Clark Atlanta University
School of Education
323 Rufus E. Clement Hall
James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
All graduate students should plan to become licensed as professional counselors in Georgia or another jurisdiction in which they plan to live and work. In addition, all students should plan to apply to become National Certified Counselors (NCC) upon graduation from the Clark Atlanta University master's degree program. Students who plan to work as school counselors should plan to become certified as school counselors by the state of Georgia or by the jurisdiction in which they plan to live and work.
The master's degree programs in Community Counseling and School Counseling include all the course requirements for credentialing as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Students may become licensed upon graduation from the program if they complete the required number of supervised hours post-Master’s work, register for and pass the NCC exam.
During the internship experience, students are encouraged to obtain application information and to develop a plan for becoming licensed as a professional counselor and for becoming a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
A brief summary of the issues and steps involved in pursuing one or both of these licenses is provided here.
A Georgia counseling license requires 3000 hours of supervised clinical work after completion of the Master’s degree.
The licensure requirements of the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) are contained within the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists at the following link: www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/counselors.
Students are advised to contact Georgia Composite Board for detailed procedures to becoming a licensed professional counselor.
Students are advised to contact Departments of Regulation & Licensing in states other than Georgia for licensing stipulations. Georgia stipulates that school counselors must complete a Master’s degree in Counseling with a school emphasis.