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State Reciprocity: School Counseling

Last updated Dec. 19, 2019

Whitworth University's School Counseling program is designed to prepare students for school counselor certification in the State of Washington. To help prospective students determine whether Whitworth's programs meet educational requirements in other states, the following information on state reciprocity for school counseling is provided for the states of Oregon, Idaho, California, Hawaii and Colorado. If a state is not listed here, then Whitworth has not made a determination whether our school counseling program can meet educational requirements in that state. If you would like more information for a state other than those listed, please contact Wendy Bleecker (wbleecker@whitworth.edu) for assistance in making that determination.

Source: www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/careers-roles/state-certification-requirements

Oregon (Meets Educational Requirements)

SC Reciprocity to Oregon

Reciprocity allowed via transitional school counselor license, a three-year nonrenewable license issued to applicants who have held an out-of-state school counselor license or who have completed an out-of-state program in school counseling. The applicant must hold a master's degree or higher. It is valid for regular or substitute school counseling at any level.
Background Check: Yes, fingerprints. Reciprocal License information may be found at: www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/standards/comprehensive_school_counseling/Pages/default.aspx 

Idaho (Meets Educational Requirements)

SC Reciprocity to Idaho

Reciprocity is allowed for applicants who have completed an out-of-state program in school counseling. Requirements include:

Hold a master's degree and provide verification of completion of an approved program of graduate study in school guidance and counseling from a college/university approved by the Idaho State Board of Education or the state educational agency of the state in which the program was completed. Must meet recent credit requirement of six semester credit hours within the last five years. 700 clock hours of supervised field experience, 75 percent of which must be in a K-12 school setting, to include elementary, middle and high schools. Previous school counseling experience may be considered to help offset the field experience clock hour requirement. Institution recommendation is required. Idaho Criminal History check is also required.

Details can be found at: www.sde.idaho.gov/cert-psc/cert

California (Meets Educational Requirements)

SC Reciprocity to California

Individuals must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree or higher, except in professional education, from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. Complete post-bachelor's degree study consisting of a minimum of 30 semester unites specializing in school counseling, including a practicum with school-aged children;
  3. Obtain a letter verifying field experience on original, official letterhead;
  4. Applicants must verify eligibility for the equivalent credential authorization;
  5. If the out-of-state preparation program does not fit this pattern, the applicant must contact a California college or university with a Commission-approved school counseling program for an evaluation and formal recommendation;
  6. Complete the basic skills requirement;
  7. Complete state application. Out-of-state residents must submit two fingerprint cards in lieu of a Live Scan receipt;
  8. Pay the application processing fee.

Details can be found at: www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl606.pdf?sfvrsn=65c4016c_2

Hawaii (Does Not Meet Educational Requirements - See NASDTEC Requirement)

SC Reciprocity to Hawaii

Reciprocity is allowed for applicants who have completed an out-of-state program in school counseling. Requirements are as follows:

Completion of a master's degree in School Counseling and Guidance from a regionally accredited college or University. Counseling and Guidance program must meet the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) or state standards. Program must include a practicum, internship or equivalent in a k-12 school setting as requirements of the degree. Must pass all scores by 4th year of employment. (1) Praxis I (PPST): Reading: 172, Writing: 171, Mathematics: 173; AND (2) Praxis II (PLT): Principles of Learning & Teaching: K-6: 163 or 7-12: 157; AND (3) Praxis II: School Counseling and Guidance: 580. Institution recommendation is also required.

Details can be found at: doe.k12.hi.us/personnel/teachers_applying.htm

Colorado (Does Not Meet Educational Requirements - See CACREP Requirement)

SC Reciprocity to Colorado

Reciprocity is allowed for applicants who have completed an out-of-state program in school counseling. The following pathways is provided:

  • Master's or higher degree in School Counseling as defined by accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling for Related Educational Programs (view information about CACREP Accreditation)
  • Minimum of 100 clock-hour practicum
  • Minimum of 600 clock-hour internship, with multiple grade levels of students under the supervision of a licensed school counselor
  • Passage of the Colorado state approved content exam

Details can be found at: www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/endorsementrequirements