Kansas State Department of Education Licensure Requirements for School Counselors

The School Counseling program in the Department of Advanced Educational Programs meets the requirements of the Kansas State Department of Education. Since state licensing requirements vary from state to state, additional requirements for these positions will depend on the requirements of your state department of education. The following are the steps you need to take to receive your license as a School Counselor in the state of Kansas.

Fort Hays State University will verify your graduate degree for the Kansas State Department of Education after you have completed the Master’s of Science in Counseling, emphasis in School Counseling and you have a total of 45 graduate hours.

Obtaining a Conditional Counselor License: 

  1. A candidate completes the approved School Counseling program and provides evidence of an earned master’s degree.
  2. Candidate must pass the ETS Content Assessment for School Counselor, PRAXIS II Series Subject Assessments/Specialty Area Test School Guidance and Counseling (0420). Register for the School Counselor Praxis II Content Test at www.ets.org/praxis.  The Kansas State Department of Education requires a minimum score of 600 on the ETS Content Assessment for School Guidance and Counseling (0420).
  3. Candidate secures a position as a School Counselor.
  4. Candidate applies for a “Conditional School Counselor License”.  This is KSDE Form 1 “Application for Kansas Conditional License or Added Endorsements” available only from the FHSU Licensure Office.  Return the completed form to FHSU Licensure Office, Rarick Hall 220, with the $36 application fee.

Each applicant for a conditional school counselor license shall submit to the state board the following:

  1. An official transcript verifying the granting of a graduate degree
  2. Verification from an accredited institution by the unit head or designee of completion of a graduate level school counseling program
  3. Verification of at least one year of recent accredited experience or at least eight semester hours of recent credit
  4. Verification of a minimum 3.25 GPA in graduate coursework
  5. Verification of a current valid professional teaching license
  6. Verification of successful completion of a school counseling assessment as determined by the state board
  7. An application for conditional school counselor endorsement
  8. The license fee
  9. Verification of two years of experience in a state-accredited school while holding a professional teaching license

Obtaining a Professional School Counselor License
Each applicant for a professional school counselor license shall submit to the state board the following:

  1. Verification of successful completion in a state-accredited school of the school counselor performance assessment prescribed by the state board
  2. Verification of at least one year of recent accredited experience or at least eight semester hours of recent credit
  3. An application for professional school counselor license
  4. The endorsement fee

The candidate must apply for a ‘Professional School Counselor License.’ This is KSDE Form 19 ‘Application for Kansas Upgrade from Conditional School Counselor License to Professional School Counselor License’ available from the FHSU Licensure Office. Return the completed form to FHSU Licensure Office, Rarick Hall 220, with a $36 application fee.

The Professional School Counselor License application is sent to KSDE by FHSU Licensure Office. KSDE will mail the license directly to the candidate. Allow KSDE 4-6 weeks for processing the application.

For questions related to licensure, applicants are advised to contact the Licensure Specialist in the College of Education and Technology, Rarick Hall 220, 785.628.4542.