.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Guam Commission for Educator Certification (GCEC).

Hawai'i

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

Contact the Hawai'i Department of Education directly to confirm how an OSU Master's in Counseling for School Counselors degree meets educational requirements for licensure.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Hawai'i Department of Education.

Idaho

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and an official transcript.

  • Institutional recommendation verifying state-approved School Counselor Program that includes verification of 700 hours of practicum in K-12 counseling and time in elementary, middle and high school.

  • Accredited by CAEP / NCATE / TEAC (OSU's program is NCATE accredited).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Idaho State Department of Education.

Note: certification for School Counselor in Idaho falls under the category of 'certificate for pupil service staff.'

Illinois

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Required Coursework: subject matter from various specific content areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

  • Completion of a supervised counseling practicum of at least 100-clock hours that includes at least 40-hours of direct service work. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Illinois State Board of Education.

Indiana

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling or related field from an accredited institution of higher education.

Note: additional education or training may be required depending on individual circumstances. Please review the information found on the Indiana State Board of Education website and contact them directly for confirmation.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Indiana State Board of Education.

Iowa

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Completion of a professional service license program specific to an education setting. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Kansas

School Counseling (for initial out-of-state)

Educational Requirements

Contact the Kansas State Department of Education directly to confirm how an OSU Master's in Counseling for School Counselors degree meets educational requirements for licensure when licensure is not already held from another state.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Kansas State Department of Education.

Kentucky

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

The EPSB's Division of Certification or Division of Educator Preparation cannot "pre-approve" the use of an out-of-state online program for use by Kentucky's educators. Kentucky citizens are advised that out-of-state online programs are regulated by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). Consult CPE's web site about CPE's licensure requirements. No online programs located outside of Kentucky are currently accredited to offer education programs in Kentucky.

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has the authority to license online programs originating from outside the state, but operating in Kentucky pursuant to KRS 164.947 (scroll to sub-section 947). A college must have a license from CPE to operate in Kentucky.

However, while OSU's program is approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE) it is not formally approved by Kentucky's CPE. Therefore, since it is NCATE and regionally accredited, Kentucky's EPSB can review the licensure application the same way it would review any other for a rank change and certification.

For this purpose, please consult with the Kentucky agencies listed here for confirmation and acceptance.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Kentucky Department of Education.

Louisiana

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (for ancillary certificate)

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); AND

  • Counseling practicum completed in a school setting.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Louisiana Department of Education.

Maine

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Maine Department of Education.

Maryland

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree or higher in school guidance or counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) certificate and two years of satisfactory performance as a teacher or counselor in a school setting; OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree or higher in school guidance or counseling from an accredited institution of higher education in a program approved using State approved standards (under COMAR 13A.07.06.01); and two years of satisfactory performance as a teacher or counselor or 500 clock hours in a supervised practicum in school guidance and counseling; OR

  • (Option 3) Master’s degree or higher in school guidance or counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); OR

  • (Option 4) Master’s degree or higher in school guidance and counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that is an approved program under the Interstate Contract agreement for support services and 2 years of satisfactory performance as a teacher or counselor.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Maryland State Department of Education.

Massachusetts

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (for initial license)

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that includes a practicum of 450 hours in an educational setting.

  • Required Coursework: subject matter knowledge as outlined in the Subject Matter Guidelines. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Michigan

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (for out-of-state applicants)

  • (Option 1) Master's degree or higher in a school counselor educator program from an accredited institution of higher education, or an equivalency, that includes an internship in a school setting; OR

  • (Option 2) Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education AND has successfully worked out-of-state as a school counselor 5 out of the immediately preceding  years, plus hold a valid school counselor certificate/license issued by another state.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Michigan Department of Education.

Minnesota

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (tier 2 or 3 license as per 8710.6400)

  • (Tier 2) Master's degree or higher in school counseling, or equivalent subject, from an accredited institution of higher education.

  • (Tier 3) Master's degree or higher in school counseling, or equivalent subject, from an accredited institution of higher education and is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

Mississippi

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (Five Year Educator License; pg. 48 of 2019 guide)

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree or higher in guidance and counseling from an accredited institution of higher education and hold an active five-year educator license; OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree or higher in another area from an accredited institution of higher education AND completion of an approved program for guidance and counseling (with a year internship in school counseling) AND scoring a passing score on the Praxis II; OR

  • (Option 3) Master’s degree or higher in guidance and counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that includes a full year internship; OR

  • (Option 4) Hold a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) credential issued by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Mississippi Department of Education.

Missouri

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (for student services areas)

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Possess a valid professional Student Services certificate from the state to which the degree was obtained.

Missouri guidelines when obtaining a student services degree outside the state:
"An applicant who completed a student services degree program in another state and possesses a valid professional Student Services certificate in that state may be granted a Missouri certificate in an area most closely aligned to the certification if Missouri issues such certificate. If an educator is completing or has completed a student services program in another state (either on campus or online), it would be beneficial to obtain that state's certificate whether one plans to reside in that state or not. In most cases, a Missouri certificate is issued with no further coursework or test requirements."

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Montana

School Counseling

Educational Requirements (class 6 specialist)

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and includes an internship in a school setting of 600 hours; OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education that includes an internship in a school setting of 600 hours.  

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Montana Office of Pubic Instruction.

Nebraska

School Counseling

Educational Requirements (endorsement)

  • Master's degree or higher in counseling with a specialization in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that includes a minimum of 36 semester (54 quarter) hours; AND

  • A minimum of 100 clock hours of school counseling field experiences prior to internship; AND

  • A school counseling internship with a minimum of 450 clock hours of internship at the grade levels of he endorsement; AND

  • Required Coursework: a minimum of 12 additional semester (18 quarter) hours in specific content areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Nebraska Department of Education.

Nevada

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education and a specialty credential as a national certified school counselor (NCSC) issued by the National Board for Certified Counselor (NBCC); OR

  • (Option 2) Masters degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that includes 600 hours of practicum, internship or field experience in school counseling at any grade level in K-12 and meets the 'required coursework' below; OR

  • (Option 3) Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that includes 600 hours of practicum, internship or field experience in school counseling at any grade level in K-12, has at least 2 years of teaching experience or at least 2 years of school counseling experience and meets the 'required coursework' below.

  • Required Coursework: (Option 2 and 3) a minimum of 36 semester (45 quarter) hours in specific content areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the State of Nevada Department of Education.

New Hampshire

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (under alternative 2 for pathways to certification)

  • (Option A) Masters degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the New Hampshire Department of Education.

New Jersey

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (educational services certificate; code 2702)

  • Master’s or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Required Coursework: A minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hour credits in specific content areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the New Jersey Department of Education Certification and Induction.

New Mexico

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master's degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that includes 36-42 semester (54-63 quarter) credits and a practicum in a school setting; OR

  • (Option 2) Licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) or licensed professional clinical mental health counselor (LPCC) credential issued by the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board and a minimum of 6 semester (9 quarter) hours of graduate credit in school counseling coursework.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department.

New York

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (pupil personnel services; provisional for indiv.)

  • (Pathway: Individual Evaluation) Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education that includes a minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of approved graduate study in the field of school counseling and a supervised internship in a school setting.

  • Required Coursework: Completion of the following three NYSED workshops: Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, and Dignity For All Students Act.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the New York State Department of Education.

North Carolina

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Public Schools of North Carolina State Board of Education.

North Dakota

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in education, counseling, or a related human service field from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Required Coursework: subject matter in specific content areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

Northern Mariana Islands

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • TBD

  • TBD

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the TBD

Ohio

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (pupil services license; 5-yr)

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution of higher education.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Education.

Oklahoma

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Oregon

School Counseling

Requirements (preliminary licensure)

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Master's degree or higher in counseling, education, or related behavioral sciences from an accredited (or foreign equivalent) institution of higher education; AND

  • Complete an initial program in school counseling as part of the Master's degree or separately in an approved school counseling program; AND

  • Pass the required "Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment (Oregon)" exam*; AND

  • Pass a criminal background clearance, including fingerprints, if necessary.

The OSU - Master's in Counseling degree includes all of the above criteria.  Upon completion, individuals will have met the qualifications necessary to apply for state 'preliminary school counselor' licensure in Oregon.

(*) The exam is extended (as a part of the OSU program) when individuals are intending to obtain licensure within Oregon.

For more information, visit the State of Oregon - Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and the TSPC License Guide (see 'personnel' category).

Pennsylvania

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (out-of-state educators)

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Student teaching/internship/practicum or field experience; AND

  • Required Coursework: subject matter in specific content areas. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Puerto Rico

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • TBD

  • TBD

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the TBD

Rhode Island

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (support professional)

  • Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education that is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and includes 300 hours of internship.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Rhode Island Department of Education.

South Carolina

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (online or out-of-state programs)

  • Master's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that is approved by the institution's home State Department of Education and/or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP) and includes student teaching or an internship.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Education.

South Dakota

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) .

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the South Dakota Department of Education.

Tennessee

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (practitioner w/out-of-state recommendation)

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Tennessee Department of Education.

Texas

School Counseling

Educational Requirements (student services certificate)

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Licensure Inforamtion

For more information, visit the Texas Education Agency.

U.S. Virgin Islands

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • TBD

  • TBD

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the TBD

Utah

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Utah State Department of Education.

Vermont

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (traditional route)

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in school counseling, or equivalent subject, from an accredited institution of higher education and recommendation for licensure from the institution. Vermont currently has educator reciprocity with all states except: NY, NM, SD and WI.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the State of Vermont Agency of Education.

Virginia

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education in a state-approve school counselor preparation program; AND

  • A minimum of 100 hours of internship and practicum experience both in the PreK-6 and grades 7-12 setting. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance); OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education that is an approved school counselor preparation program; AND

  • A minimum of 100 hours of internship and practicum experience both in the PreK-6 and grades 7-12 setting. (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

The above information was derived from the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel in Section 670 of Chapter 23 in the Virginia Administrative Codes for School Counselors (PreK-12)

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Education School Counseling & Advisement.

Washington

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (ESA first time applicant)

  • Master's degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution of higher education; AND

  • Completion of any state's approved program leading to certification for the school counselor role.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the State of Washington - Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington State Department of Education.

West Virginia

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education that includes an extensive internship. Ref. WVBE Policy 5202 for additional details.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the West Virginia Department of Education.

Wisconsin

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (initial licensure)

  • Master's degree or higher in school counseling and guidance from an accredited institution of higher education.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Wyoming

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in school counseling and guidance from an accredited institution of higher education.

Licensure Information

For more information, visit the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board.


Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Alabama

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in counseling with a minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university and is an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or Commission on Rehabilitation and Education (CORE)

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Alabama Board of Examiners In Counseling.

Alaska

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related professional field*, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university of higher education approved by the board; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

(*) A related professional field includes psychology, marital and family therapy, social work, and applied behavioral science.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Alaska Board of Professional Counselors.

American Somoa

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • TBD
  • TBD

Licensure Requirements

For more information, visit the TBD

Arizona

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours that is a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Commission on Rehabilitation and Education (CORE), or an approved equivalent; AND
  • Supervised counseling practicum that consists of 700 hours (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Arizona State Board of Behavior Health Examiners.

Arkansas

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or Commission on Rehabilitation and Education (CORE).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy.

California

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI)

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (regionally accredited or foreign equivalent);

  • Master's degree or higher in counseling or psychotherapy in content. If enrolled before 08/01/12 and graduate before 12/31/18, then must include a minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hours. If enrolled after 08/01/12 and graduated after 12/31/18, then must include a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours.

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas ((OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Colorado

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling with 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or an approved equivalent. If enrolled after 08/31/14 then 60 semester (90 quarter) hours that includes completion of coursework in core areas, a practicum and/or an internship.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

Connecticut

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related mental health field, with a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit the Connecticut State Department of Public Health.

Delaware

Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH)
Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in clinical mental health with a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours; AND

  • Must be certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), or certified by another national mental health specialty certifying organization approved by the board.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit the Delaware Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals.

District of Columbia

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling with 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from an institution of higher education which was accredited, at the time the degree was conferred, by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, or its successor; OR

  • Master's degree program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or is deemed by the board to be substantially equivalent to a CACREP approved program.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit DC Health Professional Counseling Licensing.

Florida

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (RMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours, a course in human sexuality and a course in substance abuse, and is an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); OR

  • Master’s degree or higher for a program related to the practice of mental health counseling that includes 60 semester (90 quarter) hours, 12 specific course content areas, and 1,000 hours of a supervised practicum, internship, or field experience from an accredited institution;

    (AND FOR BOTH OPTIONS ABOVE)

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage, and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.

Georgia

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Associated Licensed Professional Counselor (ALPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in a program that is primarily counseling in content, or in applied psychology, from a regionally accredited college/university recognized ; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship of at least 300 hours (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Guam

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • TBD
  • TBD

Licensure Requirements

For more information, visit the TBD

Hawaii

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or an allied field related to the practice of mental health counseling, with a minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
     
  • Two academic terms of supervised mental health practicum/internship experience that includes at least 6 semester (10 quarter) hours in a mental health counseling setting (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • A minimum of 300 hours of supervised client contact under a licensed supervisor (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Effective 07/05/07: Changes in Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 453D-7(c)(1) and (2) allows individuals who obtained a graduate degree before 07/01/07 an alternate method to verify the practicum and postgraduate experience.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit Hawaii State Mental Health Counselor Application Form and Publications.

Idaho

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Registered Counselor Intern

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in a counseling field with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
     
  • Completion of 6 semester (9 quarter) hours of an advanced counseling practicum (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Illinois

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, or a related field from a regionally accredited college/university that includes the equivalent of 2 units of acceptable experience (2 years full-time satisfactory supervised employment working as a clinical professional counselor under the direction of a qualified supervisor); OR

  • Master's degree or higher in professional counseling from a regionally accredited college/university that is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

For more information visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.

Indiana

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in an area related to mental health counseling* with a minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation and Education (CORE), or an approved equivalent; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance).

  • Completion of a practicum (100 hours), internship (600 hours), and an advanced internship (300 hours) with at least 100 hours of face-to-face supervision (OSU's program meets the practicum, internship, and face-to-face supervision requirements, but does not meet the required 300 hours of advanced internship; therefore, please consult the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance).

    (*) An area related to mental health counseling includes counseling, clinical social work, psychology, human services, human development, family relations, or programs accredited by CACREP or CORE.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency's Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Iowa

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling with at least 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). For applicants who entered the program of study prior to 07/01/10, only 45 semester (68 quarter) hours are required; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information visit the Iowa Department of Public Health's Bureau of Professional Licensure.

Kansas

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of professional development, and includes a supervised practicum; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board Professional Counselors.

Kentucky

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university, 600 hours of internship/practicum and is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Counselors

Louisiana

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher, the substance of which is professional mental health counseling, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the State of Louisiana’s Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners.

Maine

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Conditional LCPC
Conditional LPC

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university and is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the State of Maine's Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure.

Maryland

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in professional counseling, or a related field, with a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university approved by the Board; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

  • Doctoral degree in professional counseling, or a related field, from a regionally accredited college/university approved by the Board with a minimum of 90 semester (135 quarter) hours.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Health Professional Counselors.

Massachusetts

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling, or a related field, with a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND

  • Internship of a minimum of 600 hours and a practicum of a minimum of 100 hours; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions.

Michigan

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with a minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university and is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); AND
  • Supervised field experience (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Minnesota

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with a minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); AND
  • Supervised field experience that consists of 700 hours (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Mississippi

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field,with a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); AND
  • Supervised field experience (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors.

Missouri

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related mental health field*, with a minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) or the Council on Rehabilitation and Education (CORE); AND
  • Field experience in diagnosis and practicum (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

    (*) Related mental health fields include: counseling and guidance, counseling psychology, clinical psychology or school psychology.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Missouri Division of Professional Registration - Committee for Professional Counselors.

Montana

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related mental health field, from a regionally accredited college/university with a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours that includes 6 semester (9 quarter) hours of advanced counseling practicum from a regionally accredited college/university.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Montana Department of Labor and Industry - Board of Behavioral Health.

Nebraska

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor (LIMHP-CPC/LPC) 
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor (LMHP-CPC/LPC)
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)
Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related mental health field, from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship of a minimum of 300 hours of direct client contact of which 150 hours must be face-to-face in a work setting (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Nevada

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Licensed Clinical Counselor Intern (LCCI)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in clinical professional counseling, or a related mental health field, with 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors.

New Hampshire

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in clinical mental health counseling with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice.

New Jersey

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Professional Counselor Examiners Committee.

New Mexico

Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Dept. - Boards and Commissions on Counseling and Therapy Practice.

New York

Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the NYSED - Office of the Professions, Mental Health Practioners.

North Carolina

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) 
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS)

Educational Requirements

(Effective 03/01/2016 - 06/30/2022)

  • (If enrolled on or before 06/30/09) Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or related field, with 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university and is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP); OR

  • (If enrolled 07/01/09 - 06/30/13) Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or related field, with 54 semester (81 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university and is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP); OR

  • (If enrolled on or after 07/01/13) Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university and is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.

North Dakota

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND

  • Internship of a minimum of 600 hours and a practicum of a minimum of 100 hours; AND
  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners.

Northern Mariana Islands

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • TBD
  • TBD

Licensure Requirements

For more information, visit the TBD

Ohio

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Training Supervision Designation(LPCC-S)
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Professional Counselor/Clinical Resident

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in clinical mental health counseling, or a related field, from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Oklahoma

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship with a minimum of 300 hours (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health.

Oregon

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Registered Intern

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is an accredited program by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) or by the Commission on Rehabilitation and Education (CORE); AND

  • Supervised practicum/internship with a minimum of 700 hours (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas.

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Oregon Board of Licensed professional Counselors and Therapists.

Pennsylvania

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

Puerto Rico

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • TBD
  • TBD

Licensure Requirements

For more information, visit the TBD

Rhode Island

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or an equivalent accrediting agency approved by both the Board and by the cognizable national or regional certifying authority; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information please visit the Rhode Island Department of Health.

South Carolina

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

South Dakota

Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health (LPC-MH)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling with 48 semester (72 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the South Dakota Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners.

Tennessee

Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required areas; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Tennessee Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapists.

Texas

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-I)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND

  • Supervised internship of a minimum 100 hours and a practicum of a minimum 300 hours; AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required area; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • TBD
  • TBD

Licensure Requirements

For more information, visit the TBD

Utah

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Associate Professional Counselor (APC)
Associate Professional Counselor Extern

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required area; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Vermont

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Vermont Secretary of State, Allied Mental Health.

Virginia

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required area; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Virginia Board of Counseling.

Washington

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) 

Certified Counselor (CC)
Certified Adviser (CA)
Agency Affiliated Counselor (AAC)

Educational Requirements (LMHC/LMHCA)

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required area; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Washington Department of Health, Mental Health Professions.

West Virginia

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required area; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling.

Wisconsin

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Professional Counselor Trainee

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university; AND
  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance); AND

  • Coursework must be distributed within specific content areas (OSU's program may meet only a portion of the required area; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation on acceptance).

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board.

Wyoming

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Provisional Professional Counselor (PPC)

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in counseling, or a related field, with 60 semester (90 quarter) hours from a regionally accredited college/university that is also an accredited program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE); AND

  • Supervised practicum/internship (OSU's program consists of 600 hours of internship and 100 hours of practicum; therefore, consult with the state regulations and/or governing board directly for confirmation of acceptance)..

Experiential & Exam Requirements

For more information, visit the Wyoming Mental Health Profession Licensing Board.

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