How to Become a Hawaii School Counselor

Where are you on your quest to become a Hawaii School Counselor?

Explore the information below and learn how you can become a school counselor in Hawaii. Some of the information below may be subject to change. In order to make sure you have the most current information, please feel free to contact your school counseling education program advisor or contact the Hawaii Department of Education licensing department at (808) 586-2616.

I’m a High School Graduate…

As a high school graduate already looking into your career options, you are in a fantastic position. It will be some time before you possess a Master’s degree and the certification qualifications to become a counselor in Hawaii; however, on the bright side, you will have many options to enter the field of education, take classes on school psychology and counseling, and decide whether a career as a Hawaii school counselor is right for you. The following are a couple steps you can begin persuing now in order to best prepare you for a career in school counseling.

Step One:

Gather information from schools offering associate degree programs or bachelor degree programs in psychology, counseling or any type of program you are currently interested in. It is not imperative you enroll in a counseling program at this point. The only necessity is that you begin earning your associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.

Step Two:

A great way to find out if you are interested in a social service type of career, like school counseling, is to find volunteering organizations who work with children or young adults. The following are links to organizations who can place you in volunteering positions across the state of Hawaii:

School counseling in Hawaii is a socially responsible and highly rewarding career. So, enjoy exploring the field and learning more about becoming a counselor in Hawaii as you earn your undergraduate education.

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I have already earned a college degree…

The following are the steps necessary for earning your school counseling certification in Hawaii:

Step One:

Fulfill educational requirements through one of the following avenues:

Step Two:

You will need to make sure your school counseling program provides opportunities for the completion of a practicum experience as well as an internship.

Step Three:

All examinations will need to be successfully completed by the fourth year of employment.

  • Praxis I Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST)
  • Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching
  • Praxis II School Counseling and Guidance

Step Four:

You will need to have official transcripts from your counseling education institution sent to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB).

Step Five:

You can submit an application for certification online at the following webpage, HTSB Licensing and Permits.

School counseling is a highly demanding, but also highly rewarding profession. Relative to other educators, Hawaii school counselors are paid higher than the average educator and are also having more influence on the direction of curriculum and educational programs.

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I’m a certified counselor from another state…

Hawaii recognizes comparable school counseling certifications from other states. In order to attain your Hawaii school counselor certification, you will need to complete the directions and application indicated on the following webpage: HTSB Out-of-state cerification.

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**Some states require completion of a state-approved School Counselor preparation program from a regionally accredited institution in order to be licensed as a school counselor. Capella University is regionally accredited and their School Counseling specialization is state-approved by the Arizona Department of Education. We recommend that you follow up with your state Department of Education (DOE) to determine whether Capella’s Arizona- approved School Counseling specialization meets your state’s licensure requirements.