Counselor Education Graduate Certification Pennsylvania

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Counselor Education Certification (licensure credits)

Classes begin Fall, Spring and Summer

After completion of a master's in counseling or a related field, students are often required to complete additional credits in order to obtain their LPC Licensure.  The Counselor Education Certification program is a non-degree program designed to provide the opportunity for students to complete courses after their master's degree to total 60 credits, as required to become an LPC in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Licensure Act 136 or 1998) You will need two or more additional years of supervised work experience after graduation to complete the requirements for LPC.

The department will evaluate your transcripts and advise which courses are required.  Students should contact their the licensure board to verify their eligibility and requirements for licensure.

For students interested in master's degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling (Elementary and/or Secondary School Counselor certification programs), please visit our websites for more information.  Our programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Our master's degree programs fulfill the requirements needed for the National Counselor Examination (NCE), which you will need to take to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  Our Counselor Education Post-Master's program will assist you in obtaining your requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Prospective students are advised to read the CED Student Handbook, which describes the philosophy, admissions and departmental procedures in detail.

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For further information, contact Georgette Edwards, program secretary, at 724-938-4123 -Email to