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SOC-OFE Masters Students - SOC Program Resources: Credentialing and Licensure

Credentialing and Licensure

The counseling masters’ programs were designed to meet the current CACREP standards (Note: only the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs are CACREP accredited); the programs should meet or exceed requirements for licensure in most states where licensure or certification is available. However, not all of the counseling programs are license-eligible, and states have varying requirements for licensure and certification for each program.

Students seeking licensure or certification in their state should ensure that their program meets the necessary requirements. Additionally, students should check with their state licensure board throughout their programs for updates to program and field experience requirements for licensure or certification. 

 

 Students require post-graduate verification of practicum and internship hours on licensure application forms should submit those requests to the SOC-OFE (see Verification of Hours).

Licensure Board Websites

State Education Specialization

  

The State Education Specialization allows you to select and add courses to your program, which are not included in your general program, yet may be necessary to meet the educational requirements for licensure in the state in which you plan to practice.

  • Additional courses
  • Additional field experience requirements (5-credit option, additional terms of practicum/internship courses)
It is your responsibility to identify those additional courses/requirements that may be required for licensure in your state.

To add the State Education Specialization to your program:

1.

Request confirmation from your state board of the specific courses you will need to meet the specific educational licensure requirements for the state in which you plan to practice.

2.

Complete the State Education Specialization Request form (below).

3.

Submit the State Education Specialization Request form and the required confirmation from your state board to counlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

 

  For assistance with course offerings, contact Student Success Advising at studentsuccess@mail.waldenu.edu or 800-925-3368.

Questions about licensure and the State Education Specialization can be directed to counlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

The field experience courses are typically 3 credits each. The School of Counseling offers a 5-credit version of each of the field experience courses for those students whose states might require this for licensure. There are two journal assignments required in the 5-credit courses that are not required in the 3-credit version of the course.

Check with your state board to see if you might need additional quarter credit hours of field experience, and if so, you can request the 5-credit version of one or more of the field experience courses in your Meditrek application.

Contact counlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu for assistance with navigating your state's licensure requirements and contact the SOC-OFE if you have questions about enrollment in the 5-credit field experience courses.

Requests for verification of field experience hours for licensure can be submitted to the SOC-OFE for completion.

  • Most requests can be submitted via email to counselingfield@mail.waldenu.edu.
  • Some forms will require signatures from multiple parties (e.g., student, site supervisor, field experience director). Licensure boards will likely require that all signatures are originals (not scanned). If the licensure board requires documents with multiple signatures, the required signatures should be obtained from parties other than Walden University first. Students should get at least two copies of the forms signed so that one original can be mailed to Walden and another can be maintained for the student’s records.

Such forms can be mailed to the SOC-OFE at the following address:

Walden University
Attn: Director of Field Education—School of Counseling

100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN  55401

 

Requests should be submitted as early as possible as some forms may take considerable time to complete, depending on the information and signatures required. Students should expect requests for field experience verification to take about 10 business days. 

National Counselor Exam (NCE)

A direct benefit of CACREP accreditation is that students in the master’s in counseling programs will be offered the opportunity to become an NCC by taking and to take the NCE while in the last few quarters of their program. Students in their internship may choose to review orientation materials that will take them through the application process and be scheduled to sit for either an October or April administration of the NCE at a public site near their home. This process offers the following benefits:

  • National certification allows students an important additional credential that signifies to the public that they have met the highest standards of professional preparation.
  • Students have the ability to take the NCE while the material is still fresh, instead of waiting until application for licensure.
  • Certification allows for a graduate’s first credential in applying for employment while awaiting licensure.
  • The NCE is a prerequisite for other certifications that may be desirable; e.g., CCMHC, NCSC, or an approved clinical supervisor (ACS).
  • The NCE is the licensure exam required by the majority of state licensing boards.

 

Eligible students will receive an invitation directly from NBCC to participate in the administrations of the NCE. A student is “eligible” when she or he is “well-advanced and is currently enrolled in the program” or in other words, in her or his field experience courses (either practicum or internship) and that she or he is not currently involved in a counseling skills plan or a professional development plan.

 

Credentialing and Licensure

The counseling masters’ programs were designed to meet the current CACREP standards (Note: only the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs are CACREP accredited); the programs should meet or exceed requirements for licensure in most states where licensure or certification is available. However, not all of the counseling programs are license-eligible, and states have varying requirements for licensure and certification for each program.

Students seeking licensure or certification in their state should ensure that their program meets the necessary requirements. Additionally, students should check with their state licensure board throughout their programs for updates to program and field experience requirements for licensure or certification. 

 

 Students require post-graduate verification of practicum and internship hours on licensure application forms should submit those requests to the SOC-OFE (see Verification of Hours).

Licensure Board Websites