College of Education


Indiana Licensure as a School Counselor

In order to obtain Butler University's institutional recommendation for the Indiana Professional Standards Board initial practitioner license as a School Counselor, one must complete the forty-eight hour MS in School Counseling program, as well as meet other exit requirements.
* Note: Neither teaching experience nor a teaching license is a requirement for obtaining a school counselor license in the State of Indiana.

For more information contact:
Ms. Katie Russo
College of Education Certification Officer
Butler University
Jordan Hall 185
(317 940-9331)


Office of Educator Licensing and Development
PH: (317) 232-9010
FAX: (317) 232-9023
Website: Office of Educator Licensing and Development

CPR/Heimlich/Defibrillator Requirement

The State requires all students seeking a teaching license to provide evidence of completing a course in

CPR/Heimlich Maneuver before issuing an initial teaching license.
Applicants who receive an "initial" teacher's license must have successfully completed training in:
1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes a test demonstration on a mannequin;
2. Moving a foreign body causing an obstruction in an airway; and,
3. The Heimlich maneuver.

Please be sure to visit an approved provider.


Since 1997, program graduates seeking school counseling positions have been very successful in doing so. Approximately 20% of the graduates obtain positions in elementary schools, 30% in middle schools, and 50% in high schools. Approximately 70 students are enrolled in the program with approximately seventeen women and three men graduating each year.

The College of Education Student Personnel Services Office, located in Jordan Hall 185, assists program graduates in their job search activities.

Read more information about graduate outcomes of the School Counseling program.

National Counselor Certification

The National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential is one of several hallmarks of professionalism, and while not required to practice as a school counselor in the State of Indiana, is a credential which not only identifies you as a professional, but helps advance the cause of professional counseling throughout the world. Also, the National Counseling Examination taken for the NCC is required by state counselor licensure boards in more than forty states. There are currently 50,000 counselors with the NCC credential.