Requirements for School Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Licensure

Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, OSU's Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) and PhD of Counseling (PhD.Coun.) degrees are professionally accredited programs 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 the following information regarding professional licensure requirements for School Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Counselor within each of the 50 states.

A checkbox below within the various states identifies (to the best of our ability) that the OSU M.Coun. and/or PhD.Coun. degrees meet the specified 'educational' requirement(s). Whereas, an unchecked box typically means that OSU is unable to confirm that the OSU M.Coun. and/or PhD.Coun. degrees meet the specified 'educational' requirement(s). In either instance, the information provided should be used as a general guideline, not an official publication, and confirmation of state licensure/certification requirements should be obtained directly from the appropriate state(s) regulations and/or governing boards to which the inquiry is being performed. To help facilitate this, direct links have been provided wherever possible.

(Note: While Oregon State University strives to ensure the following information is accurate and current, human error may occur and/or state requirements may change and/or be updated without our knowledge. This information was last updated on Jan. 24, 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 that is an accredited 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.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Alabama Department of Education.

Alaska

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; AND

  • (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 at a regionally accredited institution.

Experiential Requirements

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

Arizona

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree or more advanced degree from an accredited institution and completion of a graduate program in guidance and counseling from an accredited institution, 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.

Experiential Requirements

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

Arkansas

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in school counseling and guidance from an approved institution (a minimum of 33 credits).

  • Required Coursework: Practicum (a minimum of nine hours of coursework) 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).

Experiential Requirements

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 a regionally-accredited college or university; 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)

For more information, visit the California State Department of Education and the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

Colorado

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • 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, AND

  • Passing of the Colorado state approved content exam, OR

  • Master's or higher in a clinical counseling domain, AND

  • Must hold a valid counseling license (LPC) issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, AND

  • Must have three or more years' experience as a licensed clinical counselor

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Education.

Connecticut

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree; AND

  • As part of or in addition to the Master’s degree, a minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of credit in a planned program in school counseling services as attested to by an institution approved for the preparation of school counselors.

  • Required Coursework: (1) 30 semester (45 quarter) hours in a planned program in school counseling services including coursework in each of the following areas: Principles and philosophy of developmental guidance and counseling, psychological and sociological theory as related to children, Career development theory and practice, Individual and group counseling procedures, Pupil appraisal and evaluation techniques, and School based consultation theory and practice; (2) Evidence of practicum and laboratory experiences in school counseling; (3) completion of study in special education comprised of not fewer than 36 clock hours including gifted and talented children and 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).

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Connecticut Department of Education.

Delaware

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college in an approved program in elementary or secondary school counseling.

  • Required Coursework: A minimum of 39 credits of graduate coursework in the areas of: Introduction to School Counseling & Theories (3 credits); Human Behavior and Child Development (3 credits); Ethical Issues in School Counseling (3 credits); College & Career Readiness K-12 (3 credits); Testing, Measurements, and Research in School Counseling (3 credits); The Counselor as Consultant (3 credits); Special Education Law & the School Counselor’s Role (3 credits); Group Counseling (3 credits); Individual Counseling Skills & Strategies (6 credits); Family Counseling (3 credits); Principles and Practices of a School Counseling Program (6 Credits). (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 Requirements

For more information, visit the Delaware Department of Education.

District of Columbia

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree in school counseling from an accredited institution.

  • Required Coursework: (1) Philosophy and principles underlying guidance and other pupil personnel services; (2) The theory and practice of counseling, including work with exceptional and culturally diverse students; (3) Educational and psychological measurement; (4) Career development theory including career planning and decision-making techniques and the use of occupational and educational information; (5) Understanding the individual (i.e., the nature and range of human characteristics); (6) Group counseling and group guidance processes; (7) Research and evaluation. (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 Requirements

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

Florida

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master's or higher degree with a graduate major in guidance and counseling or counselor education which includes three semester hours in a supervised counseling practicum in an elementary or secondary school; OR

  • (Option 2) Master's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester (45 quarter) hours of graduate credit in guidance and counseling to include specific areas.

  • Required Coursework: (for Option 2 only) - (1) Three semester* hours in principles, philosophy, organization and administration of guidance, (2) Three semester* hours in student appraisal including administration and interpretation of standardized tests, (3) Three semester* hours in education and career development information practices and systems, (4) Three semester* hours in learning, personality theory, and human development, (5) Three semester* hours in counseling theories and individual counseling techniques, (6) Three semester* hours in group counseling and guidance techniques, (7) Three semester* hours in consultation skills and techniques for conferring with groups such as agencies, teachers, and parents, (8) Three semester hours in legal, ethical, and current issues affecting school counselors, (9) Three semester* hours in specialized counseling techniques for use with elementary or secondary level special populations such as exceptional students, dropouts, and minorities, and (10) Three semester* hours in a supervised counseling practicum in an elementary or secondary school. (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).

    * 3 semester hours equals 5 quarter hours.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Education.

Georgia

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree or higher in an approved school counseling program from a regionally accredited institution; OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree or higher in any counseling field and verification of acceptance into a state-approved school counseling program.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Hawaii

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in School Counseling and Guidance* from a regionally accredited college or University.

    *Counseling and Guidance program must meet the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) or state standards. (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 Requirements

For more information, visit the Hawaii Department of Education.

Idaho

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree and official transcript.

  • Institutional recommendation verifying state-approved School Counselor Program (to include 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).

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

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

Illinois

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education in school counseling, another counseling or related field (e.g., social work or psychology), or an educational field; AND

  • Completion of an Illinois program approved for the preparation of school counselors or a comparable approved program in another state or country or hold a comparable certificate issued by another state or country; AND

  • Completion of a supervised counseling practicum of at least 100 clock hours that provided interaction with individuals and groups of school age and included at least 40 hours of direct service work.

  • Required Coursework: Applicants must hold or be qualified to hold a teaching certificate; OR have completed, as part of an approved program, coursework addressing: (1) the structure, organization and operation of the educational system, with emphasis on P-12 schools; AND (2) the growth and development of children and youth, and their implications for counseling in schools; AND (3) the diversity of Illinois students and the laws and programs that have been designed to meet their unique needs; AND (4) effective management of the classroom and the learning process. (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 Requirements

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

Indiana

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in school counseling or related field; OR

  • If already degreed, completed additional coursework in a school counseling program from an institution of higher education that is approved by the board to offer such a degree.

Experiential Requirements

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

Iowa

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; completion of an approved human relations component; completion of an approved exceptional learner component; teaching and counseling practicum (at either the K-6 or 7-12 level) consisting of a minimum of 500 contact hours.

  • Required Coursework: (1) Completion of an approved human relations component, AND (2) Completion of an approved exceptional learner component, AND (3) as part of the school counseling program, coursework in the following: nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, social and cultural foundations, fostering of relationships, group work, career development, education, post-secondary planning, assessment and evaluation, professional orientation, school counseling skills, classroom management, curriculum, and learning theory. (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 Requirements

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

Kansas

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree with a 3.25 cumulative GPA in graduate coursework. The applicant must have at least 8 credit hours or one year of accredited experience completed within the last six years.

Experiential Requirements

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

Kentucky

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in guidance counseling from an approved program.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Kentucky Department of Education.

Louisiana

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in guidance and counseling from a regionally accredited institution or a Master’s degree with the equivalent hours and courses in school counseling, AND

  • Required Coursework: The graduate training must include a total of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in: (1) Principles and Administration of School Counseling Programs; (2) Career and Lifestyle Development; (3) Individual Appraisal; (4) Counseling Theory and Practice; (5) Group Processes; (6) Human Growth and Development; (7) Social and Cultural Foundations in 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

  • Counseling practicum completed in a school setting.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Louisiana Department of Education.

Maine

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s or a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university; AND

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • (For 1 year conditional certificate): Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and matriculated into an approved program for school counselor education, or current enrollment in graduate coursework for school counselor education. Completion of a minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of graduate study in school counselor education coursework. (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).

  • Required Coursework: Completion of approved course for “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom" and applicant must pass pedagogical knowledge and skills assessment at the appropriate grade level if they did not graduate from a Maine university. (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 Requirements

For more information, visit the Maine Department of Education.

Maryland

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree in school guidance and counseling; 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 in school guidance and counseling in a program approved using State approved standards; 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 in school guidance and counseling from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); OR

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

Experiential Requirements

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

Massachusetts

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree with a major in counseling, a practicum of 450 hours in an educational setting.

  • Required Coursework: Subject matter in the following courses: (1) Familiarity with the Curriculum Frameworks and their use in the advising responsibilities of the guidance counselor; (2) Understanding and interpretation of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and other academic test results to students, teachers, and parents; (3) Psychology of learning; (4) Understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of learning and behavior disorders; (5) Theories of normal and abnormal intellectual, social, and emotional development; (6) Knowledge of strategies used for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, the spectrum of mental illnesses, and violence in Pre K-12 students; (7) Philosophy, principles and practices in school guidance counseling; (8) Federal, state, municipal, and school laws and regulations; (9) Career counseling; (10) Resources within the school system or the community for referral; (11) Knowledge of statistics, research design, and research in guidance counseling; (12) Group counseling and group leadership; (13) Development of skills for consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators (14) College counseling and use of college and other post-secondary resource materials. (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 Requirements

For more information, visit the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Michigan

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) School Counselor Endorsement - A teaching certificate with at least 30 credits of graduate work in school counseling; OR

  • (Option 2) School Counselor License - Master’s degree from an approved program in school counseling; OR an Emergency Certificate: available to a candidate who has completed 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework in an approved school guidance counseling program.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Michigan Department of Education.

Minnesota

School Counselor

Educational Requirements (tier 2 or 3 license)

  • (Tier 2) Master's degree or the equivalent in school counseling from a college or university that is regionally accredited.

  • (Tier 3) Master's degree or the equivalent in school counseling from a college or university that is regionally accredited by the association for the accreditation of colleges and secondary schools (OSU is accredited by NWCCU) and shows verification of having completed a preparation program in school counseling accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Minnesota Legislature - Office of the Revisor of Statues

Mississippi

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree in guidance and counseling and hold a standard teaching license; OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree in another area 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 program for guidance and counseling which includes a full year internship that is approved by the Mississippi Department of Education; OR

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

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Mississippi Department of Education.

Missouri

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master's degree with a major emphasis in guidance and counseling from a college or university meeting approval of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree or higher degree in education, school counseling, counseling, counseling psychology, or a closely related mental health discipline; and additional graduate coursework specific to school counseling.

  • Required Coursework: (Option 1): Completion of a planned program of at least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of approved graduate credit in courses in guidance and counseling with at least 12 semester (18 quarter) hours focused upon guidance in the elementary (elementary certification) or secondary schools (secondary certification). Complete one course in each of the following areas: Orientation to the Personal and Professional Development in Counseling; Foundation of Elementary and Secondary School Guidance; Theories and Techniques of Elementary and Secondary School Counseling; Analysis of the Elementary School Child and School Learning Problems; Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling; Practicum. (Option 2): Must either possess a Bachelor’s degree in education from a state-approved teacher preparation program or complete a curriculum in teaching methods and practices, classroom management and the psychology of the exceptional child, as specified by the recommending certification officer of a state-approved program. (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 Requirements

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

Montana

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree in school counseling (K-12); OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree with an equivalent graduate level school counseling content.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Montana Educator Licensing.

Nebraska

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree in school counseling with at least 36 semester (54 quarter) hours.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Nebraska Department of Education.

Nevada

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree or a more advanced degree in school counseling from a regionally accredited college and or university; OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree and a specialty credential as a national certified school counselor (NCSC) issued by the National Board for Certified Counselor (NBCC); OR

  • (Option 3) Masters degree or a more advanced degree with a major in counseling conferred by a regionally accredited college or university; OR

  • (Option 4) Master’s degree or more advanced degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university and have at least 2 years of teaching experience or at least 2 years of school counseling experience, have at least 36 semester (45 quarter) hours of graduate credits in school guidance and counseling in certain areas of study.

  • Required Coursework: (Option 1 and 2) None; (Option 3 and 4) have at least 36 semester (45 quarter) hour of graduate credits in school guidance and counseling in certain areas of study including: (1) individual counseling; (2) group counseling; (3) testing and assessment; (4) legal and ethical issues; (5) organization and administration of counseling programs; (6) multicultural counseling (7) child and family counseling and two of the following courses: human development; technology in counseling; exceptional child; substance abuse. (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 Requirements

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

New Hampshire

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) State board of education approved school counseling collegiate program at the Master’s degree level or higher; OR

  • (Option 2) Alternative certification is possible if the following three requirements are met: (1) the candidates has at least a Master's degree in a closely related counseling field; AND (2) documents/demonstrates that they have also acquired the competencies, skills, and knowledge that they would have gained if they had graduated from a NHDOE approved graduate program in school counseling (this is demonstrated through written thesis and oral board review); AND (3) must have worked for three months as guidance counselor to qualify for an alternative certification. In order to accomplish #2 above, additional coursework specifically in school counseling is usually required. The whole alternative process usually takes one year.

Experiential Requirements

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

New Jersey

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • To be eligible for the standard educational services certificate with a school counselor endorsement, a candidate must hold a Master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college/university.

  • Required Coursework: (1) A department-approved graduate curriculum in school counseling; OR (2) A minimum of 48 semester (72 quarter) hour credits in the following areas: (1) Counseling (minimum of 18 hours must include study in theory and procedures of individual and group counseling, counseling and interviewing techniques and career counseling); (2) Testing and evaluation (minimum of 3 hours); (3) Psychology (minimum of six hours in study related to child and adolescent psychology, psychology of exceptional children and psychology of learning); (4) Sociological foundations (minimum of six semester hours that must include study in the community agencies, organizations and resources and multicultural counseling) OR a candidate who has completed a Master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university whose school counseling program meets the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) will be issued a standard school counselor certificate. (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 Requirements

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

New Mexico

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) A national certified school counselor credential issued by the national board for certified counselors; OR

  • (Option 2) A licensed professional mental health counselor (LPC) 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; OR

  • (Option 3) Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; the Master’s degree requirement shall be satisfied by meeting the requirements: (1) Master’s degree in school counseling from a regionally accredited college or university; OR (2) Master’s degree in a discipline other than school counseling and 36-42 graduate hours in school counseling, (which may be completed as a part of the Master’s degree program or in addition to the Master’s).

Experiential Requirements

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

New York

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

    • (Option 1) Completion of a NY registered school counseling program; OR

    • (Option 2) Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or from an institution authorized by NY Department of Education; AND at least 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of approved graduate study in the field of school counseling; OR

    • (Option 3) Be nationally certified as a school counselor by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

    • Required Coursework: (Option 1): None; (Option 2 and Option 3) - Completion of a Child Abuse Identification and a School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop. (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 Requirements

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

North Carolina

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

    • Completion of an approved program in school counseling at the Master's level or above.

Experiential Requirements

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

North Dakota

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, or a related human service field.

  • Required Coursework: (1) Elementary school counseling; (2) secondary school counseling; (3) guidance administration and consulting; (4) counseling theories; (5) assessment techniques; (6) group techniques; (7) career counseling; (8) counseling techniques; (9) supervised school-based internship. (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 Requirements

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

Ohio

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an approved program in school counseling.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Education Educator Licenses.

Oklahoma

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in school counseling.

Experiential Requirements

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

Oregon

School Counseling

Licensing categories include: Preliminary, Restricted, Reciprocal, Professional

Requirements (for Preliminary Licensure)

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

  • Master’s degree, or higher, in counseling, education, or related behavioral sciences (regionally-accredited or foreign equivalent);

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

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

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

    • Approved program in school counseling.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Rhode Island

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Experiential Requirements

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

South Carolina

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (1) Bachelor’s Degree; AND

  • (2) Master’s degree in any subject; AND

  • (3) Completion of an advanced program approved by the State Board of Education for the preparation of school counselors.

Experiential Requirements

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

South Dakota

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in school counseling and guidance.

Experiential Requirements

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

Tennessee

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

    • (Option 1) Graduate degree with an approved preparation program in school guidance and counseling; OR

    • (Option 2) Graduate degree in community/agency counseling and must be enrolled in an approved graduate program in school counseling and have completed at least 30 semester (45 quarter) hours leading to completion of an approved graduate program in school counseling and must be supervised by a licensed school counselor for a minimum of one hour per week. (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 Requirements

For more information, visit the Tennessee Department of Education.

Texas

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

    • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and successfully complete a school counselor preparation program.

Experiential Requirements

For more information, visit the Texas Education Agency.

Utah

School Counseling

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited counselor education program.

Experiential Requirements

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

Vermont

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s degree in school counseling or its equivalent.

Experiential Requirements

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

Virginia

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

    • (Option 1) Master's degree from an approved counselor education program; OR

    • (Option 2) Master’s degree from an accredited college or university and certification from an approved counselor education program that the candidate has completed sufficient coursework and clinical experience to acquire the competencies described herein. (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 Requirements

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

Washington

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • Master's degree in counseling, AND

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

  • Three years of out of state experience in the school counselor role, AND

  • Completion of a comprehensive exam relevant to the role, AND

  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not on record.

Experiential Requirements

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 from an accredited institution and completion of an approved program for school counselors through an accredited institution of higher education.

Experiential Requirements

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

Wisconsin

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

    • Master's degree from an approved school counseling and guidance program and the institutional endorsement.

Experiential Requirements

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

Wyoming

School Counselor

Educational Requirements

  • (Option 1) Master’s degree with a major in school counseling and guidance; OR

  • (Option 2) Master’s degree with at least 30 semester (45 quarter) credits in approved school counseling and guidance coursework.

Experiential Requirements

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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