Have you been searching for information on how to become a counselor in South Carolina? We have compiled some important for you on your path to working as a counselor in South Carolina.
Make sure that you choose the path that is right for you. South Carolina has different levels of credentialing.
Future Counselor: For Student in South Carolina High School or South Carolina High School Graduate
Your First Step:
Though as an undergraduate you can choose from many majors, we encourage you to consider future graduate school preferences and choose a major that is appropriate. Sociology, psychology and social work are all viable options.
Your Second Step:
Gain some useful work experience or volunteer experience that is line with the field of counseling.
Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates
Begin the important process of satisfying admission requirements. Look into the requirements of the schools that hold your interest. Do they require admission tests such as the GRE?
Those pursuing school counseling are well-advised to find programs that have Department of Education approval.
Those pursuing professional counseling usually seek out programs that contain a minimum of forty-eight semester hours. Your coursework usually must fall within ten Board-defined content areas. A minimum 150-hour practicum is usually required.
The National Counselor Examination or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination are taken before attaining professional licensure. Those pursuing their credential in school counseling must pass the Praxis II exam.
Two years of working “under supervision” are part of the process of attaining LPC licensure. A candidate is licensed as an intern while completing all relevant supervised requirements. Your approved supervisor verifies hours and will render a recommendation for licensing.
South Carolina Counselor Agencies:
We wish you the best of success in your pursuit of becoming a counselor in South Carolina.