How to Become a Missouri School Counselor
Where are you on your quest to become a Missouri School Counselor?
Explore the information below and learn how you can become a school counselor in Missouri. 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 Missouri Department of Education licensing department at (573) 751-4212.
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I’m a High School Graduate…
You’ve taken a large first step by beginning your career research. Missouri career counseling can be a highly rewarding profession. However, you are still a fair distance away from having all the credentials you need to successfully apply for certification. You will need to eventually acquire a bachelor’s degree and then earn your Master’s degree in school counseling.
The following are recommended steps that will help you acquire the necessary credentials while also learning more about whether a career in Missouri school counseling 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 Missouri:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
- Missouri School and School District Directory
- 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.
Remember, you’re ahead of the curve doing career research as a high school graduate. But don’t stop there. Go ahead and begin earning your bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree while you continue researching. You’ll be glad you did!
I have already earned a college degree…
The following are the steps necessary for earning your school counseling certification in Missouri:
Fulfill educational requirements through one of the following avenues:
- Earn a Master’s degree in education, school counseling, counseling, counseling psychology or a related mental health discipline.
- 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 Missouri here.
AND; Complete a Missouri Department of Education approved graduate program in school counseling including a supervised internship or field experience of at least 300 clock hours.
- OR; Complete a Master’s degree with an emphasis in guidance and counseling from a college or university approved by the Missouri Department of Eementary and Seconary Education.
- Find course requirements by downloading the certification requirements found on the following Missouri Department of Education webpage.
Examination Requirements: If you did not complete a master’s program in school counseling approved by the Missouri Department of Education, than you must successfully complete a Praxis II examination in school counseling with a score of 590 or higher.
You will also need to complete a fingerprinting process and background check before you will be considered for Missouri school counselor certification
You can find information about necessary materials and procedure from the following webpage. Missouri Applicant Fingerprint Services.
Download and complete a Missouri school counseling certification application.
Before beginning on the application process, make sure you have everything you need to successfully acquire your certification by contacting the Missouri Department of Education by calling the following number: (573) 751-0051 or (573) 751-4212.
I’m a certified counselor from another state…
The Missouri Department of Education does acknowledge reciprocity agreements between states. However, you will still need to have your certification and qualifications evaluated to make sure your credential meet Missouri school counseling certification requirements.
Download an application for school counseling certification here.
For more information on procedures and background check protocol, download the appropriate forms from the following webpage. Additional Forms and Information.