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How to become a Counselor in Nebraska

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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Nebraska. 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 Nebraska counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at (402) 471-2117 to make sure you are on the right track.

I'm a High School Graduate

As a Nebraska high school graduate, you are showing great promise by already researching how to become a counselor in Nebraska. You will want to continue your current momentum into making a very important decision, to get a college education. Nebraska counseling licensure requires candidates to have a minimum of a master's level of education.

Your next step is 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. Request information from schools offering counseling programs in Nebraska.

Step One:

Next, you will need to complete 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling after you have earned your master's degree.

For more information about supervised experience requirments and provisional licensure options, download the rules and statutes link shown as "172 NAC 94-005.03" just to the side of "Initial Certification" on the following Nebraska Board's webpage.

Step Two:

Next, you will want to complete the Nebraska counseling licensure application and send the application along with all other necessary documents and fees to the Nebraska Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

You may download the application off the following Nebraska website.

Step Three:

The Board will inform you of your eligibility to sit for the National Board of Certified Counselor’s National Counselor Examination or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination.

You can find more information on the Nebraska counseling license examinations on the NBCC website.

Counseling Certificate Programs
Note: This list contains Campus as well as Online schools.
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