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Issues Related to Licensure

As a clinical psychology graduate program, our aim is to give you a broad education that will help you be maximally prepared for the variety of career paths you might take upon graduation or later in life. Most students choose to pursue a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs) or enter the mental health profession. Some who enter the mental health profession are interested in becoming licensed; for that reason, we provide the information below.

Numerous graduates of our program have succeeded in obtaining state licensure. Typically, they have facilitated this process by taking extra courses offered in other graduate programs.  Often, students find these extra courses at graduate programs at SIUE, such as social work and art therapy. Sometimes, they find those extra courses at other universities.  Our program does not control the scheduling of these extra courses and cannot guarantee their availability at any given time.

For students interested in pursuing licensure with the degree they earn from our program, it is important to recognize that master's-level licensure is licensure as a counselor, typically a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and that requirements for this license vary by state. Numerous graduates of our program have obtained such licensure in the past. If you think master's-level licensure is something you might pursue, it's important to educate yourself about what is required of you by state licensing boards. Each state typically has a Division of Professional Regulation (or some similarly titled agency) that provides licensing information, reviews license applications, and makes determinations on license applications. As each state uses different criteria, it's important that you find out what any particular state requires for licensure. In order to meet the requirements for licensure in a particular state, you may need to take additional courses beyond our program's requirements prior to graduation.

Given that our program is located in Illinois, we've put together some general guidelines regarding Illinois state licensure requirements based on the experiences of some of our graduates in the past. However, given that state requirements can change, it is important for you to learn the specific requirements for licensure in any given state at any given time. The responsibility for meeting licensure requirements belongs to the student. Although many of our students have successfully obtained licensure in Illinois and other states, completion of our graduate program does not guarantee licensure eligibility in any state.

General issues regarding Illinois State Licensure Requirements that our graduates have experienced in the past:

    • At times, Illinois guidelines have required students to accumulate 48 hours of course work PRIOR to graduation with their master's degree. 
    • In addition to the specific courses required by our program, students have often been required to take elective courses in other areas, such as Substance Abuse, Career Counseling, or other areas. Such elective courses are often offered in other graduate programs at SIUE, but our program cannot guarantee that any such course will be offered during the semester a given student seeks to take it, or at a time that is compatible with their schedule, or that the other graduate program will allow enrollment by students from our program. Additionally, our program cannot guarantee that a particular course will meet a particular educational requirement per state licensure requirements.
    • In most states, licensure requires a period of supervised clinical work (often one to two years) after completion of the master's degree. See specific state regulations for more details.
    • For more information on licensure in Illinois, please see the Illinois State Licensure website at
    For those interested in licensure in Missouri, please see the website
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