How to become a Counselor in Texas
Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in TX
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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in Texas. Most requirements such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3000 hours of supervised experience and passing the Clinical Mental Health Counseling examination have been and will continue to be mandatory in the Texas counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors at (512) 834-6658 to make sure you are on the right track.
I'm a High School Graduate...
Becoming a successful and helpful counselor often depends on the counselor's level of motivation. It takes time and energy to develop an appropriate knowledge base and the ability to apply one's knowledge to help each individual client with techniques specific to each case.
As a high school graduate already researching Texas counseling certification requirements, you are displaying early signs of great motivation. You will want to hold on to that motivation and frequently revisit the reasons that are drawing you toward a profession in counseling.
In the meantime, you should be advancing your education. Texas counseling certification requirements state all applicants must possess at least a master's level of education. You can either begin with enrolling in an associate's degree program or enroll immediately in a four year bachelor's degree program.
Click on the links below to browse schools offering psychology and counseling degree programs!
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 schools offering counseling programs in Texas.
Make sure the schools you contact provide the appropriate experience requirements for Texas counseling licensure. Information regarding supervision requirements can be found on the following Texas Administrative Code webpage.
You will need to complete 3000 hours of supervised professional experience. At least 1500 of these hours will need to be in direct client contact. More information and supervisor qualifications can be found on the following Texas Administrative Code webpage.
Before applying for licensure, you will need to pass the National Counselor Examination and the state administered Jurisprudence Exam. Information about the national exam and registration can be found on the NBCC website.
Now, you can submit an application to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Along with the application you will need to include a practicum documentation form, a supervisory agreement form, any additionally required documents, transcripts sent directly from your educational institution to the Texas Board of Examiners, and required application fees. You will also have to make sure your final exam scores were sent directly to the Texas Board.
You can download the application and instructions for all the additionally necessary materials by clicking here.
Once the Board has reviewed your application they will notify you of your licensure status.