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State Certification Requirements

Most public school systems require advanced-degree courses that include the following topics:

• Human growth and development
• Theories
• Individual counseling
• Group counseling
• Social and cultural foundations
• Testing/appraisal
• Research and program evaluation
• Professional orientation
• Career development
• Supervised practicum
• Supervised internship

Although ASCA does its best to keep this information current, state requirements may change and/or be updated frequently. The following documents should be used as a general guideline, not an official publication. It is best to check with the state education department for current requirements. If you would like to update or change your state information, contact ASCA at (703) 683-2722.

ALABAMA
Educational Requirements: Eligibility for initial certification in school counseling shall include at least baccalaureate-level professional educator certification in a teaching field or a GPA of not less than 3.0 on all courses in the Alabama State Board of Education approved master’s degree school counseling program.
Required Coursework: A practicum that includes a minimum of 30 clock hours of supervised, direct service work in individual and group counseling with early childhood/elementary and secondary school students.
Experience Requirement: (1) A supervised P-12 school-based internship of at least 300 clock hours, begun subsequent to the completion of the practicum which shall require the prospective counselor to perform all the activities that a school counselor is expected to perform and (2) Two years of satisfactory educational experience.
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Examination: A passing score on a comprehensive written school counseling test
Certification: pre K-12
Reciprocity: Yes, states who are members of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Background Check: Yes, for individuals who (1) are applying for certification, (2) will have unsupervised access to children in an educational environment (3) have not completed a background check since July 1, 1999.
Alabama Department of Education 
ftp://ftp.alsde.edu/documents/66/Code051105SB.doc (pg 308)

ALASKA
Educational Requirements: A 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.
Required Coursework: Completion of three semester hours in Alaska studies, three semester hours in multicultural education or cross-cultural communication and six semester hours or nine quarter hours of credit earned within the last five years.
Experience Requirements: None
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, recommendation of the preparing institution
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes, with all states, but requirements must be met
Background Check: Yes

Alaska Department of Education

ARIZONA
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.
Experience Requirements: (1) Two years of verified, full-time experience as a school guidance counselor or (2) three years of verified teaching experience or  (3) completion of a supervised counseling practicum in school counseling from an accredited institution.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: Official transcripts required
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes, A valid guidance counselor certificate from another state may substitute for all education and experience requirements.
Background Check: Valid Class 1 or Class 2 Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by Arizona Department of Public Education.

Arizona School Counselor Association 
Arizona Department of Education 

ARKANSAS
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.
Experience Requirements: (1) Must hold or be eligible to hold a valid Arkansas teaching license and have two years of full-time teaching experience or (2) Must have been in a supervised counseling internship at the school setting. Internship must include all activities the school counselor would be appropriately expected to perform.
Examination: Praxis II: School Guidance and Counseling test #0420. Minimum Score Required is 600
Institution Recommendation Required?: Official transcripts required.
Certification: Pre K-12
Reciprocity: Only if 3-5 years prior counseling experience.
Background Check: Yes

Arkansas Department of Education

CALIFORNIA
Requirements for the Clear Credential – Specialization in School Counseling (California Prepared)
Individuals must satisfy all of the following requirements:
1. A baccalaureate degree or higher, except in professional education, from a regionally-accredited college or university
2. Complete post baccalaureate degree study consisting of a minimum of 48 semester units in a Commission-approved professional preparation program specializing in school counseling, including a practicum with school-aged children
3. Obtain the formal recommendation of a California college or university with a Commission-approved Pupil Personnel Services program specializing in school counseling. This process will result in the college or university submitting the recommendation online.
4. Complete the Basic Skills Requirement. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement for additional information.
5. Complete the Live Scan fingerprint process (form 41-LS)
6. Pay the application processing fee (see Fee Information leaflet CL-659) once the recommendation has been submitted online by the college or university. Individuals will be notified via email that the application has been submitted and is awaiting payment in a secured database. CL-606C 12/15 Page 2 of 4

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification: Individuals holding certification issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in the area of Early Childhood to Young Adulthood – School Counseling may apply directly to the Commission for the clear credential. Those applying under this route are exempt from the basic skills requirement and all other credential requirements. Individuals may apply by submitting the following items by mail:
1. Photocopy of National Board Certification
2. Completed application (form 41-4), and, if not previously submitted to the Commission, a completed Live Scan receipt (form 41-LS). Out-of-state residents must submit two fingerprint cards (FD-258) in lieu of a Live Scan receipt. If submitting fingerprint cards, current fingerprint processing fees must accompany the application packet.
3. Appropriate application processing fee

Out of State Prepared requirements

Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
California School Counselor Association
California Department of Education


COLORADO
Educational Requirements: (1) Bachelor’s degree from an accepted institution and (2) Master’s degree or higher in school counseling and guidance from an accredited institution of higher education
Experience Requirements: (1) Have completed a minimum of 100-clock hours of a practicum, scheduled throughout the program and (2) a 600-clock hour internship, supervised by a licensed school counselor, in a school setting, and at the appropriate grade level(s) for the endorsement being sought.
Examination: PLACE Examination: School Counseling and Guidance Specialty Assessment must be passed unless the applicant is an out of state graduate with 3 years of full time school counseling experience. Minimum score is 220.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, (1) must verify that a successful practicum and internship was completed AND (2) Certify that the applicant has demonstrated thorough knowledge of the special service area and has the competencies essential for educational service AND (3) Certify the completion of the school counseling program by the applicant.
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Beginning June 12, 2006, each applicant for a Colorado educator license, authorization or endorsement, including the renewal of a license or authorization, is required to submit to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation a complete set of his or her fingerprints, taken by a qualified law enforcement agency, and a fingerprint card processing fee.

Colorado Department of Education Special Services License 
Colorado Department of Education PLACE test information

CONNECTICUT
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
Required Coursework: (1) 30 semester hours of graduate credit in a planned program in school counseling services including course work 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.
Experience Requirements: Holds a professional educator certificate or holds or is eligible for an initial educator certificate and (1) has completed 30 school months of successful teaching experience OR (2) A ten month full-time supervised school counseling internship.
Examination: The Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) paper based or computerized. or a combined score of l,000 or more on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), with no less than 400 on either the verbal or the mathematics subtest.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: No, However, completion of a state-approved planned educator preparation program, including Connecticut's specific course work and assessment requirements; or Verification of a minimum of twenty months of full-time appropriate experience in the same approved nonpublic school, or out-of-state public school under an appropriate state certificate, permit or authorization, and completion of Connecticut's specific course work and assessment requirements. Connecticut does participate with other states in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education & Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract to accept candidates' state-approved preparation programs from a regionally accredited institution. States accepted for school counseling: AL, MD, MA, NH, NY, NC, RI, SC, UT, WA, WV.
Background Check: Yes, at point of hire

Connecticut State Department Of Education - Special Services Endorsment
Connecticut State Department Of Education - Regulations (p.111)

DELAWARE
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 course work 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).
Experience Requirements: (1) Clinical experience of 700 hours in an elementary or secondary setting; or clinical experience of 350 hours at each level for dual certification.
Examination: Praxis I : Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators – Reading (156), Writing (162) and Mathematics (150) within the first two years of employment unless granted an exception. Praxis II School Counseling:  Praxis II #5421 Professional School Counselor  (156) (Required Beginning 1/1/17)
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification.
Certification: (1) Elementary Grades 1-6, valid in middle level schools grades 5-8. or (2) Secondary: Grades 9-12 and valid in middle level school grades 5-8.
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes

Elementary School Counselor Requirements
Secondary School Counselor Requirements 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Educational Requirements: A 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.
Experience Requirements: (1) Completion of two years of recognized full-time teaching experience. One year could be satisfied by full-time experience in a non-school setting and (2) No less than three hundred (300) clock hours of graduate level university supervised field experience in counseling in a PreK-12 school setting. One hundred (100) of these required hours may be granted prior to classroom teaching experiences. This field experience requirement may be met by completion of a degree in school counseling from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) or a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) certificate;
Examination: Successful completion of all portions of the Praxis I – PreProfessional Skills Test and all applicable portions of the Praxis II
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: pre K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes. Chest x-ray or tuberculin-skin test also required.

D.C. Public Schools - School Counselor Requirements

FLORIDA
Educational Requirements: (Option 1) A 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) A master's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours of graduate credit in guidance and counseling to include specific areas
Required Coureswork: (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 (3) 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.
Experience Requirements: None
Examination: Professional Education Test; College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST); Subject Test in School Guidance and Counseling
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: Pre K –12
Reciprocity: Yes The certificate must be a standard or Level II certificate issued by the other state or US territory, and the certificate must be currently valid (not expired or revoked). AND (1) The subject/s shown on your certificate must be considered comparable to a subject/s issued in Florida. OR (2)The person holds a valid NBPTS certificate
Background Check: Employees of Florida traditional and charter public schools have fingerprints taken through the school district's personnel office for employment and certification purposes.

Florida Department of Education - Certification

GEORGIA
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.
Experience Requirements: None
Examination: A passing score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators™ (GACE™) school counselor content assessment and a passing score on the GACE Basic Assessment test in math, reading and writing if: (1) Applicant does not have master’s degree in school counseling or (2) Does not meet exemptions (SAT test minimum 1,000 or GRE test minimum 1030 or ACT test minimum 43).
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: K –12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes

Georgia Professional Standards Commission

HAWAII
Educational Requirements: Completion of a 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.
Experience Requirements: Program must include a practicum, internship or equivalent in a k-12 school setting as requirements of the degree.
Examination: Must pass all scores by 4th year of employment. (1) Praxis I (PPST): Reading: 172, Writing: 171, Mathematics: 173; AND (2) Praxis II (PLT): Principles of Learning & Teaching: K-6: 163 or 7-12: 157; AND (3) Praxis II: School Counseling and Guidance: 580.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: Pre K –12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background: Yes

Hawaii Department of Education
Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

IDAHO
Educational Requirements: Hold a master’s degree and provide verification of completion of an approved program of graduate study in school guidance and counseling from a college/university approved by the Idaho State Board of Education or the state educational agency of the state in which the program was completed.
Required Coursework: Must meet recent credit requirement of six semester credit hours within the last five years.
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. Previous school counseling experience may be considered to help offset the field experience clock hour requirement
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: Grades K-12; Idaho Code, allows certificated school social workers to be employed as elementary school counselors without any credential change.
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Must complete Idaho Criminal History Check before initial certification can be granted.

Idaho State Department of Education
Idaho State Department of Education Certification

ILLINOIS
Educational Requirements: (1) Hold a 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 (2) Have completed 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 (3) Have completed 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.
Experience Requirements: The internship shall be of a length that is determined by the approved program to be adequate to enable candidates to meet the standards but shall entail at least 600 hours and last no less than one semester, during which candidates shall engage in the performance of various aspects of the counseling role and shall be gradually introduced to the full range of responsibilities associated with that role. However, the internship for an individual with at least two years of teaching experience may, at the discretion of the institution offering the approved program, consist of no fewer than 400 hours. In each case at least 240 hours of the internship shall involve direct service work with school-age individuals and groups.
Examination: Pass the ISBE Examination for School Counseling and meet all requirements for certification.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: preK-12
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.
Background Check: Not required by state

Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois State Board of Education - Certification Renewal 
Illinois Mental Health Counselor Association

INDIANA
Educational Requirements: Obtain a master’s degree in school counseling or related field or, if already degreed, completed additional course work in a school counseling program from an institution of higher education that is approved by the board to offer such a degree.
Experience Requirements: Successfully completed all field experiences as set forth by the institution offering the counselor education program in both the content and all developmental levels.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification.
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes, with conditions (see link below)
Background: Yes

Indiana State Board of Education (pg 18)

IOWA
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: nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, social and cultural foundations, fostering of relationships, group work, career development, education, postsecondary planning, assessment and evaluation, professional orientation, school counseling skills, classroom management, curriculum, and learning theory.
Experience Requirements: The school counselor demonstrates competency in conducting classroom sessions with elementary, middle (elementary certification) OR middle and secondary school students (secondary certification). The practicum consisting of a minimum of 500 contact hours provides opportunities for the prospective counselor, under the supervision of a licensed professional school counselor, to engage in a variety of activities in which a regularly employed school counselor would be expected to participate including, but not limited to, individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom guidance and consultation.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification Certification: (1) Elementary - Grades K-6 OR (2) Secondary - Grades 7-12
Reciprocity: No
Background Check: Yes

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

KANSAS
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.
Experience Requirements: Must hold a valid Kansas professional teaching certificate to be eligible for a school counseling license AND Have a supervised internship by enrolling in internship credits during your first year of employment as a school counselor under your conditional license.
Examination: Praxis II: School Guidance Counseling, minimum 600.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: Pre K-12
Reciprocity: No
Background: Yes. Fingerprinting will be required for all expired certificates/licenses. This is a change from the six month expiration date for certificates/licenses.

Kansas State Department of Education
Kansas State Department of Education Renewal 

KENTUCKY
Educational Requirements: Master’s degree in guidance counseling from an approved program.
Experience Requirements: None for provisional license; (1) one year teaching or (2) two years as a full-time school counselor and three to six additional graduate credits needed for standard license
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes, Applicants with certification in other states can satisfy the teaching experience requirement with 3 years of experience as a guidance counselor, a practicum experience at either the secondary or elementary level for one year is needed before employment.
Background Check: Yes, at the local school district level.

Kentucky Department of Education

LOUISIANA
Educational Requirements: Hold a 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.
Required Coursework: The graduate training must include a total of 24 semester 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 .
Experience Requirements: (1) Must hold or be eligible to hold a valid LA teaching certificate except for ancillary counselor certification and (2) Must have 3 credits in a supervised practicum in a school setting.
Examination: (1) NTE Core Battery (Communication: 645, General Knowledge: 644, and Professional Knowledge: 645); AND (2) NTE Specialty Area Exam in school counseling.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: No
Background Check: Yes, at point of hire

Louisiana Department of Administration (page 39-40)

MAINE
Educational Requirements: Earned a master’s or a doctorate degree from an accredited college or university AND earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Educational Requirements (For 1 year conditional certificate): Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Matriculated into an approved program for school counselor education, or current enrollment in graduate coursework for school counselor education. Completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate study in school counselor education coursework.
Required Coursework: Completed an 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.
Experience Requirements: None
Examination: Praxis I (PPST): Reading: 176, Writing: 176, Mathematics: 175; Praxis II: School Guidance Counseling, minimum 570 .
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes

Main Department of Education - Requirements for Certification (page 21)
Maine Comprehensive School Counseling Program (page 128)

MARYLAND
Education/Experience 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 oe (Option 3) Master’s degree in school guidance and counseling from a program approved by 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.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: Pre K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: YES

 
Maryland State Department of Education

MASSACHUSETTS
Educational Requirements: Master’s degree with a major in counseling, a practicum of 450 hours in an educational setting.
Required Coursework: Subject mater 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 PreK-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
Experience Requirements: A practicum of 450 hours in an educational setting
Examination: Passing score on Massachusetts Communication and Literacy Skills Test
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: (1) Elementary - Grades PK-8, (2) Secondary - Grades 5-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: No

Massachuesetts Department of Education

MICHIGAN
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 - a Master’s Degree from an approved program in school counseling OR Emergency Certificate: Available to a candidate who has completed 30 semester hours of course work in an approved school guidance counseling program.
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. At least 300 of the 600 clock hours shall be in a school setting.
Examination: Michigan Test for Teacher Certification—Guidance Counselor Section.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes,
Background: Yes

Michigan Department of Education Certification


MINNESOTA
Educational Requirements: (Option 1) Hold a master's degree or the equivalent from a college or university that is regionally accredited and show verification of completing a Board of Teaching preparation program leading to the licensure of school counselors or  (Option 2) Provide evidence of having completed a preparation program in school counseling accredited by CACREP;
Required Coursework: See link at bottom
Experience Requirements: 400 hour practicum under the supervision of counselor educators from approved college guidance and counseling program
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: No
Background Check: National and state fingerprint check

Minnesota Licensing 

MISSISSIPPI
Education Requirements: (Option 1) Hold standard teaching license and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling; 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) Complete an approved master’s degree program for guidance and counseling which includes a full year internship; or (Option 4) Hold National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) credential issued by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Experience Requirements: If applicant does not already hold a MS teaching certificate, must complete a full-year internship.
Examination: Pass Praxis I and/or Praxis II: School Guidance and Counseling depending on option
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: No

Mississippi Department of Education

MISSOURI
Educational Requirements: (Option 1) Completion of a 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) A master’s degree or higher degree in education, school counseling, counseling, counseling psychology, or a closely related mental health discipline; and additional graduate course work specific to school counseling.
Required Coursework: (Option 1): Completion of a planned program of at least 24 semester hours of approved graduate credit in courses in guidance and counseling with at least 12 semester 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;
Experience Requirements: (Option 1) A supervised internship of at least 3 credits OR (Option 2) at least 300 hours of a supervised internship
Examination: Option 1 - None; Option 2 - Praxis II; Must achieve a score higher than 590
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must recommend for certification
Certification: (1) Elementary - Grades K-8; OR (2) Secondary - Grades 7-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes

Missouri Department of Education

MONTANA
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.
Experience Requirements: A supervised internship of at least 600 hours in a school or school related setting
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes and must be of “good moral and professional character.”

Montana License Application
Montana Educator Licensing 

NEBRASKA
Educational Requirements: Master's degree in school counseling with at least 36 semester graduate hours.
Experience Requirements: (1) Must have two years of teaching experience and (2) At least 100 clock hours of clinical experience prior to internship; and at least 450 clock hours of internship.
Examination Required:
(1) Praxis I PPST: Reading: 170, Writing: 172, and Mathematics: 171; or 
(2) Praxis I CBT: Reading: 316, Writing: 318, and Mathematics: 316; or 
(3) Content Mastery Exam for Education–Basic Skills Test (CMEEBST): Minimum Score of 850.
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-6, 4-9, 7-12, K-12
Reciprocity: No
Background Check: Yes, for all residents. Must also “be of good moral character,” have no felony conviction or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct, and have not been determined mentally incompetent

http://www.education.ne.gov/tcert/index.html
http://www.education.ne.gov/StateBoard/Support_materials/2011/May/SB_05_11_sk_Rule_21.pdf

NEVADA
Educational Requirements: (Option 1) Must hold a master’s degree or a more advanced degree in school counseling from a regionally accredited college and or university; or (Option 2) Must hold a 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) Must hold a masters degree or a more advanced degree with a major in counseling conferred by a regionally accredited college or university; or  
(Option 4) Must hold a 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 hour 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 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.
Experience Requirements: (Option 1 and 2) None; (Option 3 and 4) 280 hours of practicum, internship or field experience in school counseling at any grade level in K-12.
Examination: All applicants will be required to submit verification of completion of course work or pass the commission-approved examination(s) in Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, and the U.S. Constitution, as well as competency testing examinations with the passing score established by the Department during the life of the license.
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes, although applies only to states that are members of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contractual Agreement.
Background Check: Yes; chest X-ray or TB skin test; and must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status.

http://nvteachers.doe.nv.gov/Specialized_EdcuationPersonnel_Counselor.htm

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Educational Requirements: (Option 1) Have completed a 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.
Experience Requirements: (Options 1) Qualify for state certification as a school counselor, candidates must have completed a 600-hour internship in a general school setting under the direct supervision of a state certified school counselor with at least 2 years experience as a state certified school counselor in NH public schools; or  (Option 2) Candidates for alternative certification must have worked for three months, full time, as a school counselor before beginning the alternative certification process. This is usually accomplished from having been a certified school counselor in another state, or from taking classes, including internship classes, through a NH approved program with a view towards qualifying for alternative certification.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes. Candidates seeking to be state certified through reciprocal agreement must still verify that they have receive training and experience comparable to that which they would have received if they had graduated from a NHDOE approved graduate program in school counseling. In the case of certification through reciprocal agreement, this is done through a review of transcripts, curriculum vitae, and experience descriptions. Candidates seeking to be state certified school counselors must still have been trained in all three grade levels in order to receive certification to work in NH public schools.
Background Check: Criminal background check is required before any certification process is begun. The NHDOE sends prospective candidates for certification paperwork instructing them on who to contact to arrange for their background check. When the NHDOE receives the verification of background from the state authorities, the certification process commences.

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/ed500.html (Ed 507.07)
http://www.education.nh.gov/career/guidance/index.htm

NEW JERSEY
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 or university.
Educational Requirement (Emergency Certificate): The Office may issue an emergency certificate upon the request of the county superintendent to a candidate who meets the following requirements: (1) A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; and (2) 15 graduate semester hour credits of study from the areas above.
Required Coursework: (1) A department-approved graduate curriculum in school counseling; or
(2) A minimum of 48 graduate semester 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.
Experience Requirements: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, Unless candidate holds national certification
Certification: preK-12
Examination: None
Reciprocity: Yes, Out of state applicants qualifying under any form of reciprocity in accordance with the Interstate Certification Compact will have met the content area and professional education requirements but must pass the required test for issuance of an instructional license in a specific field. Transcripts, copies of state licenses, and original documentation of teaching experience will be reviewed to determine eligibility for reciprocity.
Background Check: Yes at the point of hire. Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants applying for instructional certification must pass an examination in physiology and hygiene, including the effects of narcotics and alcohol.

http://www.state.nj.us/education/news/2000/0919njsci.htm
http://www.nj.gov/njded/code/current/title6a/chap9.pdf (pg 263-265)

NEW MEXICO
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 six semester hours of graduate credit in school counseling coursework; (Option 3) A 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).
Experience Requirements: Option 1 and 2: None; Option 3: 300 hour practicum or internship in a school setting.
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Examination: New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment for School Counselor
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
Background Check: Yes

http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmac/parts/title06/06.063.0006.htm

NEW YORK
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 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.
Experience Requirements: (Option 1 and Option 3) - None; (Option 2) - Supervised practice in school counseling. The internship must be in a K-12 school setting under the supervision of a regionally accredited college or university having an approved program of preparation for the certificate in question. One year of paid full-time approved experience as a school counselor in PreK-12 setting may be substituted fro the internship/practice.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: (Option 1) - Yes, required for certification; (Option 2 and 3) - No
Certification: prek-12
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. The candidate must either (1) have completed an approved preparation program OR (2) possess a valid, advanced-level certificate in the other jurisdiction and three years of service. At least two of those three years must have been completed under the reciprocal certificate. Specified non-coursework requirements, such as the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and fingerprint clearance, must also be satisfied
Background Check: Yes. Fingerprint Clearance.

http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/CertRequirementHelp.do#cfocus

NORTH CAROLINA
Educational Requirements: Completion of an approved program in school counseling at the master's level or above.
Experience Requirements: None
Examination: Praxis II: School Guidance and Counseling: 570
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: North Carolina has reciprocal contracts with these states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Certain requirements specific to North Carolina, such as the Praxis Series testing requirement, are not covered by reciprocity and must be met before a clear North Carolina license can be issued.
Background Check: Yes, required at the district level.

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/administrator/

NORTH DAKOTA
Educational Requirements: Have a 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.
Experience Requirements: (1) Have two years of successful professional experience in teaching or a related human service field except as provided through provisions and (2) Hold a valid educator’s professional license or be pursuing licensure as a teacher by engaging in a course of study that will result in licensure within seven years of initial employment as a school counselor and (3) Have a Supervised school-based internship of at least 450 hours, with at least 150 hours in direct counseling services.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: Obtain a favorable letter of recommendation from the counselor’s state-approved school counseling program advisor
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: No
Background Check: Yes, FBI background check and fingerprinting.

http://www.legis.nd.gov/information/acdata/pdf/67-11-05.pdf

OHIO
Educational Requirements: Master’s degree from an approved program in school counseling
Experience Requirements: 600 contact hours in a school setting K-12 and (1) A one-year induction under the supervision of a licensed school counselor; or (2) have two years of successful teaching experience under a standard, provisional or professional teaching certificate or license; or (3) three years of experience as a licensed school counselor in another state.
Education/Experience Requirements (temporary school counseling license): A temporary school counselor license may be issued to an individual who holds a currently valid license to practice as a counselor from the Ohio counselor and social worker board who is enrolled in an approved school counselor preparation program or may be issued to an individual who holds a currently valid standard teaching certificate or professional teaching license, who is enrolled in an approved school counselor preparation programs, and who demonstrates an understanding of school counseling coursework
Examination: NTE or Praxis II: School Guidance and Counseling. Test required depends on the program completed.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, must be recommended by the Dean of Education or head of school counseling program of applicant’s school
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes, must exhibit good moral character as well.

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3301-24-05

OKLAHOMA
Educational Requirements: Master’s degree in school counseling;
Required Coursework: Completion of a two semester hour course in the education of the exceptional child; and regency credit/experience.
Experience Requirements: Two years of previous related experience.
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.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, required for certification
Certification: preK-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: No; however, districts have the option of requiring a background check.

http://www.sde.state.ok.us/teacher/ProfStand/HowCert.html
www.sde.state.ok.us

OREGON
Education Requirement: (1) A master’s or higher degree in counseling, education, or related behavioral sciences from a regionally accredited* institution in the United States and (2) a Bachelor’s degree and (3) Completion in Oregon or another U.S. jurisdiction, as part of the master’s degree or separately, of an initial graduate program in school counseling.
Required Coursework: Evidence of knowledge of laws prohibiting discrimination in Oregon. This requirement can be completed at a workshop or through a correspondence course through Oregon State University and (1) Submit Form C-2 showing that you completed a counselor education program within the last three years or (2) Submit transcripts verifying nine quarter hours of approved academic credit completed within the last three years and germane to counseling or (3) Submit verification of one year of full-time licensed educator experience in public schools or regionally accredited* private schools in the U.S. begun and completed within the last three years.
Experience Requirement: (1) Completion of a practicum approved by the commission in early childhood and elementary counseling, or in middle level and high school counseling, as part of the initial graduate program or separately and (2) Two academic years of experience as a full-time licensed teacher in a public, private, charter, or otherwise licensed school.
Examination: (1) Must score a minimum of 610 on the Praxis Test of School Guidance and Counseling; AND (2) Pass a test of basic verbal and computational skills (either Praxis I CBEST or Praxis/PPST). The professional knowledge test in school counseling may be waived if you verify five years of full-time counseling in a public school or regionally accredited* private school in the U.S. on a license valid for the assignment before obtaining any Oregon license
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, required for certification
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes via Transitional School Counselor License -The Transitional School Counselor License is a three-year nonrenewable license issued to applicants who have held an out-of-state school counselor license or who have completed an out-of-state program in school counseling. The applicant must hold a master’s degree or higher. It is valid for regular or substitute school counseling at any level.
Background Check: Yes, fingerprints

http://www.tspc.state.or.us/pub.asp?op=0&id=57

PENNSYLVANIA
Educational Requirements: Completion of an approved program in school counseling;
Required Coursework: Supervised counseling practicum experiences, prior to and separate from the field experience, providing direct service with individuals and groups (60 clock hours)
Experience Requirements: A minimum of an additional 300 clock hours of internship/supervised field experiences to include instructional experience and a minimum of 70 hours (elementary) OR 75 hours (secondary) of direct service with individual and group clients.
Examination: Must score 173 on Praxis Mathematics, 172 on Praxis Reading, and 173 on Praxis Writing. Also must score a minimum of 590 on the Praxis II School Guidance and Counseling.
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, required for certification
Certification: (1) Elementary - grades K-6; or (2) Secondary - grades 7-12
Reciprocity: No, but Pennsylvania has signed an Interstate Agreement with 45 other states/jurisdictions based upon the mutually agreed-upon conditions of that contract. They are AL, AK, AZ,AR, CA, CO, DE, DC, FL,GA,HI,ID, IL, IN, KA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MN, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC ,TN, TX , UT, VE, VA, WA, WV, WY. It should be noted, however, that in all cases, candidates for Pennsylvania certification must complete the Praxis tests required by Pennsylvania.
Background Check: Yes, for employment and have integrity and ethical behavior, professional conduct as stated in Pennsylvania’s Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators.

http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/022/chapter49/s49.102.html
http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/testing_requirements/8638/testing_requirements_in_pennsylvania/506841

RHODE ISLAND
Educational Experience: Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution; 
Required Coursework: (1) Completion of an approved program for the preparation of School Counselor Support Professional, and completion of 300 Hour Internship;  (2) Applicants who have not completed an approved program can be certified by transcript analysis by presenting evidence of the following:  Advanced degree from an approved program in School Counseling within 5 years from application date OR Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution and completion of 24 semester hours of graduate coursework in each of the following areas: Advanced degree from an approved program in School Counseling within 5 years from application date OR a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution and completion of 24 semester hours of graduate coursework in each of the following areas: Introduction to Pupil Personnel Service; Techniques of Counseling Psychological and Educational Assessment; Vocational and Educational Placement;  A minimum of 3 semester hour internship in School Counseling
Experience Requirements: Demonstration of meeting the Content Competencies as prescribed by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: PreK-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: At the District Level

http://www.ride.ri.gov/educatorquality/certification/Certification%20Docs/Req_2012/SP_SchCouns_Req.pdf
http://www.ride.ri.gov/Default.aspx

SOUTH CAROLINA
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.
Experience Requirements: None
Examination: (1) Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): 165 AND (2) Praxis II: School Guidance and Counseling: 550
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes, Undergo a criminal records check by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and a national criminal records check supported by fingerprints conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

https://ed.sc.gov/agency/act/se/ec/cert/certpdf/teachercertificationmanual.pdf
http://ed.sc.gov/agency/ee/Educator-Services/Licensure/Required-Examinations.cfm

SOUTH DAKOTA
Educational Requirements: Master’s degree in school counseling and guidance.
Required Coursework: (1) Completion of a Human Relations and (2) South Dakota Indian studies workshop and must study or experience the following: (1) Study of social, emotional, and cultural issues, including parent/family education, child abuse, substance abuse, human sexuality, sex equity, and androgynous issues; (2) Study of the philosophies, organizational structures, counseling theories, professional organizations, and activities related to comprehensive school counseling; (3) Advocacy for the child; Career counseling; (4) Referral processes to community, public, private, medical, social, and educational agencies; (5) Individual and group counseling; (6) Assisting in the development of individual education plans; (7) Assessing and interpreting learner intelligence, aptitude, behaviors, interest, achievement, and patterns.
Experience Requirements: 600 clock hour school internship under the supervision of a certified school counselor.
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: PreK-12
Examination: None
Reciprocity: No
Background Check: At district level

http://doe.sd.gov/oatq/documents/TeacherCertProfessional%20Prep.pdf
http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2011/Bills/HB1070ENR.pdf
http://doe.sd.gov/board/packets/documents/May09/11_NationalCounselorCert.pdf

TENNESSEE
Educational Requirements: (Option 1) Complete a graduate degree with an approved preparation program in school guidance and counseling or (Option 2) Hold a graduate degree in community/agency counseling and must be enrolled in a approved graduate program in school counseling and has completed at least 30 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.
Experience Requirements: (1) Internship will be on a full time basis for at least one semester in length. Guidance and counseling experiences at both the preK-6 and 7-12 grade levels will be provided to the candidate during the internship or practicum and (2) School counselor candidates without teaching experience will have a one semester long orientation experience in a school as an early part of the preparation program. The orientation experience will be structured to provide observation, participation in, and analysis of classroom instruction.
Examination: Praxis II: School Guidance & Counseling, Minimum 580
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes recommended for licensure by the Dean of Education and the Certification Office of the college/university
Certification: Pre K-12
Reciprocity: Yes. 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.
Background Check: Yes at the district level.

http://state.tn.us/education/lic/doc/accttchlicstds.pdf (pg. 297-302)
http://state.tn.us/education/lic/nte.shtml

TEXAS
Educational Requirements: Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; successfully complete a school counselor preparation program.
Experience Requirements: Must have two years of classroom teaching experience.
Examination: Minimum score of 240 on School Counselor Exam (TExES #152)
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: preK-12
Reciprocity: No
Background Check: Yes, national fingerprint-based background check.

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index.aspx?id=4201
http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/Additional_Certifications/Student_Services_Certificates/

UTAH
Education Requirements: Completion of an accredited counselor education program.
Experience Requirements: Completed an approved 600 hour field experience (400 hours if the applicant has completed two or more years of successful teaching experience as approved by USOE licensing).
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes, Utah is a member of the Compact for Interstate Qualification of Educational Personnel

http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/guidance_licensing.html
http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-502.htm#T6

VERMONT
Educational Requirements: Master’s degree in school counseling or its equivalent.
Experience Requirements: A supervised internship experience (600 clock hours) in counseling with a minimum of 60 hours of experience in school counseling at both the elementary (PK-6) and middle/secondary (7-12) levels, under the supervision of a licensed school counselor.
Examination: Praxis I: Must have a minimum score of 177 in reading, 174 in writing and 175 in mathematics UNLESS have a minimum of 1000 on the SAT’s OR 1100 on GRE’s OR 22 on the ACT’s
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: PreK-12
Reciprocity: Yes. All states are recognized by Vermont for reciprocity except IA, and MN. A candidate has a current, comparable license (teacher, or administrator) from a state with which Vermont has signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement provided the candidate can demonstrate at least 3 years of successful work in a school within the past 7 years in the licensure endorsement or subject area. Those who do not meet this condition can obtain licensure through Vermont’s Alternative Route: The Peer Review process.
Background Check: Yes, criminal background check, and fingerprinting.

http://education.vermont.gov/new/pdfdoc/pgm_prostandards/vsbpe/rules/5440_endorsements/teacher_school_counselor_0608.pdf

VIRGINIA
Educational Requirements: (Option 1) An earned master's degree from an approved counselor education program; or  (Option 2) An earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university and certification from an approved counselor education program that the candidate has completed sufficient course work and clinical experience to acquire the competencies described herein.
Experience Requirements: (Option 1) At least 100 clock hours of clinical experiences in the preK-6 setting and 100 clock hours of clinical experiences in the grades 7-12 setting; (Option 2) Two years of successful, full-time teaching experience or two years of successful, full-time experience in guidance and counseling. Two years of successful, full-time experience in guidance and counseling under a provisional license may be accepted to meet this requirement.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: PreK-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: No

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/application.pdf
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/school_counseling/index.shtml

WASHINGTON
Educational Requirements: The candidate shall have completed all requirements for the master's degree (except special projects or thesis) with a major in counseling.
Experience Requirements: None
Examination: The candidate shall have successfully completed a written comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree. This examination shall be an examination of a regionally accredited institution of higher education OR the National Counselor Examination (NCE) of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=181-79A-221

WEST VIRGINIA
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.
Experience Requirements: None
Examination: Praxis II: School Guidance & Counseling score of 580.
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: No. Must be U.S. citizen. Must present evidence of good moral character and personal physical, emotional, and mental fitness to perform the duties of a counselor.

http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p5202.pdf (pg. 128)

WISCONSIN
Educational Requirements: A master's degree from an approved school counseling and guidance program and the institutional endorsement.
Experience Requirements: (1) Eligibility for a WI license to teach in the elementary/secondary schools and two years of successful teaching experience at the elementary/secondary school levels; or 
or (2) Completion of an approved one year full-time internship in school counseling; or (3) A minimum of two years of successful experience as a licensed school counselor in an assigned position of 1/2 time or more.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, if do not have experience requirement completed at the time of hire
Certification: K –12
Reciprocity: No. In most cases WI license based on completion of a state approved program, not based on licensure in another state. However, IF you went to school in either Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma or South Dakota it will help if you have a license from that state because WI has an exchange agreement with those specific states
Background Check: Yes

http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pi34.html#initialeducatorlicense3431

WYOMING
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.
Experience Requirements: (1) Eligibility for a license to teach and 2 years of successful teaching experience; or  (2) An approved one-year full-time internship in school counseling or (3) a minimum of 2 years of successful experience as a school counselor in an assigned position of one-half time or more OR (4) three years of comparable experience in a human services setting.
Examination: Applicants are required to demonstrate knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution either through coursework or an exam
Institution Recommendation Required?: No
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: Yes
Background Check: Yes

http://ptsb.state.wy.us/Licensure/AdditionalSchoolPersonnel/SchoolCounselor/tabid/147/Default.aspx
http://ptsb.state.wy.us/