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School Counseling Initial I License

School counselors in Oregon are licensed through the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Once a student has completed their program of study and all required tests and workshops, they may apply to be recommended for licensure.

Requirements for licensure change frequently and students are responsible for staying up-to-date on licensure requirements.

After September 1, 2010: all applicants for Oregon Initial licenses are required to submit passing scores on the ORELA: Civil Rights test.

According to TSPC OAR 584-052-0010, graduates must apply for the Initial I license within three years of program completion. After three years, additional program coursework will apply.

Students may also wish to earn certification as a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC).


LPC licensure

School Counseling students completing specified courses in their master’s program may be eligible to apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Oregon. The licensure statutes can be found online at These statutes outline requirements for: a) education, b) exam, and c) post-master's experience under supervision.

The state licensing board does recognize a satisfactory score from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Because PSU is CACREP accredited, the NBCC allows students to apply for and take the national exam prior to graduation. Therefore, many of you may want to take the exam at the time you are completing your program of studies. Please note that NBCC requires a minimum of five-quarter hours in eight of 10 categories.

When PSU's Counselor Education program was approved by the state licensing board, the following provision was made:

Graduates completing the master's program will be allowed to utilize the direct clinical service hours documented in their master's program toward the 2,400 clock hours required for licensure. NBCC has now increased required clock hours of experience to 2,400 prior to the awarding of the NCC credential.

Note: Graduation from the department does not automatically equate with positive endorsement for licensure from the department faculty.