How to Become a Kentucky School Counselor
Where are you on your quest to become a Kentucky School Counselor?
Explore the information below and learn how you can become a school counselor in Kentucky. 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 Kentucky Department of Education licensing department at (502) 564-4606.
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I’m a High School Graduate…
As a high school graduate, you are in a great place to begin looking into the Kentucky school counselor career, take steps toward earning your certification, but not have to commit to any one career path.
You can begin earning your associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a field of your choice and still be heading in the right direction for becoming a school counselor. It’s not until you begin a master’s program in school counseling do you have to narrow your focus.
So, start earning your under-graduate education and begin learning about the school counseling career with no strings attached! The following are recommended steps that will help you get closer to satisfying Kentucky school counseling certification requirements while also learning whether a career in education is right for you.
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.
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 Kentucky:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky
- Kentucky Directory of School Districts and Schools
- Use this link to find schools near you as well as each school’s contact information. Contact these schools to find out if there are any volunteer programs you may participate in.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and learn about volunteering and working with various student aged individuals. The only way to know if you are cut out for a career in education is to step out of your shoes and into those of an educator!
I have already earned a college degree…
The following are the steps necessary for earning your school counseling certification in Kentucky:
You will need to fulfill Kentucky’s educational requirements for school counseling certfication:
- Earn a Master’s degree in School Counseling
- Capella University Master of Science (MS) in Human Services – School Counseling Specialization – CACREP and State Approved **
- New York University (NYU) Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance – School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling – MPCAC Accredited
- Grand Canyon University (GCU) Master of Education (MEd) School Counseling - leads to initial licensure
- Or find more school counseling programs in Kentucky here.
You will need to complete a school counselor certification application – TC-1
Request official transcripts from your school counseling program and send this to the Kentucky Department of Education with your application.
You will also need to attach the appropriate application processing fee ($50 at press time) made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer or you may also pay the fee online here through Kentucky’s E-Pay system.
Send your application to the following address:
- Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board
100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
You can learn more about the process of Kentucky school counseling certification on the following webpage.
Or call the Kentucky Department of Education learn more: (502) 564-4606
I’m a certified counselor from another state…
Kentucky will evaluate your out-of-state credentials and if your current school counseling qualifications are comparable to Kentucky’s requirements, you will be awarded a Kentucky school counselor certification.
Complete the form TC-1 and contact the Kentucky Department of Education to make sure you have everything in order – (502) 564-4606.