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School Counselor License

The role of a Michigan school counselor can be fulfilled by individuals who hold any of the following credentials:

  • School Counselor License (SCL)
  • Michigan Teaching Certificate with the School Counselor (NT) endorsement
  • Preliminary School Counselor Credential (PSCC)
  • Temporary School Counselor License (TSCL)

Two of the four credentials noted above are renewable:

  • School Counselor License
  • Michigan Teaching Certificate with the School Counselor (NT) endorsement

Both credentials are valid for five-years with unlimited renewals. Review the detailed School Counselor Assignments information to determine which credential is appropriate for a specific assignment or role.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) issues the School Counselor License (SCL) in accordance the Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 380.1233, MCL 380.1531, and the Administrative Rules for the Certification and Licensure of School Counselors R 390.1305-1306. 

In-State Applicants

Applicants who are enrolled in a school counselor program at an approved Educator Preparation Institution will be evaluated for eligibility of a School Counselor License (SCL) by the in-state university certification officer based upon the program they are completing. While completing a program an applicant may initially be recommended for a Preliminary School Counselor Credential (PSCC) to support employment and school placement/assignment during internship.

The SCL can be issued to candidates who have fulfilled all Michigan college/university and academic requirements, including the following:

  • Completion of at least 30 graduate level semester hours in an approved school counselor education program; 
  • An internship of not less than 600 clock hours based on an approved school counselor program in a school district under the supervision of a credentialed school counselor or a school counselor educator. At least 300 of the 600 clock hours shall be in a school setting; and
  • Passage of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) School Counselor examination. 

Out-of-State Applicants

Applicants who complete all requirements of an approved, out-of-state school counselor education program, and/or fulfill requirements as noted above, are eligible to be evaluated for the SCL by the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) Office of Educator Excellence.

Out-of-state candidates who apply for the SCL may initially receive a Temporary School Counselor License (TSCL).

An application for the SCL is submitted via the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). Prior to applying all candidates must fulfill the following:

  • Applicant completed a master’s degree or higher in a school counselor educator program including internship in a school setting at an out-of-state university or its equivalency.


  • Applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree AND has successfully worked out-of- state as a school counselor 5 out of the immediately preceding 7 years, plus hold a valid school counselor certificate/license issued by another state.

Upon evaluation as an out-of-state candidate, qualifying applicants will be required to take and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) School Counselor examination.

Note: Information pertaining to renewing a school counselor credential can be accessed via the School Counselor Credentials Renewals guidance.

Educators who hold the School Counselor (NT) endorsement on a teaching certificate, regardless of current assignment, must meet the requirements of law per MCL 380.1233(6) to renew that teaching certificate. Endorsements are not renewed; rather, certificates are renewed, and a renewal of that certificate will maintain the existing endorsements. An endorsement can only be removed from a Michigan teaching certificate if the nullification process is utilized.