School Counseling Portfolio and/or CPCE Info

Students:

As a point of clarification regarding the completion of the School Counseling Portfolio and/or the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) as a requirement for graduation, please see the following points:
1.  If you are currently enrolled in the 48 hour School Counseling Program, you are not required to take the CPCE and can submit a Portfolio as a final requirement for graduation.  However, you do have the option of choosing to take and pass the CPCE as an alternative to completing the Portfolio.  This would be a discussion with your advisor to determine what would be the best route.
2.  If you are currently enrolled in the 48 hour School Counseling Program, but have decided to add on 6 hours to be eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), you are not required to take the CPCE and can submit a Portfolio as a final requirement for graduation.  However, you do have the option of choosing to take and pass the CPCE as an alternative to completing the Portfolio.  Taking the CPCE would provide some valuable feedback and data that could be used to help you prepare for the National Counselor Exam (NCE), the exam required to become a LPC.  Our recommendation for those students in the School Counseling Program choosing to complete 54 hours and pursue licensure as an LPC is to take the CPCE.
3.   If you are currently enrolled in the 60 hour Professional School Counseling Program, you are required to take the CPCE as requirement for graduation.
Hope this clarifies any confusion as we transition from the 48 to 60 hour Professional School Counseling program.

Mark Schwarze, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, LCAS, CCS
Assistant Professor
Field Placement & Testing Coordinator
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
School of Education
Department of School Administration & Counseling
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372
(910) 521-6898
mark.schwarze@uncp.edu
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