Provisional School Counselor certificates will no longer be issued after February 1, 2023. Test required depends on the program completed. Experience Requirements: 700 clock hours of supervised field experience, 75 percent of which must be in a K-12 school setting, to include elementary, middle and high schools. School psychologist candidates should earn master's or education specialist degrees from regionally accredited universities. School counselors from out-of-state with a limited license (K-8 or 7-12) may work on an Interim license while completing TN PreK-12 licensure requirements. Examination: Praxis II: School Guidance Counseling, minimum 600. At least 300 of the 600 clock hours shall be in a school setting, (3) passage of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) School Counselor examination. Reciprocity: Yes, with conditions (see details)
It is valid for regular or substitute school counseling at any level. Also must score a minimum of 590 on the Praxis II School Guidance and Counseling. New Mexico Public Education Department
Applicants must also attest to completion of a suicide prevention training approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board in the state of Washington within the five years previous to application. Certification: K-12
In order to accomplish #2 above, additional coursework specifically in school counseling is usually required. Educational Requirements: (Option 1) Master’s degree with a major in school counseling and guidance or (Option 2) A master’s degree with at least 30 semester credits in approved school counseling and guidance coursework. Educational Requirements: An applicant is eligible for a standard professional certificate in the field of school counseling based on meeting the following requirements: (A) Fulfilling one of the following options: (1) Completion of a state-approved certification preparation program in school counseling at the master’s degree level or higher, (2) completion of a master’s degree or higher in a counseling area and submission of a valid National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) credential issued by the National Board of Certified Counselors, or (3) completion of a master’s degree or higher in a counseling area and submission of a valid state of Georgia professional counselor’s license issued by the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, O.C.G.A. Required Coursework: In-State Applicants: Applicants who are enrolled in a school counselor program at an approved educator preparation institution will be evaluated for eligibility of a school counselor license by the in-state university certification officer.
NORTH CAROLINA (updated 11/18)
Any additional documentation needed to determine eligibility for reciprocity will be requested from a licensing analyst upon review of submitted and paid application. In most cases Wisconsin license based on completion of a state-approved program, not based on licensure in another state. Educational Requirements: Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college in an approved program in elementary or secondary school counseling.
Texas Education Agency
Required Coursework: A practicum of at least 100 clock hours in a school-based setting, including a minimum of 40 clock hours of supervised, direct service work in individual and group counseling with early childhood/elementary and secondary school students. Background Check: Criminal background check is required before any certification process is begun.
Institution Recommendation Required? American Counselor Association The American Counseling Association is dedicated to the growth and development of the counseling profession and those who are served. Examination: Michigan Test for Teacher Certification – School Counselor (NT) exam. Applicants who have not completed an approved program can be certified by utilizing the Credential Review Pathway, which allows eligible individuals to pursue Rhode Island certification by following a differentiated program of study (determined by a consortium institution or RIDE). Previous school counseling experience may be considered to help offset the field experience clock hour requirement
Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
Licensure & Certification - State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards Who are Licensed Professional Counselors? Background Check: Yes. Educational Requirements: Master’s degree in school counseling;
Institution Recommendation Required? Candidates who do not qualify for Connecticut certification under the terms of the interstate agreement must meet all of Connecticut’s requirements for the endorsement requested, including coursework. Reciprocity: No, but Pennsylvania has signed an Interstate Agreement with 45 other states/jurisdictions based upon the mutually agreed-upon conditions of that contract. Reciprocity: Yes This pathway allows an educator who holds a valid certificate in a state that has a reciprocity agreement with New York State to obtain a comparable New York State certificate. : No
This process will result in the college or university submitting the recommendation online. Pursuant to the passage of Assembly Bill 77 during the 2017 legislative session, most valid and unexpired licenses will directly reciprocate without verification of passing licensure examinations. Educational Requirements: Master’s degree and has completed, as part of or in addition to the master’s degree, a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit in a planned program in school counseling services as attested to by an institution approved for the preparation of school counselors. Examination: Pass the ISBE Examination for School Counseling and meet all requirements for certification. Certification: K-12
Background Check: Yes
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For example, a school counselor applicant who applies with a regionally accredited master's degree must complete a 300-hour internship within a school, and some school psychologist applicants must complete 600-hour practicums.
Experience Requirement: Note internship requirements above
Institution Recommendation Required? MONTANA (updated 11/19)
Renewal applicants must also submit applications on which they attest that they have not committed crimes.
Must be a U.S. citizen. Institution Recommendation Required? You can apply, pay and track your application status online. Educational Requirements: There are two pathways: (1) Completion of a CACREP-accredited school counselor program, which includes an internship in a school setting of 600 hours, or (2) Completion of a master’s degree in school counseling from a regionally accredited college or university, including an internship in a school setting of 600 hours. : No
Experience Requirements: The school counselor demonstrates competency in conducting classroom sessions with elementary, middle (elementary certification) OR middle and secondary school students (secondary certification). Finally, each renewal candidate should pay $95 for the application fee or $125 if they apply late. Certification: K-12
Out-of-State Applicants: Applicants who complete all requirements of an approved, out-of-state school counselor education program and/or fulfilled other requirements are evaluated for a school counselor license by the Michigan Department of Education Office of Professional Preparation Services. Experience Requirements: Completion of not less than a 600-clock hour internship with school-aged pupils under the supervision of a person who is a counselor educator in an approved school counseling program.
Institution Recommendation Required? Examination: None
1. : No
Obtain the formal recommendation of a California college or university with a commission-approved pupil personnel services program specializing in school counseling.
Background Check: Yes, at point of hire
The specific requirements will vary, depending on the path they choose.
WEST VIRGINIA (updated 11/18)
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Reciprocity: Yes, (1) but must have Obtained certification and worked fulltime as a school counselor in another state for a minimum of two years OR (2) hold a teaching certificate OR (3) Complete a master’s degree program complete with an internship and practicum that is similar to that in the state of Illinois AND (4) Pass the ISBE Examination for School Counseling and meet all Illinois requirements for certification. Examination: None
The NBCC accepts candidates with master's degrees that include courses in all of the following: counseling consultation and program development; family counseling; counseling children, adolescents, and at-risk youth; addiction counseling; and counseling for trauma, abuse, and violence. Certification: K-12
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 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 and (14) college counseling and use of college and other postsecondary resource materials
Some candidates receive one-year grace periods for their renewal applications. 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);
Reciprocity: No; however, if you obtain a master’s degree in a school outside of NM that meets the BOE standards, a license can be granted
Secondly, candidates may work as licensed professional counselors (LPCs) with at least six graduate credits in school counseling. Matriculated into an approved program for school counselor education, or current enrollment in graduate coursework for school counselor education. Background Check: Yes
All students interested in Wyoming counseling careers must complete these requirements to qualify for licensure. : Yes, if do not have experience requirement completed at the time of hire
Institution Recommendation Required? Certification: Pre-K–12
Examination: (Option 1) With an OK teaching certificate: (1) Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam (OKPT) and (2) Oklahoma’s subject area test in school counseling or (Option 2) Without teaching certificate: (1) Two tests mentioned above and (2) Oklahoma General Education Test. 600 School Counselor, K-12 601 School Social Worker, K-12 605 Rehabilitation Counselor, K-12 609 ... licensure program 1B 1-year school business license to allow for completing training 1C 1-year teaching license to allow for taking NMTA Basic Skills and/or Teacher (see details)
: Official transcripts required
Examination: (1) NTE Core Battery (Communication: 645, General Knowledge: 644, and Professional Knowledge: 645); AND (2) NTE Specialty Area Exam in school counseling. Applications without a valid license social security number will not be reviewed or processed until the applicant provides a valid social security card to the NMPED Licensure Bureau. LOUISIANA
Examination: Passing score on Massachusetts Communication and Literacy Skills Test
Check out the following pages to explore available academic programs by level: School counselor and psychologist candidates must complete internships or practicums during their graduate programs. Interested in pursuing an education in school counseling? Hawaii Teacher Standards Board
School or guidance counselor applicants must pass the knowledge assessment in school counseling exam, which is a National Evaluation Series test. Candidates can take the computer-based exam at approved locations across the country by appointment. This guide will inform an aspiring professional on how to become a school counselor in New Mexico, including required degrees and exams. Examination: Yes, for initial license (see details)
: Yes, must recommend for certification 068
The minimum passing score is 156. When the NHDOE receives the verification of background from the state authorities, the certification process commences. Oregon Department of Education/school counseling
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