Licensure and Certification

Upon completion of the Master of Science degree in School Counseling, students should take and pass the Praxis exam: Professional School Counseling- 5421 (www.ets.org). Students work with their graduate program office, local education agency (LEA) and/or the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) to obtain K-12 school counselor licensure. Students interested in pursuing additional counseling licensure and certification beyond school counseling, should take the National Counseling Exam (www.nbcc.org/NCE) offered by National Board for Certified Counselors (www.nbcc.org). Passing this exam allows students to apply for licensure in the state of North Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (www.ncblpc.org). Students who pass the NCE can also be recognized as board eligible by NBCC and apply for National Certified Counselor (NCC) status immediately following graduation.   

Current students should contact their advisor for additional information. Students interested in the program can contact the program coordinator, Dr. Angel Dowden at amdowden@ncat.edu or 336-334-7916 for additional information.