Schools Counseling Licensing

Overview

Professional school counselors serve a crucial role in increasing student success. Through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change, school counselors promote a whole child approach to academic, career, social, and emotional development for each student. School counselors must have a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling and meet the following guidelines as defined under the School Counseling Licensing Requirements tab.

School Counseling Licensing Requirements

Licensing requirements will be determined by where applicants attend their master’s program (in-state versus out-of-state). The following information outlines the requirements for those who attend a in-state program versus and out-of-state program. There is not an Alternate Pathway for School Counseling.

In-State Licensing Requirements

Applicants for Utah School Counseling Licensure, who have attended an institution in-state, and who are not licensed in school counseling must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling from either Utah State University, University of Utah, or Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals (these are the only accredited institutions in Utah who offer a master’s level school counseling program). Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals also offers a license-only program for candidates who already have a master’s degree in a related field (contact Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals directly for further questions);
  • Pass the PRAXIS 5421 Test with a score of 164 or higher; and
  • Receive a recommendation for licensure from the university in which the program was completed. A recommendation from an in-state program qualifies candidates to receive the College and Career Readiness Certificate upon licensure based on adherence to the Board approved College and Career Readiness Certificate Program Standards. 

Out-of-State Licensing Requirements

Applicants for Utah School Counseling Licensure, who have attended an institution out-of-state (including an online program), and who are not licensed in school counseling must meet the following requirements:

Current/Expired Educator Renewal for a Utah Educator License

School counselors looking to renew a current/expired license will need to follow procedures outlined by the Utah State Board of Education Renew/Upgrade a Utah Educator License.

For further information regarding Utah Educator Licensing, refer to the Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing website.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to have a master’s degree in school counseling to become a practicing school counselor in Utah?

Yes, there is not an alternate pathway to becoming a school counselor in Utah. Applicants must have a minimum of a master’s degree or higher in school counseling as well as meet the requirements outlined above. Related master’s degrees (i.e., Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), etc.) do not fulfill the requirements needed to be licensed as a school counselor in Utah.

2. Can a Utah State Board of Education School Counseling Program Specialist verify that an out-of-state (online) program meets accreditation criteria?

No, it is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that the school counseling master’s program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Program (CACREP) approved or meets the Board approved Standards for Utah School Counselor Education Programs.

3. Is an undergraduate degree in education (example, teaching) required in order to apply for a school counseling master’s degree program?

Applicants should work with the graduate department of the program of interest directly to determine admission requirements. In most circumstances, an undergraduate degree in education is not required.

4. Is a Professional Educator License in Utah required to obtain a license in school counseling?

All educators in Utah practice under a Professional Educator License. To receive a Professional Educator License for school counseling, applicants must meet the requirements outlined under the School Counseling Licensing Requirements tab.

5. How can I earn Professional Learning Points to renew an expired school counseling license that is relative to my profession?

There are many ways to earn Professional Learning Points when renewing an expired school counseling license. Some examples of professional learning opportunities, offered by the Utah State Board of Education, that support the role of the school counselor are:

For questions regarding Professional School Counseling Licensing, contact Jerri Sagers at (801) 538-7643 or via e-mail at jerri.sagers@schools.utah.gov.

College and Career Readiness (CCR) Certificate Program

In the 2015 General Session, House Bill 198 created the Strengthening Career Readiness for All Students. The goal of this program is to improve students’ college and career readiness by enhancing the skill level of school counselors who provide college and career counseling. Under this legislation, the State Board, in collaboration with educational entities and business/industry partners, developed a certificate for school counselors that certifies that a school counselor is highly skilled at providing college and career counseling.

This certificate program is governed by the Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-921: Strengthening College and Career Readiness Program and is comprised of three components.

  • Component One: Building a College-Going Culture for All Students
    Through online coursework via Canvas, this component focuses on helping 100% of students in Utah be prepared to succeed in all post-secondary options. Participants who successfully complete this course will earn 3-credits through Southern Utah University (SUU).
  • Component Two: Strategic Alignment and Implementation of a Systemic College and Career Readiness School Counseling Program
    Through online coursework via Canvas, this component emphasizes the importance of implementing a systemic framework for the delivery of school counseling services to ensure students complete high school with the social capital necessary to participate in a global society. Through this systemic approach, counselors and administrators align school counseling program goals with school improvement goals and student needs.
  • Component Three: Strengthening Career Readiness for All Students
    Through online coursework via Canvas, this component focuses on helping students become career-ready to meet the demands of Utah's economy. Participants who successfully complete this course will earn 3-credits through Southern Utah University (SUU).

Registration Information

Registration information is sent out through the School Counseling Programs Utah Education Network (UEN) Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Information ListServ. Join today!

For candidates enrolled in an out-of-state pre-service school counseling program who are seeking a Utah Professional Educator License in school counseling, contact Kalee Crandall at kalee.crandall@schools.utah.gov for registration information for Components One, Two, and Three of the College and Career Readiness Certificate Program.

Enrolling through Southern Utah University Credit for Component One and Component Three

School counselors must apply to SUU and enroll in a course prior to the first day of class. Instructions on this process, including the CRN needed for enrollment, will be sent through the School Counseling Programs Utah Education Network (UEN) Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Information ListServ one month prior to the start of the course. After applying to SUU, there is a two-day waiting period before enrollment in the course can occur. The cost for each course is $63. This fee must be paid within the first week of the course or participants will be automatically dropped. After successfully enrolling in a course, an invitation to join the Canvas course will be sent via e-mail.

Enrolling for Component Two

Practicing Utah School Counselors who hold a Professional Educator License satisfy Component Two requirements by completing the School Counseling Program Updates and Essentials training (within the last six years of applying for the certificate). Registration information for the School Counseling Program Updates and Essentials training can be found under the Calendar Tab of the School Counseling Program website.

Application for Adding Certificate to School Counseling Educator License

After successful completion of all three components, school counselors must complete the application for adding the certificate to their license. In addition, school counselors will need to provide transcripts from Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS) and Southern Utah University, Utah State University or the University of Utah based on where Component One and Component Three coursework was completed.

Utah State Board of Education Application for Licensure Certificate

For questions regarding Professional School Counseling Licensing and/or the College and Career Readiness Certificate, contact Jerri Sagers at (801) 538-7643 or via e-mail at jerri.sagers@schools.utah.gov.