National Counseling Certification

Toward the end of their second year in the program, students sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE), which the program administers at Penn GSE. Passing the NCE exam grants students the status of both a PA Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) once their 3,000* hours of post-master’s supervised counseling work is completed. The NCC credential signals to licensing boards and employers that the program from which the student has graduated has been approved by a national credentialing board. 

* Each state has its own requirements so please check with your state board for the exact number of required post-master's hours.

 

State School Counselor Certification: PreK-12

Toward the end of their second year in the program, students sit for the PRAXIS II Professional Counselor Exam (5421).  Students can choose from a variety of testing sites both in and out of Pennsylvania.  Students who pass this exam and complete all the coursework and internship requirements are eligible for certification as a Professional School Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and can be certified as PreK-12 school counselors.  Students living outside of Pennsylvania are well posititioned to earn similar certification in other states.