How to Become a Nevada School Counselor
Where are you on your quest to become a Nevada School Counselor?
Explore the information below and learn how you can become a school counselor in Nevada. 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 Nevada Department of Education licensing department at (702) 486-6458.
- Top Picks
Featured Universities with School Counseling Programs
NYU Steinhardt's accredited master of arts program in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling. Through this online program, you will gain the skills you need to become a professional Pre-K-12 school counselor, working with children and families in your community to foster academic achievement and success. Click here to contact New York University and request information about their programs.
Become a professional school counselor in K-12 settings with an online Master of Education (ME) in School Counseling from top-ranked USC Rossier School of Education. Complete in as few as 20 months. Click here to contact USC Rossier School of Education and request information about their programs.
Earn a Master's degree in School Counseling online from the University of Denver. Learn from doctoral-level faculty in live classes and gain experience through mock counseling and in-field training. No GRE required. Click here to contact University of Denver and request information about their programs.
I’m a High School Graduate…
Kudos for showing motivation and maturity! Doing career research on the Nevada school counselor career as a high school graduate shows common sense and drive. These are attributes that will serve you well in many areas of your life.
However, don’t stop here! The following are recommended steps that will help you learn how to begin advancing your education as well as learn what it’s like to work with student aged individuals in Nevada.
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 Nevada:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada
- Nevada Map of Schools and School Districts
- 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.
Finally, now that you have some direction, get out there and begin looking for volunteering opportunities or even paid opportunities working in schools. You will thank yourself later after you learn whether or not a career in education is truly for you.
Regardless of whether you end up as a Nevada school counselor or not, you will undoubtedly benefit from earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree no matter what field you enter.
I have already earned a college degree…
The following are the steps necessary for earning your school counseling certification in Nevada:
Fulfill educational requirements through one of the following avenues:
- 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 Nevada here.
- Earn a Master’s degree in Counseling from a regionally accredited school and complete at least 36 semester hours of graduate credit in school counseling.
- Or earn a Master’s degree in any field, complete 36 semester hours of graduate coursework in school counseling and have at least two years experience as a teacher.
Experience requirements: You will need to complete a 280 clock hour supervised internship as a school counselor working with student-aged pupils.
If you complete a school counseling Master’s program, you will most likely complete the experience requirements through the Nevada school counselor preparation program.
You will need to complete a criminal history background check as well as successfully complete Praxis I and Praxis II examination requirements.
In addition, you will need to complete an initial licensure application packet. In this packet, you will find contact information for the Nevada Department of Education as well as instructions for completing a criminal history backgroud check, examination requirements for the Nevada school counseling licensure, and instructions for completing the application.
I’m a certified counselor from another state…
Nevada does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states for non-teaching licensure. However, you can have your current credentials and transcripts evaluated and will then be awarded a Nevada school counseling certification if your qualifications meet Nevada’s requirements.
Download an Initial Nevada Licensure application here.