How to Become a Counselor in Oklahoma

How to Become a Counselor in OklahomaHave you been searching for more information on how to become a counselor in Oklahoma? We have compiled some highly useful information for you.

In Oklahoma, a Master’s degree is required for pursuit of Licensed Professional Counselor, school counselor, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

For more information on Counseling Certification, please click here.

Future Counselor: For Student in Oklahoma High School or Oklahoma High School Graduate

Your First Step:

Though you really have your choice of majors, we recommend considering one of the social sciences that will most adequately prepare you for counseling graduate school. If your interest is solely substance abuse counseling, you may choose the credential of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor at the Bachelor’s level.

Your Second Step:

Gain volunteer or work experience in the counseling field. This will enhance your candidacy in applying for graduate schools.

Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates

(CACREP– The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs). Rehabilitation counseling programs are usually accredited by CORE (The Council on Rehabilitation Education).

First:

Begin the process of exploring graduate schools and figuring out what the application process entails. Some schools will require exams such as the GRE or MAT. Keep in mind letters of recommendation, as well.

Second:

Choose an appropriate graduate program. Decide if gaining dual credentials is right for you.

Programs for Licensed Professional Counselors are usually sixty semester hours long. Your graduate program likely must encompass the core Oklahoma Board content areas.

The length of time for school counseling programs is usually reduced. Those enrolling in a program with CACREP-accreditation may pursue status as a National Certified School Counselor.

Addiction counseling programs may be less than sixty semester hours long.

Third:

LPC licensing mandates a length of time for work experience that is supervised. 2,000 hours of work experience is required for substance abuse counselor licensing. A supervision agreement will also be mandatory.

Fourth:

LPC’s must successfully complete the National Counselor Examination, as well as the Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Examination.

For more information on licensing in Oklahoma, please click here.

Oklahoma Counselor Agencies

Professional Counselor Licensing Division

Oklahoma Teacher Certification

Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors

We wish you the best of success in your pursuit of becoming a counselor in Oklahoma.