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School Counseling - Counselor Education


The School Counseling Program is regionally accredited by the North Central Association. In addition, it is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Kansas State Department of Education, and was accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 1997.


To become eligible for licensure as a school counselor (PreK-12) in Kansas, candidates must complete a master of science degree in school counseling and have a Kansas professional teaching license.  To be issued an Initial School Specialist  license for school counseling by the Kansas State Department of Education candidates must achieve a Kansas passing score on the state required PRAXIS examination.  Application for the Kansas license is made through Emporia State University upon completion of the MS degree and passing the PRAXIS exam.  Although Kansas school counselor licensure is reciprocal with most states, it is highly recommended and very beneficial for prospective students and candidates to check on specific requirements for the state in which they plan to work.