Mental Health in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania state requirements inhibit those earning master's degrees from another state from moving to Pennsylvania and have their education be recognized. Sadly, this stands in the way of many needed mental health workers from relocating to Pennsylvania, as the educational requirements to receive an LPC in PA exceeds that of many other states. In the state of Pennsylvania, those wishing to become licensed as an LPC must complete a “planned” master’s degree, which requires students to have 60 educational credits. Many other states only require a 42-hour master’s degree. One would think the simple solution would be to have those who received the 42-hour master’s degree simply take the additional credits when they move to PA or at another institution following graduation. However, Pennsylvania does not recognize this as a “planned” master’s degree and rather instructs individuals interested in becoming licensed in the state of Pennsylvania with a 42-credit master’s degree to begin a new program and obtain a new 60-credit degree! In this economy, no one is looking for additional student loans and educational costs when a majority of it has already been completed! Tell PA Licensing officials to allow individuals to take an additional 12-credit hours following graduation to encourage the movement of mental health professionals to our great state!
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