Have you been seeking information regarding becoming a counselor in Oregon? We have gathered some important information for you.
Usually, complete licensure as a Professional Counselor requires a Master’s degree.
Future Counselor: For Student in Oregon High School or Oregon High School Graduate
Your First Step:
Choose an appropriate undergraduate major based on personal interests and need of the graduate schools to which you will eventually apply.
Find out what backgrounds are preferred by your schools of interest. If a school expresses a preference, you can shape your candidacy accordingly.
Your Second Step:
Gain substantial experience with volunteering or work experience in counseling.
Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates
Work toward accomplishing your requirements for admission. You may need to write an essay and gather professional references regarding your character and qualifications. You also may need to submit fingerprints.
It is wise to enter a Master’s degree program that ideally holds accreditation through CACREP or CORE. Your academic program will usually be at least sixty semester hours long. Applied experience hours can often be set at a minimum of 700. (Programs with CACREP-accreditation can usually involve one hundred hours of practicum and a minimum of 600 internship hours.)
Aspiring school counselors should enter guidance counseling programs provided through schools with regional accreditation.
An aspiring school counselor is mandated to pass the Praxis Test of School Guidance and Counseling.
2,400 of supervised client contact hours are required to become licensed as professional counselor. One maintains “Registered Intern status” while completing their post-degree supervision requirements.
Oregon Counseling Groups
We wish you the best of success in your pursuit of becoming a counselor in Oregon.