Professional Licensing Disclosure
If your career requires professional licensure, your license to practice may have specific state or national requirements.
If you are seeking a license for your field, you may need to reach out to a licensing entity or state agency to receive your credentials.
Learn more below about specific state requirements.
All states and territories require 150 credit hours for licensure; therefore, the BS in Accounting program alone does not meet the educational requirements for licensure as a CPA. In some states, applicants may have the option to sit for the CPA examination while completing their additional coursework.
Teacher Education Programs
Upper Iowa University offers undergraduate programs in Birth-Grade 3: Inclusive Settings, Elementary Education, Instructional Strategist BD/LD/ID, Reading, All Social Science, Social Science Basic, Agriculture Education, All Business, All Science, American Sign Language, and Industrial Technology. Upper Iowa University’s programs are based on the licensure requirements of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Recommendations by a certifying official are for Iowa licenses and endorsements only.
A Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) background check is required before students are allowed to participate in experiences in the field.
Upper Iowa University’s Teacher Education Program is approved by the Iowa State Board of Education. Changes in licensure requirements of the Iowa Department of Education may affect requirements for students.
Master of Science in Counseling Program
UIU Counseling Program Licensure Disclosure
Upper Iowa University Online Counseling degree program in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling has been designed to meet the licensure/certification state requirements for licensing in most states. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their states. Therefore, the state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure based on the rules, policies and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure/certification. The online in Counseling program strongly encourages the individual to contact the appropriate licensing board in their state before beginning their academic program (see below). Additionally, the individual can consult with the Counseling program Faculty Advisor or Director about state requirements for licensing/certification in the state where they intend to practice.
Graduate Student Responsibility
Graduate students are strongly encouraged to review the specific academic requirements in the online Counseling program, including those related to practicum and/or internship, as well as pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check. The Counseling program highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their states of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning their academic program that results in licensure and prior to beginning any practicum and/or internship. Many licensure boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. Changes in requirements can impact the program’s ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board(s) in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements. Upper Iowa University shall not be held liable if the graduate student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum and/or internship site.
|State||Licensure Board Name||Website
|Alabama||Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling||http://abec.alabama.gov/
|Alaska||Alaska Board of Professional Counselors||https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/ProfessionalCounselors.aspx
|Arizona||Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners||https://www.azbbhe.us/
|Arkansas||Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy||https://abec.statesolutions.us/|
|California||Board of Behavioral Sciences||www.bbs.ca.gov|
|Colorado||Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners||https://dpo.colorado.gov/ProfessionalCounselor|
|Connecticut||Connecticut Department of Public Health, Professional Counselor Licensure||https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/Professional-Counselor/Professional-Counselor-Licensing|
|Delaware||Professional Counsel of Mental Health Licensure||https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/psychology/|
|District of Columbia||DC Health Professional Counseling Licensing||https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/professional-counseling-licensing|
|Florida||Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling||https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/|
|Georgia||Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists||https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43|
|Hawaii||Professional and Vocational Licensing Division||https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/contact/|
|Idaho||Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists||https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=COU|
|Illinois||Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation||https://www.idfpr.com/DPR.asp|
|Indiana||Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board||https://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm|
|Iowa||Iowa Department of Public Health||https://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Behavioral-Science|
|Kansas||Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board ||https://ksbsrb.ks.gov/|
|Kentucky||Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors||https://lpc.ky.gov/|
|Louisiana||Louisiana State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors||https://www.lpcboard.org/|
|Maine||Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure||https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/board-of-counseling-professionals-licensure|
|Maryland||Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapist||https://health.maryland.gov/bopc/Pages/index.aspx|
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions||https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-allied-mental-health-and-human-services-professions|
|Michigan||Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs||https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27536---,00.html|
|Minnesota||Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy ||https://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/licensees/license-renewal/lpc-renewal.jsp|
|Mississippi||State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors||https://www.lpc.ms.gov/wplpc/|
|Missouri||Missouri Division of Professional Registration||https://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp|
|Montana||Board of Behavioral Health||http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/bbh|
|Nebraska||Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services||http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Mental-Health-and-Social-Work-Practice.aspx|
|Nevada||State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marraige and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors||http://marriage.nv.gov/|
|New Hampshire||Board of Mental Health Practice||https://www.oplc.nh.gov/board-mental-health-practice|
|New Jersey||Professional Counselor Examiners Committee||https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pc
|New Mexico||New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board||http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/counseling_and_therapy_practice.aspx|
|New York||Professional Education Program Review||http://www.nysed.gov/college-university-evaluation/professional-licensure-programs|
|North Carolina||NC Counseling Association||https://nccounselingassociation.org/
|North Dakota||North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners||http://www.ndbce.org/licensing.shtml|
|Ohio||Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board||https://cswmft.ohio.gov/|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health||https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/|
|Oregon||Oregon State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists||http://www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT/pages/index.aspx|
|Pennsylvania||Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs||https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/Pages/default.aspx|
|Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico Board of Examiners in Psychology||http://www.salud.gov.pr/|
|Rhode Island||RI Department of Health, Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists||https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=228|
|South Carolina||South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists||https://llr.sc.gov/cou/|
|South Dakota||South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors & Marriage and Family Therapists||https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/counselors/counselors.aspx|
|Tennessee||Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists||https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/pcmft-board.html|
|Texas||Texas Department of State Helath Services- Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors||http://www.dshs.texas.gov/counselor/|
|Utah||Utah Department of Commerce,Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing||https://dopl.utah.gov/cmhc/|
|Vermont||Board of Allied Mental Health - VT Secretary of State's Office||https://sos.vermont.gov/|
|Virginia||Virginia Department of Health Professions Board of Counseling||https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/|
|Washington||Certified Counselors and Hypnotherapists Advisory Committee (housed at the WA Department of Health)||https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/CertifiedCounselor|
|West Virginia||WV Board Examiners in Counseling||http://www.wvbec.org/becominganlpc.html|
|Wisconsin||State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services||https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/LPC/Default.aspx|
|Wyoming||Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board||https://mentalhealth.wyo.gov/home|