The National Certified School Counselor

The National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) certification recognizes counselors who demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in school counseling.

NCSCs show their commitment to the school counseling profession and to providing high-quality services to students, parents, teachers and the community.


Application Requirements

You must meet the following requirements in order to obtain certification as a NCSC.

Prerequisite

All applicants for the NCSC must currently hold the National Certified Counselor (NCC). If you are not an NCC, please review these requirements.

Coursework

All courses used to fulfill the coursework content areas, with the exception of supervised field experience, must carry at least two semester or three quarter hours of graduate-level credit. No course may be used to fulfill more than one content area. You must have taken a course in the Foundations of School Counseling and also must have taken courses covering at least three of the following five content areas:

  • Counseling Consultation and Program Development
  • Family Counseling
  • Counseling Children, Adolescents and/or At-Risk Youth
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Counseling for Trauma, Violence or Abuse

In addition, you must have completed six semester or 10 quarter hours of supervised school field experience. If you have not completed six semester hours of supervised school field experience, you may make use of one of the following alternative options:

  • Three semester or five quarter hours of supervised school field experience and 10 continuous years as a fully state-licensed school counselor
  • Three semester or five quarter hours of supervised school field experience and an additional 120 hours of direct supervision

Supervision

You must document at least 100 hours of post-graduate school counseling supervision. The individual verifying supervision cannot be related to the applicant and cannot be the same individual providing the professional endorsement.

Professional Endorsement

You must obtain endorsement from a professional colleague who holds a master’s degree or higher in a mental health field. The individual providing endorsement cannot be related to the applicant and cannot be the same individual verifying supervision.

Work Experience

You must document two academic years of full-time post-graduate work experience as a school counselor.

Ethics

Since you must be a NCC in order to apply for this specialty, you are required to adhere to NBCC’s ethical policies, including the Code of Ethics and the Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services.

Examination Requirement

You must have a passing score on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).


Recertification

Once you complete the application process, you will need to meet ongoing requirements in order to maintain and recertify your NCSC.

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