National Certification and State Licensure

Freed-Hardeman University has designed the Master of Science in Counseling with National Certification and State Licensing Requirements as its model.


NATIONAL CERTIFICATION (National Board of Certified Counselors):

  1. Hold a Master's Degree in Counseling from a regionally accredited university.

  2. Complete a minimum of 48 semester hours within the required coursework.

  3. Complete two academic terms of field experience in a counseling setting.

  4. Document two years of postmaster's counseling experience.

  5. Provide two professional reference assessments.

  6. Pass the National Counselor Examination.


STATE LICENSURE (Qualifications for Tennessee Licensure With Mental Health Services Provider Designation):

  1. Prior to submitting an application, each of the following qualifications must be met by a candidate for professional counselor with Mental Health Services Provider designation:

    1. Be at least 18 years of age.

    2. Must provide evidence that he is highly regarded in moral character and professional ethics (Rule 0450-1-.05).

    3. Meet the following educational requirements prior to the date of application:

      1. Sixty (60) graduate semester hours, based upon a program of studies with a major in counseling, completed from an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, or a comparable accrediting body;

      2. The graduate coursework should include, but is not limited to, the following core areas (one course may satisfy study in more than one of the study areas):

        1. Theories of human behavior, learning and personality

        2. Abnormal behavior and psychopathology

        3. Theories of counseling and psychotherapy

        4. Evaluation and appraisal procedures

        5. Group dynamics, theories and techniques

        6. Counseling techniques

        7. Ethics

        8. Research

        9. Use of the DSM

        10. Treatment and treatment planning

        11. Clinical practicum or internship (pursuant to T.C.A. 63-22-104)

    4. Complete three thousand (3000) hours of supervised post-masters professional experience, including one hundred and fifty (150) contact hours of supervision obtained pursuant to Rule 0450-1-.10(6);

    5. Pass the examination pursuant to Rule 0450-1-.08.

  2. For the purpose of mental health service provider designation pursuant to T.C.A. 63- 22-150, "has completed a minimum of nine (9) graduate semester hours of coursework specifically related to diagnosis, treatment, appraisal and assessment of mental disorders" will be interpreted to mean passing nine (9) semester hours, either during the course of a graduate degree or as post-graduate work, in courses which include diagnosis, treatment and treatment planning, appraisal and assessment of mental disorders, psychopathology, and the use of the DSM, were the entire focus of the course or comprised a substantial portion of the course work.