How to become a Counselor in Connecticut
Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in CT
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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Connecticut. Most requirements such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3200 hours of supervised experience and passing the NCE examination have been and will continue to be mandatory in the Connecticut counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health Practitioner Licensing at (860) 509-7603 to make sure you are on the right track.
I'm a High School Graduate...
As a high school graduate, the next step you will need to take to eventually earn your Connecticut counseling certification is to enroll in a college or university. Connecticut counseling licensure requires the applicant to possess a minimum of a Master's degree.
However, you are doing fantastic inquiring about counseling licensure at this stage of your educational career. By enrolling in an associate or bachelor degree program will provide you with necessary education as well as resources to learn more about career options within the field of counseling and much more.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs in psychology and counseling.
Once you have enrolled in a program, take advantage of your school's career services department and learn how you can find employment or volunteer opportunities that are related to the counseling career path.
I've already received my Bachelor's degree...
Once you have your bachelor's degree, you will need to find a school offering a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling.
Click on the links below to contact schools offering Master's or PhD programs in counseling or related field.
- Capella University - Master's of Science in Human Services (HS) - Mental Health Counseling (CACREP Accredited)
- Grand Canyon University - Master's in Addiction Counseling and Master's in Professional Counseling
- Liberty University - Master's and PhD programs in Professional Counseling and Pastoral Counseling
Or request information from additional Counseling Schools in Connecticut.
Make sure the school you are enrolled in for your Master's or Doctoral degree program provides courses in the required areas for Connecticut counseling certification. You can find the basic guidelines for course area requirements on the following Connecticut Department of Public Health webage.
After receiving your degree, you must complete 3000 hours of supervised work experience over a period of at least one year. Within those hours, 100 of them need to be with direct supervision by a qualified supervisor.
You can learn more about the specific Connecticut counseling licensure requirements on the following Connecticut Department of Public Health webpage.
Next, you can submit evidence of completed work and degree requirements by filling out the necessary forms and completing the Connecticut counseling licensure exam registration form.
Links to all the downloadable versions of these forms can be found by scrolling down on the following Connecticut Department of Public Health webpage.
Once your application has been approved the, Connecticut licensing board will notify you of when you can sit for the exam. Information about the National Counselor Certification Examination can be found on the following NBCC webpage.