Post-Masters Counseling Program

POST-MASTERS CERTIFICATES & LICENSURES

For those students who already possess a master's degree in counseling and are interested in pursuing the Pre-K to 12 certification as a school counselor in the state of Pennsylvania, contact Dr. Stacey Havlik. The Department of Education and Counseling will review your educational background and advise you on what classes you will need to complete to become certification eligible. You must be a former Villanova graduate, in order to complete field work through Villanova’s Counseling program (such as a practicum or internship). If you graduated from a counseling program that is not Villanova University, you will not be permitted to complete additional field work at Villanova’s Counseling Program. 

Our department actively supports the pursuit of licensure by qualified candidates and will work with students to help them meet their goals. In order to do so, it is important for candidates to know what coursework they need in order to meet the educational requirements under the law, as well as other requirements (such as examinations, completion of the required supervised practice, etc.). These needs often differ from person to person, based on previous educational coursework. 

  • Pennsylvania Act 136 of 1998 provides for the licensure of professional counselors. The use of the title Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) without a license is restricted by law except in exempt public settings such as schools and government affiliated agencies.
  • Act 136 requires the completion of a planned program of study consisting of 60 semester hours of graduate course work in counseling or a closely related field, including a 48-semester hour master's degree in counseling or a closely related area. 

Intent to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC), including individuals who have completed a 48 credit hour program in counseling: 
The Department of Education and Counselor offers opportunities to complete the additional credits required for licensure in the Commonwealth. It is important to note, however, that the Department cannot assess previously completed coursework or determine the courses you may need to become licensure eligible. Only the PA Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors can formally assess previously completed coursework for its applicability toward meeting the requirements set forth in the law. Students who are unsure if their previous coursework meets the requirements for licensure can contact the State Board's website, including the law and educational requirements. You must obtain a written summary of educational needs before applying to take courses in our program. Once the state board has determined your educational needs, contact Dr. Stacey Havlik, who can assist in the application process and development of a course of study. 
 
Please note, you must be a former Villanova graduate in order to complete any field work through Villanova’s Counseling program (such as a practicum or internship). If you graduated from a counseling program that is not Villanova University, you will not be permitted to complete additional field work at Villanova’s Counseling Program. 

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