South Carolina State Certifications (Non-Degree)
Certification in Elementary or Secondary Counseling
Applicants who hold a master’s degree in another area of professional education or counseling, but wish to add school counseling certification (elementary or secondary), must provide the same admission materials as for the MEd program. Appropriate coursework earned elsewhere may be reviewed and approved for transfer credit. Students may also request a waiver of the admission test score requirement of the program coordinator. Students who successfully complete the program will be recommended for licensure through the State to become a guidance counselor.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or National Certified Counselor (NCC)
School Counseling students completing the program meet the majority of curriculum requirements through the South Carolina Board of Examiners for the Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Requirements for LPC and NCC include additional graduate coursework in psychopathology and assessment and treatment of psychopathology, an additional 1500 clinical hours (including 150 supervision hours) over a two year period, approved supervision, and successful performance on the National Counselor Examination for licensure and certification. The Citadel School of Education offers two courses during the summer that meet the psychopathology and assessment and treatment of psychopathology course requirements: These courses are EDUC 568: DSM-5 (diagnosis) and EDUC-567: Assessment of Abnormal Behavior (assessment and treatment of psychopathology).