Counseling: School Counseling Licensure-Only

Licensure Program

School Counseling

Quick Facts

  • 27–33 credits
  • 1- or 2-year program
  • Face-to-face
  • Small student-to-faculty experience
  • 200-hour Effective Teaching field placement for candidates without a teaching license or equivalent teaching experience
  • 600-hour school counseling field placement including experience at the elementary and middle/high school levels (3rd year)

The School Counseling licensure-only program is for individuals who have completed a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or social work, who are pursuing their preliminary school counseling license. Our program prepares counselors to be change agents and advocates within the school environment promoting equity for all students to grow personally, socially, academically, and to achieve their life-long educational and career goals. 

Students enrolled in the Licensure-Only program must be graduates from an accredited master's program in counseling, psychology, or social work that included a clinical practicum focused on individual and group counseling skills. Licensure Only eligibility does not include graduate degrees in teaching or education. The program is designed to meet the requirements for the preliminary school counselor license approved by TSPC.

The Licensure-Only program is a one or two year program and includes 27-33 credits. Students begin courses in the summer, fall, or winter after acceptance. Licensure can be recommended following completion of the final course and a Professional Practice Portfolio. Students may waive up to three equivalent courses taken during prior graduate experience upon acceptance and by approval of program coordinator.


Catherine Nyhan
Program Coordinator


Erica Soule
Admissions Advisor

Program Benefits

  • Program fulfills requirements to be licensed as a school counselor in the state of Oregon
  • Learn how to develop and implement a Comprehensive School Counseling
  • Program according to the ASCA National Model and Oregon Framework 
  • Individualized program of study based on your previous educational and work experiences and professional goals

Program Specifics

  • Face-to-face classes
  • Small student-to-faculty experience
  • 1 or 2-year program
  • Begin in summer, fall, or winter
  • 27-33 credits
  • 200-hour Effective Teaching field placement for candidates without a teaching license or equivalent teaching experience
  • 600-hour school counseling field placement including experience at the elementary and middle/high school level (3rd year)

About the program

The PSU School Counseling Program prepares professional school counselors to work effectively and collaboratively in complex systems to promote equity and growth for all students, families, and communities. At PSU, we understand the role of the school counselor as an agent of change, growth, and resilience within the educational system. School counselors are equipped to support students in their academic, personal and social, and career and college goals and eliminate barriers to success. Our program emphasizes trauma-informed practice, equity and social justice practice, developmentally responsive prevention and intervention in schools, and developing strong integration between theory, research, and practice. 

Our students have three years of training with hands-on experience in school environments every year of the program, including a year-long teaching practicum and a year-long, dual internship placement at two schools. 

Students are prepared to provide individual and small-group counseling, facilitate core counseling curriculum delivery in classrooms, respond to individual and school-wide crises, collaborate with other school leaders and mental health professionals to support student success, practice and promote equity, advocate for constructive program and school-wide change.

School counseling candidates complete a Participatory Action Research project at one of their internship sites allowing them to put a comprehensive school counseling program into action in the field prior to graduation. They also complete a Professional Practice Portfolio (eportfolio) demonstrating their accomplishments, professional competence, and expertise developed across their program of study.

Our graduates

Our graduates are employed in public and private elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools; community and public colleges, and as school-based counselors.


The School Counseling program is accredited by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).