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Review the counseling licensing requirements for each state:

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State Professional Counseling Licensing Boards

ALABAMA

Board of Examiners in Counseling
950 22nd Street North, Suite 765
Birmingham, AL 35203
800/822-3307
205/458-8716
205/458-8718 (fax) www.abec.alabama.gov

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC)

    ALASKA

    Board of Professional Counselors
    P.O. Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    907/465-2551
    907/465-2974 (fax) www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/ppco.htm

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    ARIZONA

    Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
    3443 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1700
    Phoenix, AZ 85012
    602/542-1882
    602/364-0890 (fax) [email protected] http://azbbhe.us

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

    ARKANSAS

    Board of Examiners in Counseling
    P.O. Box 70
    Magnolia, AR 71754
    870/901-7055
    870/234-1842 (fax) [email protected] www.arkansas.gov/abec

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

    CALIFORNIA

    Board of Behavioral Sciences 1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite S-200 Sacramento, CA 95834 916/574-7830 916/574-8626 (fax)

    [email protected] [email protected] www.bbs.ca.gov

    Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
    Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI)

    COLORADO

    Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
    Denver, CO 80202
    303/894-7766
    303/894-7764 (fax) [email protected] www.dora.state.co.us/mental-health

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor
    *This credential will permanently end on June 30, 2011.

    CONNECTICUT

    Department of Public Health
    Professional Counselor Licensure
    410 Capitol Avenue, MS #12APP
    P.O. Box 340308
    Hartford, CT 06134-0308
    860/509-7603
    860/509-8457 (fax) [email protected] http://www.ct.gov/dph/

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    DELAWARE

    Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals
    Cannon Building
    861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 203
    Dover, DE 19904-2467
    302/744-4500
    302/739-2711 (fax) http://dpr.delaware.gov/

    Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH)
    Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH)

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    Board of Professional Counseling
    717 14th Street, NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20005
    877/672-2174
    202/727-8471 (fax) http://hpla.doh.dc.gov/hpla/site/default.asp

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    FLORIDA

    Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling
    4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C-08
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
    850/245-4474
    850/921-5389 (fax) [email protected] http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
    Provisional Mental Health Counselor
    Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

    GEORGIA

    Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists
    237 Coliseum Drive
    Macon, GA 31217
    478/207-2440
    866/888-7127 (fax) http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/counselors/

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Associate Licensed Professional Counselor (LAPC) GUAM

    Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners 651 Legacy Square Commercial Complex S. Rte. 10, Suite 9, Mangilao, Guam 96913 671/735-7406/8
    671/735-7413
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

     

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    HAWAII

    Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs – PVL
    Mental Health Counselor Program
    P.O. Box 3469
    Honolulu, HI 96801
    (808) 586-2693 [email protected] www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/programs/mental/

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

    IDAHO

    State Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists
    700 W. State Street, First Floor
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720
    208/334-3233
    208/334-3945 (fax) [email protected] http://www.ibol.idaho.gov/

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Registered Counselor Intern

    ILLINOIS

    Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board
    320 W. Washington Street, 3rd Floor
    Springfield, IL 62786
    217/785-0800
    217/524-6735 (TDD)
    217/782-7645 (fax) www.idfpr.com/dpr/who/prfcns.asp

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    INDIANA

    Behavioral Health & Human Services Licensing Board
    402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    317/234-2064
    317/233-4236 (fax) [email protected] www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

    IOWA

    Board of Behavioral Science
    Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
    321 E. 12th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    515/281-4422
    515/281-3121 (fax) http://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Behavioral-Science

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

    KANSAS

    Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
    712 S. Kansas Avenue
    Topeka, KS 66603
    785/296-3240
    785/296-3112 (fax) http://www.ksbsrb.org/

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    KENTUCKY

    Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
    P.O. Box 1360
    Frankfort, KY 40602
    502/564-3296, x239
    502/564-4818 (fax) http://lpc.ky.gov

    Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)

    LOUISIANA

    Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
    8631 Summa Avenue
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    225/765-2515
    225/765-2514 (fax) [email protected] www.lpcboard.org

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC)

    MAINE

    Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
    35 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333
    207/624-8674
    888/577-6690 TTY
    207/624-8637 (fax) http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Conditional LCPC
    Conditional LPC
    Registered Counselor
    *As of August 1, 2008, the Board is no longer issuing initial licenses in this category, however current Registered Counselors may continue to renew.

    MARYLAND

    Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and Therapists
    4201 Patterson Avenue, 3rd Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21215
    410/764-4732
    410/358-1610 (fax) http://dhmh.maryland.gov/bopc

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
    Certified Professional Counselor (CPC)
    *As of 10-01-08 this credential is no longer available to new applicants, however current CPCs may continue to renew. Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

    MASSACHUSETTS

    Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professionals
    Division of Professional Licensure
    1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
    Boston, MA 02118
    617/727-3080
    617/727-2197 (fax) www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/mh

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

    MICHIGAN

    Board of Counseling
    P.O. Box 30670
    Lansing, MI 48909
    517/335-0918
    517/373-2179 (fax) [email protected] www.michigan.gov/healthlicense

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC)

    MINNESOTA

    Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy
    2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 210
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612/617-2178
    800/627-3529 TTY
    612/617-2187 (fax) [email protected] www.bbht.state.mn.us

    Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    MISSISSIPPI

    State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors
    P.O. Box 1497
    129 E. Jefferson Street
    Yazoo City, MS 39194
    662/716-3932
    888/860-7001
    662/716-3021 (fax) www.lpc.state.ms.us

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    MISSOURI

    Committee for Professional Counselors
    3605 Missouri Boulevard
    P.O. Box 1335
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
    573/751-0018
    800/735-2966 TTY
    573/751-0735 (fax) [email protected] http://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC)

    MONTANA

    Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors
    301 S. Park, 4th Floor
    P.O. Box 200513
    Helena, MT 59620
    406/841-2391 or 2392
    406/841-2305 (fax) [email protected] http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/swp_board/board_page.asp

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

    NEBRASKA

    Board of Mental Health Practice
    P.O. Box 94986
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    402/471-2117
    402/471-3577 (fax) www.dhhs.ne.gov/crl/mhcs/mental/mentalindex.htm

    Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor (LIMHP-CPC/LPC) Licensed Mental Health Practitioner-Certified Professional Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor (LMHP-CPC/LPC) Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)
    Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP)

    NEVADA

    Board of Examiners for Marriage & Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors
    P.O. Box 370130
    Las Vegas, NV 89137-0130
    702-486-7388
    702-486-7258 (fax) [email protected] http://marriage.state.nv.us/

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
    Licensed Clinical Counselor Intern

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    Board of Mental Health Practice
    117 Pleasant Street
    Concord, NH 03301
    603/271-6762
    800/735-2954 TDD
    603/271-3950 (fax) www.nh.gov/mhpb

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

    NEW JERSEY

    Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
    Professional Counselor Examiners Committee
    P.O. Box 45007
    Newark, NJ 07101
    973/504-6582
    973/648-3536 (fax)
     http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pc/Pages/default.aspx

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

    NEW MEXICO

    Counseling and Therapy Practice Board
    2550 Cerrillos Road
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    505/476-4610
    505/476-4633 (fax) [email protected] www.rld.state.nm.us/counseling

    Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC)
    Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPC)
    *The Board is no longer issuing initial licenses in this cateogory, however current LPCs may continue to renew. Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

    NEW YORK

    State Board for Mental Health Practitioners
    89 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12234-1000
    518/474-3817, x450
    518/486-2981 (fax) [email protected] http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhclic.htm

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

    NORTH CAROLINA

    Board of Licensed Professional Counselors P.O. Box 77819 Greensboro, NC 27417 844/622-3572 or 336/217-6007 336/217-9450 (fax) [email protected] http://www.ncblpc.org

     

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA)
    Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS)

    NORTH DAKOTA

    Board of Counselor Examiners
    2112 10th Ave SE
    Mandan, ND 58554
    701/667-5969
    *same number for both phone and fax [email protected] www.ndbce.org

    Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC)

    OHIO

    Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board
    50 West Broad Street, Suite 1075
    Columbus, OH 43215
    614/466-0912
    614/728-7790 (fax) [email protected] http://cswmft.ohio.gov

    Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Professional Counselor/Clinical Resident

    OKLAHOMA

    State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
    1000 N.E. 10th Street
    Oklahoma City, OK 73117
    405/271-6030
    405/271-1918 (fax) [email protected] http://pcl.health.ok.gov

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    OREGON

    Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
    3218 Pringle Road, SE, Suite 250
    Salem, OR 97302-6312
    503/378-5499
    503/373-1427 (fax) [email protected] www.oregon.gov/oblpct

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Registered Intern

    PENNSYLVANIA

    State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors
    P.O. Box 2649
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
    717/783-1389
    717/787-7769 (fax) [email protected] http://www.dos.pa.gov/social

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    PUERTO RICO

    Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
    P.O. Box 10200
    San Juan, PR 00908
    787/765-2929 www.salud.gov.pr

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Professional Counselor with Provisional License (PCPL)

    RHODE ISLAND

    Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists
    3 Capitol Hill, Room 104
    Providence, RI 02908
    401/222-2828
    401/222-1272 (fax) www.health.ri.gov/hsr/professions/mf_counsel.php

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

    SOUTH CAROLINA

    Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists
    P.O. Box 11329
    Columbia, SC 29211-1329
    803/896-4665
    803/896-4719 (fax) www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/counselors

    To obtain an application for licensure please contact the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), an affiliate of NBCC, at:
    (888) 817-8283 [email protected] www.cce-global.org

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I)

    SOUTH DAKOTA

    Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists
    P.O. Box 2164
    Sioux Falls, SD 57101
    605/331-2927
    605/331-2043 (fax) [email protected] http://dhs.sd.gov/brd/counselor

    Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health (LPC-MH)
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    TENNESSEE

    Board for Professional Counselors, Marital & Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists
    227 French Landing, Suite 300
    Nashville, TN 37243
    615/532-3202, x 25138
    800/778-4123, x 25138
    615/532-5369 (fax) http://health.state.tn.us/boards/PC_MFT&CPT/

    Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP)
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    TEXAS

    State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
    P.O. Box 149347, MC 1982
    Austin, TX 78714
    512/834-6658
    512/834-6677 (fax) [email protected] www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-I)

    UTAH

    Professional Counselor Licensing Board
    P.O. Box 146741
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
    801/530-6628
    866/275-3675 (Utah toll-free number)
    801/530-6511 (fax) http://dopl.utah.gov/licensing/professional_counseling.html

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Associate Professional Counselor
    Associate Professional Counselor Extern

    VERMONT

    Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners
    National Life Building, North Floor 2
    Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
    1-800-439-8683 (in-state)
    802/828-2390
    802/828-2465 (fax) http://vtprofessionals.org

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

    VIRGINIA

    Board of Counseling
    Perimeter Center
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23233
    804/367-4610
    804/527-4435 (fax) [email protected] www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    WASHINGTON

    Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers Advisory Committee
    P.O. Box 47877
    Olympia, WA 98504-7877
    360/236-4700
    360/236-4818 (fax) [email protected] http://www.doh.wa.gov/licensing/

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)
    Certified Counselor (CC)
    Certified Adviser (CA)
    Agency Affiliated Counselor (AAC)

    WEST VIRGINIA

    Board of Examiners in Counseling
    815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212
    Charleston, WV 25301
    304/558-5494
    800/520-3852
    304/558-5496 (fax) [email protected] www.wvbec.org

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

    WISCONSIN

    Examining Board of Marriage & Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Social Workers
    P.O. Box 8935
    Madison, WI 53708
    608/266-2112
    608/261-7083 (fax) http://drl.wi.gov/board_detail.asp?boardid=32&locid=0 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Professional Counselor Trainee

    WYOMING

    Mental Health Professions Licensing Board
    1800 Carey Avenue, 4th Floor
    Cheyenne, WY 82002
    307/777-3628
    307/777-3508 (fax) [email protected] http://plboards.state.wy.us/mentalhealth/index.asp

    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    Provisional Professional Counselor (PPC)


    State School Counseling Licensing Boards

    ALABAMA

    Department of EducationTeacher Education & CertificationPO Box 302101Montgomery, AL 36130(334) 353-8567[email protected]www.alsde.edu

    School Counselor [P-12]

    ALASKA

    Department of Education and Early DevelopmentTeacher Certification801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200PO Box 110500Juneau, AK 99811(907) 465-2831[email protected]www.eed.state.ak.usSchool Counselor [grade levels vary]

    ARIZONA

    Department of EducationTeacher CertificationPO Box 6490Phoenix, AZ 85005(602) 542-4367[email protected]www.ade.az.gov/certification

    Guidance Counselor [PreK-12]

    ARKANSAS

    Department of EducationProfessional LicensureArch Ford Education Bldg.4 State Capitol Mall,Room 106BLittle Rock, AR 72201(501) 682-4342http://arkansased.org

    School Counselor [P-8] [7-12] [P-12]

    CALIFORNIA

    Commission on Teacher Credentialing1900 Capital AvenueSacramento, CA 95811(916) 327-1461(888) 921-2682[email protected]www.ctc.ca.gov

    School Counselor [PreK-12]

    COLORADO

    Department of EducationEducator Licensing201 E. Colfax Avenue, Room 105Denver, CO 80203-1799(303) 866-6628[email protected]www.cde.state.co.us

    School Counselor [Birth-21]

    CONNECTICUT

    Department of EducationBureau of Educator Standards and CertificationPO Box 150471, Room 243Hartford, CT 06115-0471(860) 713-6969[email protected]http://www.ct.gov/sde/cert

    School Counselor [PreK-12]

    DELAWARE

    Department of EducationCertification401 Federal Street, Suite 2Dover, DE 19901-3639(302) 735-4120http://deeds.doe.k12.de.us

    Elementary Counselor [1-6]Middle School Counselor [5-8]*must have either an Elementary or Secondary School Counselor CertificateSecondary Counselor [9-12]

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    Educator Licensure & Accreditation810 First Street, NE, 5th FloorWashington, DC 20002(202) 741-5881[email protected] www.osse.dc.gov

    School Counselor [K-12]

    FLORIDA

    Department of EducationBureau of Educator Certification325 West Gaines StreetTurlington Bldg., Room 201Tallahassee, FL 32399(850) 245-9796(800) 445-6739[email protected]www.fldoe.org/edcert

    School Counselor [PK-12]

    GEORGIA

    Professional Standards CommissionTwo Peachtree Street,Suite 6000Atlanta, GA 30303(404) 232-2500(800) 869-7775www.gapsc.com

    School Counselor [P-12]

    GUAM

    Guam Public School SystemPO Box DEHagåtña, GU 96932(671) 475-0441www.gdoe.net

    Guidance Counselor [K-12]

    HAWAII

    Teacher Standards Board650 Iwilei Road, #201Honolulu, HI 96817(808) 586-2600[email protected]www.htsb.org

    School Counselor [K-6] [7-12] [K-12]

    IDAHO

    Department of EducationTeacher Certification PO Box 83720Boise, ID 83720-0027(208) 332-6880www.sde.idaho.gov/site/teacher_certification

    School Counselor [K-12]

    ILLINOIS

    State Board of EducationEducator Certification100 N. First Street, S-306Springfield, IL 62777(217) 557-6763www.isbe.state.il.us/certification

    School Counselor [K-12]

    INDIANA

    Department of EducationEducator Licensing & Development151 W. Ohio StreetIndianapolis, IN 46204(317) 232-9010(866) 542-3672[email protected]www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing

    School Counselor [P-12]

    IOWA

    Board of Educational ExaminersGrimes Building, 3rd Floor400 East 14th StreetDes Moines, IA 50319(515) 281-3245www.boee.iowa.gov

    Elementary School Counselor [K-8]Secondary School Counselor [5-12]

    KANSAS

    Department of EducationTeacher Education and Licensure120 SE 10th AvenueTopeka, KS 66612-1182(785) 291-3678www.ksde.org/

    School Counselor [PreK-12]

    KENTUCKY

    Education Professional Standards BoardDivision of Certification100 Airport Road, 3rd FloorFrankfort, KY 40601(502) 564-4606(888) 598-7667[email protected]www.kyepsb.net

    Guidance Counselor [PreK-12]

    LOUISIANA

    Department of EducationDivision of Certification, Preparation, & RecruitmentPO Box 94064Baton Rouge, LA 70804(225) 342-3490(877) 453-2721www.teachlouisiana.net

    School Counselor [K-12]

    MAINE

    Department of EducationCertification Office23 State House StationAugusta, ME 04333(207) 624-6603[email protected]http://maine.gov/education/cert/

    School Guidance Counselor [K-12]

    MARYLAND

    Department of EducationCertification200 W. Baltimore StreetBaltimore, MD 21201(410) 767-0412(866) 772-8922 (toll-free)(410) 333-6442 TTY/TDDhttp://www.mdcert.org

    Guidance Counselor [PreK-12]

    MASSACHUSETTS

    Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationOffice of Educator Licensure75 Pleasant StreetMalden, MA 02148(781) 338-6600www.doe.mass.edu/educators

    School Guidance Counselor [PreK-8] [5-12]

    MICHIGAN

    Department of EducationOffice of Professional Preparation ServicesPO Box 30008Lansing, MI 48909(517) 373-3310www.michigan.gov/mde

    School Counselor [K-8] [6-12] [K-12]

    MINNESOTA

    Department of EducationEducator Licensing1500 Highway 36 WestRoseville, MN 55113(651) 582-8691(651) 582-8201 TTY[email protected]www.education.state.mn.us

    School Counselor [K-12]

    MISSISSIPPI

    Department of EducationOffice of Educator LicensurePO Box 771Jackson, MS 39205(601) 359-3483www.mde.k12.ms.us

    Guidance Counselor [K-12]

    MISSOURI

    Department of Elementary & Secondary EducationEducator Certification205 Jefferson StreetPO Box 480Jefferson City, MO 65102(573) 751-0051[email protected]http://dese.mo.gov

    School Counselor [K-8] [7-12]

    MONTANA

    Office of Public InstructionEducator LicensurePO Box 202501Helena, MT 59620-2501(406) 444-3150[email protected]www.opi.mt.gov/cert

    School Counselor [K-12]

    NEBRASKA

    Department of EducationTeacher Certification301 Centennial Mall SouthPO Box 94987Lincoln, NE 68509-4987(402) 471-0739[email protected]www.education.ne.gov/tcert

    School Guidance Counselor [K-6] [4-9] [7-12] [K-12]

    NEVADA

    Department of EducationTeacher LicensureSouthern Office 9890 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 231, Room 234Las Vegas, NV 89183(702) 486-6458[email protected]

    Northern Office700 East Fifth Street, Suite 105Carson City, NV 89701(775) 687-9115http://nvteachers.doe.nv.gov

    School Counselor [K-12]

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    Department of EducationBureau of Credentialing101 Pleasant StreetConcord, NH 03301(603) 271-3494www.education.nh.gov

    School Guidance Counselor [K-12]

    NEW JERSEY

    Department of EducationOffice of Licensure & CredentialsPO Box 500Trenton, NJ 08625-0500(609) 292-2070www.nj.gov/education/educators/license

    School Counselor [P-12]

    NEW MEXICO

    Public Education DepartmentProfessional Licensure BureauEducation Building300 Don Gaspar StreetSanta Fe, NM 87501(505) 827-5821[email protected]www.ped.state.nm.us/licensure

    School Counselor [PreK-12]

    NEW YORK

    State Education DepartmentOffice of Teaching InitiativesCertificationEducation Building, 5N89 Washington AvenueAlbany, NY 12234(518) 474-3901(800) 855-2880 TTYwww.highered.nysed.gov/tcert

    School Counselor [PreK-12]

    NORTH CAROLINA

    Department of Public InstructionLicensure Section6365 Mail Service CenterRaleigh, NC 27699-6365(919) 807-3310 (outside NC)(800) 577-7994 (in-state)http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/licensure

    School Counselor [K-12]

    NORTH DAKOTA

    Department of Public Instruction600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Department 201Bismarck, ND 58505-0440(701) 328-4571http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/approve/School Counselor [PreK-12]

    OHIO

    Department of EducationEducator Licensure25 S. Front Street, MS 105Columbus, OH 43215(614) 466-3593[email protected]http://education.ohio.gov

    School Counselor [K-12]

    OKLAHOMA

    Department of EducationProfessional StandardsTeacher Certification2500 N. Lincoln BoulevardOklahoma City, OK 73105(405) 521-3337www.sde.state.ok.us

    Elementary Counselor [K-8]Secondary Counselor [9-12]School Counselor [PK-12]

    OREGON

    Teaching Standards and Practices Commission465 Commercial St. NESalem, OR 97301(503) 378-3586www.tspc.state.or.us

    School Counselor [grade levels vary]

    PENNSYLVANIA

    Department of EducationBureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality333 Market StreetHarrisburg, PA 17126-0333(717) 787-3356www.education.state.pa.us

    Elementary School Counselor [K-6]Secondary School Counselor [7-12]

    PUERTO RICO

    Department of Educationhttp://www.de.gobierno.pr/School Guidance Counselor [PK-12]**All school guidance counselors must first be licensed in Puerto Rico as aLicensed Professional Counselor (LPC)PR Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors(787) 765-2929www.salud.gov.pr

    RHODE ISLAND

    Department of Elementary & Secondary EducationEducator Quality & Certification255 Westminister StreetProvidence, RI 02903(401) 222-4600, ext. 2003[email protected]www.ride.ri.gov

    School Counselor [PK-12]

    SOUTH CAROLINA

    Department of EducationEducator CertificationLandmark II Building3700 Forest Drive, Suite 500Columbia, SC 29204(803) 734-8466(877) 885-5280 (in-state toll-free)[email protected]www.scteachers.org/cert

    Guidance Counselor [grade levels vary]

    SOUTH DAKOTA

    Department of EducationAccreditation & Teacher QualityTeacher Certification800 Governors DrivePierre, SD 57501(605) 773-3553[email protected]http://doe.sd.gov/

    School Counselor [P-12]

    TENNESSEE

    Department of EducationTeacher LicensingAndrew Johnson Tower710 James Robertson Pkwy.,4th FloorNashville, TN 37243(615) 532-4885[email protected]www.tn.gov/education/lic

    School Counselor [PreK-12]

    TEXAS

    Texas Education AgencyEducator Certification, Standards, & Investigations1701 North Congress Ave.,WBT 5-100Austin, TX 78701(512) 936-8400(888) 863-5880www.tea.state.tx.us

    School Counselor [EC-12]

    UTAH

    Office of EducationTeaching & Learning250 E. 500 SouthPO Box 144200Salt Lake City, UT 84114(801) 538-7740www.schools.utah.gov/cert/

    School Counselor [K-12]

    VERMONT

    Department of EducationEducator Licensing120 State StreetMontpelier, VT 05620-2501(802) 828-2445[email protected]www.education.vermont.gov

    School Counselor [PreK-12]

    VIRGINIA

    Department of EducationTeacher Education and LicensureJames Monroe BuildingPO Box 2120Richmond, VA 23218-2120(804) 225-2022[email protected]www.doe.virginia.gov

    School Counselor [PreK-12]

    VIRGIN ISLANDS

    Department of Education(St. Thomas location)PO Box 11900Dronningens Grade Nos. 60B, 61, and 62St. Thomas, VI 00801(340) 774-4546

    Department of Education (St. Croix location)Sunny Isles Professional Building, Suite 1St. Croix, VI 00820(340) 772-4144

    [email protected]www.teachusvi.net

    School Counselor [K-12]

    WASHINGTON

    Professional Education & CertificationPO Box 47200Olympia, WA 98504-7200(360) 725-6400(360) 664-3631 (TTY)[email protected]www.k12.wa.us/certification

    School Counselor [P-12]

    WEST VIRGINIA

    Department of EducationOffice of Professional PreparationBuilding 6, Room 2521900 Kanawha Blvd. EastCharleston, WV 25305(304) 558-7010(800) 982-2378http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification

    School Counselor [PreK-Adult]

    WISCONSIN

    Department of Public InstructionTeacher Education, Professional Development & Licensing125 S. Webster StreetMadison, WI 53707-7841(608) 266-1028(608) 264-9541 (TTY/TDD)(800) 266-1027 (voicemail)[email protected]http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl

    School Guidance Counselor [K-12]

    WYOMING

    Professional Teaching Standards Board1920 Thomes Avenue, Suite 400Cheyenne, WY 82002(307) 777-6261(800) 675-6893http://ptsb.state.wy.us

    School Counselor [K-6] [7-12] [K-12]


    Professional Counseling Associations and Organizations

    American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)
    5999 Stevenson Avenue
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
    Phone: (703) 212-2239
    Fax: (703) 212-4884 www.aascb.org

    American Counseling Association (ACA)
    5999 Stevenson Avenue
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
    Phone: (800) 347-6647
    TDD: (703) 823-6862 www.counseling.org

    Regional Accrediting Associations

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
    3624 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104 www.msche.org
    Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
    209 Burlington Road
    Bedford, MA 01730-1433 www.neasc.org
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
    The Higher Learning Commission
    30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602 www.northcentralassociation.org
    Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities (NWCCU)
    8060 165th Ave, NE, Suite 100
    Redmond, WA 98052 www.nwccu.org
    Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
    1866 Southern Lane
    Decatur, GA 30033-4097 www.sacs.org
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) www.wascweb.org
    American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Trust Territory of the Pacific

    Professional Accrediting Organizations

    Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510 Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: (703) 535-5990 Email: [email protected] www.cacrep.org

    Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
    1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 510
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: ( 202) 955-6126
    Fax: (202) 955-6129
    Email: [email protected] http://chea.org

    Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
    300 N. Martingale Rd., Suite 460
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
    Phone: (847) 944-1345 www.core-rehab.org

    National Certification Organizations

    National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
    3 Terrace Way
    Greensboro, NC 27403-3660
    Phone: (336) 547-0607
    Fax: (336) 547-0017 www.nbcc.org

    Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
    1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
    Phone: (847) 944-1325 www.crccertification.com

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