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Expand Your Opportunities with Licensure

Make the most of your counseling, psychology, or therapy degree from Capella University by earning your license. In most U.S. states and Canadian provinces, a professional license may be necessary for:

  • Access to employment: Allows counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals to work with clients.
  • Earning compensation: Allows counselors, therapists, and psychologists to bill insurance companies, and makes them eligible for malpractice insurance.
  • Protecting the public: Allows states to regulate professions by establishing and enforcing standards relating to competency and ethical behavior. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits.
  • Ensuring competent professionals: Guarantees members of a profession are current in their knowledge and are competent by requiring continuing education course work.

Do I Need a License?

Knowing your career goals and your state's requirements is key to understanding which license, if any, you need. Capella offers degree programs that help prepare you to meet state licensing prerequisites. Our Enrollment Counselors can help you decide which program aligns best with your professional goals. If your goals require licensure, they can provide information about your state's unique requirements. However, we cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement.

Capella Offers Licensure Preparation for the Following Professions

Licensed Professions Example of Professions Capella Programs
Counseling and
Counselors, therapists, school counselors, substance abuse counselors, and school psychologists MS Mental Health Counseling
MS Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
MS Addiction Counseling
MS School Counseling
Psychology Psychologists, psychological assistants, and school psychologists MS and PsyD Clinical Psychology
MS Counseling Psychology
MS plus Specialist Certificate in School Psychology

Capella Licensure Support

Capella's licensure team research licensing requirements in all 50 states on a regular basis and has established relationships with state licensing boards and educator licensing offices. An Enrollment Counselor who specializes in your profession of interest will provide specific information about educational requirements for licensure in your state. Additionally, Capella's licensure team supports all graduates through the license application process. This type of specialized support is available throughout your program and after graduation, as you navigate changes in your career and life. Contact an Enrollment Counselor for help on understanding your state's licensure requirements or for more information on Capella's specialized support.

What Is Involved In Getting Licensed?

Each state licensing board, agency or office creates rules or regulations that provide the specific details governing the profession, including licensing requirements. Licensing requirements generally include specific educational components, fitness to practice, clinical field work experience, examination(s) and fees. It is very important to understand all of these licensing requirements.

Learn more about licensure requirements.