Getting Your Preliminary School Counselor License in Oregon

How to Become a School Counselor in Oregon

Graduates with a master’s degree in school counseling or School Counseling Certificate qualify for the Preliminary School Counselor License with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). Most of the steps required are completed during the final year of the graduate program. More information is available on the Oregon TSPC website.

Licensure Process
for School Counseling Graduates: First-Time Licensure – Preliminary School Counselor License

  1. Complete a background check and supply fingerprints

    Must be completed before the clinical practicum.
  2. Take the ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Exam before the clinical practicum

    Read more about this exam at
  3. Take the ORELA School Counselor NES Exam before internship

    More about this exam is available at
  4. Verify program completion

    Both the Graduate School of Counseling and graduating student complete paperwork verifying program completion and submit it to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), resulting in an Oregon Preliminary School Counselor License.


For graduates who would like to apply for their School Counselor ESA (Educational Staff Associate) Certification in the state of Washington, visit the website for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for details.


Sam Swan

Sam Swan

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Counseling Programs