How to become a Counselor in Missouri

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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Missouri. Most requirements such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3000 hours of supervised experience and passing the NCE examination have been and will continue to be mandatory in the Missouri counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors at (573)-751-0018 to make sure you are on the right track.

I'm a High School Graduate

Missouri counseling licensure requires candidates to possess at least a master's level of education. This may seem like a long way off, but be sure you understand, everything you do now will effect how quickly and whether you are able to meet your career goals. Right now, you should be learning how you can begin working toward completing a college degree program.

Your next step should be to learn how you can enroll in an Associate's degree program or Bachelor's degree program.

Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs in psychology or 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.

Already Received 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. Contact schools offering counseling programs in Missouri to learn more about how to acquire the mandatory educational qualifications.

Step Two:

Next, you will need to earn 3000 hours of supervised counseling experience with a qualified supervisor. 1200 of those hours will need to be in direct client contact. A post-graduate supervision packet will need to be approved by the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors before beginning.

You will find more details about the hourly requirements and qualifying supervisors on the following Missouri State website.

Step Three:

The state of Missouri requires a passing score on the National Counselor Examination which is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. This exam can be taken any time after your masters degree has been earned by submitting an exam application.

Download the exam registration form here. More information about the National Counselor Examination is available on the NBCC website.

Step Four:

Now, you can download the Missouri counseling license application packet and submit the application to the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors.

The applicant is responsible for making sure the Committee receives the examination scores, supporting documents and necessary fees. You may download the Missouri counseling licensure application here.

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