Counseling (Post-Masters Licensure) Pennsylvania Counseling License (LPC)

Psychology and Counseling | College of Health and Human Services

Add a Post-Master's Licensure in School Counseling to Your Portfolio

The post master's certification in school counseling allows students who earned a single certification (elementary or secondary) to meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements for dual certification. Graduates are able to pursue employment at all (PK-12) educational levels.

The post masters licensure program (LPC) allows students who possess a masters degree to meet the educational requirements for the Pennsylvania counseling license (LPC). Graduates are able to pursue employment options such as private practice, agencies, and treatment facilities.

Prospective students should be aware that the number of courses required will vary and depend on the type and number of years since the masters degree was earned.

  • Passing score on the National Counseling Exam (NCE).
  • 60 graduate credits in Counseling.
  • 3,000 hours of documented experience, supervised by another Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or other licensed helping professional (i.e., clinical psychologist, etc.).
  • A complete application packet, submitted to the “State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors” at P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Outcomes & Opportunities

Top Employers

  • Universities
  • Military
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Research Companies

Top Career Paths

  • Grief Counselor
  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Professor
  • Sports Therapist

Dig Deeper Into the Program Details

DEADLINE: October 1, 2022 is the deadline for the Spring 2023 cohort. February 1, 2023 is the priority deadline date for the Summer I 2023 and Fall 2023 cohorts. Application files submitted after February 1 will be reviewed based on cohort capacity, but must be received no later than April 1, 2023.

School Counseling Certification — Elementary or Secondary

Marywood makes it easy for current school counselors with a master’s degree to earn a second school counseling certification through its post master's certification program. Through evening, summer, and online courses, this program enables students to earn a second certification in elementary or secondary school counseling in approximately one year.

Professional Counselor Licensure Preparation (LPC) Program

Licensed professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health.  Counselors possessing the professional counseling license have a wider variety of employment and scope of practice opportunities including private practice and supervision.

Admissions Requirements

Internal Applicants (current students)

  • Schedule a meeting with Dr. Muse-Burke
  • Review the educational requirements for the LPC program
  • Determine a preliminary course of study
  • Submit a free online application for the Counseling Licensure track
  • Request Marywood Graduate transcripts
  • The Pennsylvania licensing board requires that applicants hold a minimum of a 48-credit masters’ degree.
  • Request previously Marywood submitted application materials be added to your new application. Items include essays, transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Follow up with Graduate Admissions after completing items above.
Verify the application is complete and sent to the Counseling review committee.
Timeline for the departmental admissions review is typically 2-4 weeks.

External Applicants 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Submit a free online application for the Counseling Licensure track
  • Brief statement of your career goals and how they align with your program.
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation 

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