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Future LPC: For Georgia High School Student or High School GraduateYour First Step: Gain some solid experience in the counseling field. Whether it be paid work or volunteering, experience is crucial to making it as a counselor. Your Second Step: It is wise to major as an undergraduate in something very relevant such as sociology, social work, or psychology. Make sure that your grades are strong. Gaining admission to reputable programs is going to be competitive.
Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates(CACREP– The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs). Rehabilitation counseling programs are usually accredited by CORE (The Council on Rehabilitation Education). First: Do some research and make an intelligent selection for your graduate program; choose the one that is right for you. Allow yourself the time and focus to complete the application materials fully. You are likely going to need to submit a well-written essay that details your goals and important experiences in life. Aspiring school counselors are often required to succeed at the GACE Basic Skills Assessment prior to admission. Second:
- When deciding what route to take, think carefully about whether you want to go for a Master’s program or a Doctoral program. A doctoral degree will require less supervised practice later to gain full professional licensure. Some students begin as Master’s students, then progress to the level of doctoral degree in counseling or counseling psychology.
- When pursuing school counseling, gain admission to a graduate program that adheres to appropriate CACREP standards. After success with all requirements, your school can safely recommend you for appropriate certification.