School Counseling Licensure-Only Course of Study

School Counseling Licensure-Only

Course of Study

Licensure-only program of study

Course requirements

Students enrolled in the Licensure Only option must be graduates from an accredited master's program in counseling, psychology, or social work that required 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 school counselor license approved by TSPC. Students must complete 30 credits in the School Counseling core to be eligible for licensure in Oregon.

All students in the Licensure Only option must take the School Counseling Specialization core courses. Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) requires that applicants must document two academic years of successful teaching experience in a public education setting or a regionally accredited private school in any state or other US jurisdiction. Individuals who cannot document the teaching requirement must take the six credit, 200 clock hour Effective Teaching sequence. (For more information on teaching experience requirement, please contact TSPC directly and/or consult TSPC OAR 584-044-0011.)

The Licensure Only program is a one or two year long program that operates in a cohort model. Students begin courses either Summer or Fall after acceptance and take courses in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. Licensure can be recommended following completion of the final course. Students may waive up to three equivalent courses taken during prior graduate experience upon acceptance and by approval of program advisor, course instructor, and department chair.

Course # Course Title # of Credits
COUN 504 Internship: School Counseling  9
COUN 526 Effective Teaching Practicum (200hrs. observation/teaching) 6
COUN 527 Counseling Individuals with Diverse Needs 3
COUN 545 Youth At Risk 3
COUN 555 Counseling Children and Youth 3
COUN 576 Parents, Families and Communities in Schools 3
COUN 589 Action Research in Counseling 3
COUN 597 Foundations of School Counseling 3
Total Credits 33

Course descriptions

For course descriptions, please consult the Bulletin or Class Schedule.

Preliminary School Counselor License

School counselors in Oregon are licensed through the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Once a student has completed their program of study and all required tests and workshops, they may apply to be recommended for licensure.

Requirements for licensure change frequently and students are responsible for staying up-to-date on licensure requirements.

After September 1, 2010: all applicants for Oregon Initial licenses are required to submit passing scores on the ORELA: Civil Rights test.

According to TSPC OAR 584-052-0010, graduates must apply for the Preliminary School Counselor license within three years of program completion. After three years, additional program coursework will apply

Students may also wish to earn certification as a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC).