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Future LPC: For Iowa High School Student or High School GraduateYour First Step: Choose an appropriate undergraduate major based on your interests and the later path of graduate school. Though not required, majoring in a subject such as Psychology or Social Work can be advantageous. Earn the best grades that you can possibly can. Your Second Step: Gain some useful work or volunteer experience working in the counseling field. Gain experience with many age groups and diverse clients. Clinics, schools and treatment centers are all possibilities. For more information on a Master’s degree in Counseling, please click here.
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: Begin to satisfy admission requirements well in advance of deadlines. One must write a professional statement. Admissions teams will evaluate your writing skills as well as your dedication to the counseling profession. Some school programs will require the GRE. Second:
- Those interested in becoming a school counselor in Iowa should select a Master’s program at either the elementary (K-8) or secondary (5 – 12) level.
- One must achieve a practicum of a minimum of 500 hours and have coursework with approved content areas by the Iowa Board.
- Those interested in mental health counseling must enter enroll in a counseling program with CACREP-accreditation or one that is the equivalent. The length of these programs is usually sixty semester hours.