The Adler School works to provide resources to our students and alumni in support of the licensure process. Below are some basic guidelines on application and licensure in the state of Illinois. Please review this information thoroughly. If you require more detailed, step-by-step instructions, please submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “LPC/LCPC Licensure Application Process guidelines” and request the instructions.
Counselor Licensure in Illinois
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Education requirements (link below) for the LPC include: M.A. in Counseling, Psychology or related field (minimum 48 semester hours with at least one three credit hour course in 13 different areas, or a doctoral degree). Additionally, 700 hours of M.A. practicum/intern experience is required. Post-masters experience is not required. You must pass the NCE exam for this license.
Complete LPC application packet and mail to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations. Your terminal degree is posted on your official School transcript.
Packet applications include:
- Four-page application form
- Certification of Education (Registrar)
- Academic Criteria form
- Conviction Criminal Act (CCA) form
- Official (sealed) transcripts
- Course descriptions (from online catalog)
- NCE scores (if you took it at the Adler School, request your scores from NBCC)
- Application fee ($150)
Education requirements for the LCPC include: M.A. in Counseling, Psychology or related field (minimum 48 semester hours with at least one three credit hour course in 13 different areas, or a doctoral degree. Additionally, 700 hours of MA practicum/intern experience and two years of supervised post-MA experience are required. You must pass the NCMHCE exam for this license.
LPC and LCPC licensure in Illinois requires a minimum of three credit hours in the following areas:
Human Growth and Development
Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling
Appraisal of Individuals
Research and Evaluation
Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
Social and Cultural Foundations
Lifestyle and Career Development
Practicum/Internship (700 clock hours)
Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior
Counselor licensure in other states
Licensure laws and rules vary across states and may change at any time. Each state has its own educational and post-graduate experience requirements, and may require different exams.
For information on LPC, LCPC, LPCC, LMHC, LPCMH, LCMHC, and LPC-MH for any state or province, please visit the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).