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State Requirements

State Requirements

Each state and province has different licensing requirements that are governed by a specific group or agency such as a board. To understand your state's requirements, start by contacting an Enrollment Counselor. Additionally, you will want to do your own research on your state's requirements — the following resources may be helpful:

Earning a Degree Out of State

Because Capella's main campus is located in Minnesota, and we have students in all 50 states and 61 countries, we have designed our programs to meet national standards or accreditations recognized by many states. For our education programs, we have also sought approvals specific to Minnesota, Georgia, and Arizona, given state approvals are a key requirement to achieve education licensure. For most Capella students, earning a degree from Capella is similar to earning a degree at a university outside of their state, and then moving back to their state to pursue their professional license. Capella's Enrollment Counselors can provide specific information about unique educational requirements in your state. Contact an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.

Reciprocity and Transferring of Licenses

Most states have rules that address reciprocity and the transfer of licenses from another state; although for counseling and therapy licenses, most states will require you to meet their state's educational requirements as if you were a new applicant. For education licenses, including school counseling and psychology, most states will accept a license from another state as the basis for licensure in their state without further educational assessment. As you relocate and seek new opportunities, Capella's licensure resources and support will be available throughout your program.

State Resources

Alabama

Addiction Counselor
Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association

Licensed Professional Counselor
Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling

Marriage and Family Therapist
Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage & Family Therapy

Licensed Psychologist
Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Alabama State Department of Education

Alaska

Arizona

Addiction Counselor
Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Licensed Professional Counselor
Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Marriage and Family Therapist
Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Licensed Psychologist
Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Arizona Department of Education

Arkansas

California

Addiction Counselor
California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators

Licensed Professional Counselor
California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Marriage and Family Therapist
California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Licensed Psychologist
California Board of Psychology

School Counselor and School Psychologist
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Addiction Counselor
Florida Certification Board

Licensed Professional Counselor
Florida Board of Mental Health Counseling

Marriage and Family Therapist
Florida Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Psychologist
Florida Board of Psychology

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Florida Department of Education

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Addiction Counselor
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Licensed Professional Counselor
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Marriage and Family Therapist
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Licensed Psychologist
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Kansas State Department of Education

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Addiction Counselor
Maine Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors

Licensed Professional Counselor
Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure

Marriage and Family Therapist
Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure

Licensed Psychologist
Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Maine Department of Education

Maryland

Addiction Counselor
Maryland Board of Professional Counselors

Licensed Professional Counselor
Maryland Board of Professional Counselors

Marriage and Family Therapist
Maryland Board of Professional Counselors

Licensed Psychologist
Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Maryland State Department of Education

Massachusetts

Michigan

Addiction Counselor
Michigan Certification Board for Addictions Professionals

Licensed Professional Counselor
Michigan Board of Counseling

Marriage and Family Therapist
Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Psychologist
Michigan Board of Psychology

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Michigan Department of Education

Minnesota

Addiction Counselor
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapist
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensed Psychologist
Minnesota Board of Psychology

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Minnesota Department of Education

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Addiction Counselor
Vermont Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board

Licensed Professional Counselor
Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health

Marriage and Family Therapist
Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health

Licensed Psychologist
Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Vermont Department of Education

Virginia

Addiction Counselor
Virginia Board of Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselor
Virginia Board of Counseling

Marriage and Family Therapist
Virginia Board of Counseling

Licensed Psychologist
Virginia Board of Psychology

School Counselor and School Psychologist
Virginia Department of Education

Washington

District of Columbia

West Virginia

Addiction Counselor
West Virginia Certification Board

Licensed Professional Counselor
West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling

Marriage and Family Therapist
West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling

Licensed Psychologist
West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists

School Counselor and School Psychologist
West Virginia Department of Education

Wisconsin

Wyoming



Canadian Licensure

Alberta

Licensed Psychologist
College of Alberta Psychologists

British Columbia

Manitoba

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

Licensed Psychologist
Nova Scotia Board Main Page

Ontario

Saskatchewan




Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is learners' responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their state.