School Counseling Licensure-Only Admissions

School Counseling Licensure-Only

Admissions

The licensure-only program is designed to help already licensed counselors, therapists, and social workers move into the school system. To be eligible for this program, you must already hold a master’s degree in counseling, social work, or psychology, which included a clinical practicum.

Timeline

The school counseling licensure program admits for the summer, fall, or winter terms. Applications open in the fall of each year and are due by the following deadlines:

  • Summer: June 1st
  • Fall: August 1st
  • Winter: December 1st

We review applications holistically to determine applicants’ potential to succeed in the program and as counselors.

Materials

Applicants must upload to the online application:

  • Statement of purpose—directions can be found within the online application on the ‘Program materials’ tab
  • Unofficial transcripts—applicants must include unofficial transcripts from all institutions previously attended
    • Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
      • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
      • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
  • Previous applicants: If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
  • International applicants: Please review the requirements listed on the Graduate School's website.
  • After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    • Graduate Admissions
      Portland State University
      PO Box 751 (Graduate School)
      Portland, OR 97207-0751
      Electronic official transcripts should be sent to graddocs@pdx.edu
  • Resume—applicants are asked to upload a resume on the ‘Employment’ tab that demonstrates their prior work and volunteer experience, as related to the field of counseling.
  • Two letters of recommendation—applicants will enter contact information for two references on the ‘Letters of Recommendation’ tab. We will send those references a request to complete a form on the applicant’s behalf.
  • English Language Proficiency—applicants who are non-native English speakers and who do not hold a degree from the U.S., Australia, English-speaking Canada, Great Britain, Ireland or New Zealand must submit valid proof of proficiency. Please visit the Graduate School to learn more about your options for proving proficiency.