Preliminary School Counseling License: Track 1
Now accepting applications for 2022
Early Admission Deadline: January 15th
- Applicants must have a master’s degree in a closely related field (e.g. education, psychology, social work). The master’s degree must be earned from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent.
- Applicants must have successfully completed two academic years of experience as a full-time licensed teacher in a public education setting or a regionally accredited private school in any state or other US jurisdiction.
Applications and all supporting materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by the School Counseling Department’s application deadline.
The following are required:
Lewis & Clark uses an online application. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. However, transcripts must be sent directly to the graduate school. We will accept official e-transcripts sent by college and university registrar offices.
A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. The fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni and employees of Lewis & Clark and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver. Go to this page for information about the fee waiver process.
Personal Essay: School Counseling
Applicants to the School Counseling program must submit an essay that addresses all of the topics listed see below. Your essay should be approximately 500 words in length and may be submitted electronically as part of the online application process.
- Why you are pursuing a graduate program in school counseling.
- The experiences that you believe make graduate study in this field appropriate for you.
- What about Lewis & Clark’s School Counseling program appeals to you?
Three Letters of Recommendation
We require letters from three individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted.
How to submit your letters
Applicants will provide contact information for their references within the application. An email will be sent by our office to those references with a form they need to complete on the applicant’s behalf in addition to attaching their letter of recommendation.
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. One official transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. This includes all college level credit earned while in high school or participating in study abroad programs. Failure to submit official copies of all transcripts may result in the withholding of your application for consideration. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” will not be considered official.
Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to International Applicants.How to Submit Transcripts
Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from each postsecondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
All applicants must hold a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Students who graduated from an institution using a 5.0 scale must have earned a minimum of 3.75 GPA in their graduate degree and a 3.4 GPA for the undergraduate degree. If your GPA falls below the minimum, you will be required submit a letter of explanation with your application materials.
Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Also include any volunteer work or other professionally related experiences.
Professional Educational Experience Form: School Counseling (pdf.)
Applicants must complete this form to document prior licensed teaching experience. You may upload the completed form using the online application or you may email it directly to the Graduate Admissions office.
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with School Counseling faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of completed applications. Dates for 2022 interviews will be determined.
Application files for all School Counseling programs are kept for one year. If reapplying for the following year, you will need to submit a new application form and the $50 application fee. If you would like us to use the essay(s), resume, and/or letters of recommendation that were submitted with your old application please notify us of this in writing. If you wish to submit new essays, resume, or letters, send these in with your new application form. The Admissions office will notify you of any additional required documentation. If you are reapplying more than a year from your previous application, you will need to resubmit all required application materials.