School Counselors Seeking Professional Counseling Licensure
If you have a School Counseling credential and have completed 60 hours of counseling courses, you may be eligible to apply for the Kentucky License Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) credential. The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Counselors has been approving licensure for graduates of School Counseling degrees pending all requirements are met (including a supervised 600-hour internship and diagnoses-related course). Professional experience does not count towards licensure requirements. For information regarding whether you are eligible to apply for the state license, see Sample LPCA Application. As an academic program, we cannot assure anyone licensure unless they have graduated from our CACREP-accredited programs. If after reviewing the state application requirements and contacting the board, you believe you may be eligible, contact our Counseling Clinical Coordinator to discuss which courses you need to complete. To take remaining courses, you can apply to the WKU Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student and request to be registered if the course is closed to non-majors.
Seeking Professional Counseling Licensure in Tennessee
Our Counseling programs are CACREP-accredited and therefore prepare students to meet licensure across state lines. However, post-graduate requirements may differ. For example, the Tennessee Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapists does not have a provisional license (like the Licensure Professional Counselor Associate in Kentucky) but offers a temporary license if needed. See TN LPC/MHSP State Licensing Requirements for more information. If you plan to work in substance abuse, you may also wish to become a Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor as experience and hours required for this application may also count towards the TN Professional Counselor application and supervised clinical hours can overlap.