ERIC Number: ED349480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-19
Reference Count: N/A
Counselor Credentialing and School Counselor Employability in North Carolina.
Schmidt, John J.
This study sought to: (1) examine the impact of national certification, state registration, counselor education accreditation, and state certification on the hiring practices of local school systems; (2) assess the knowledge that school personnel officers have of various counseling credentials; (3) assess the knowledge and attitudes of prospective school counselors regarding available credentials; (4) assess the knowledge and attitudes of practicing school counselors regarding available credentials; and (5) assess the degree to which provisional certification was sought by school systems for newly hired counselors. Questionnaires were filled out by 79 school system personnel directors (or the person to whom they forwarded the questionnaire); 334 school counselors; and 111 graduate students in counselor education programs. Results indicated that national counselor credentials have had little influence on employment decisions for counselors. Overall the state certification for school counselors in North Carolina was viewed as significantly more important than any other credential in making employment decisions. All groups perceived their knowledge of national credentials and the state registry for counselors at low to moderate levels. In contrast, their knowledge of state certification for school counselors was highly rated. A majority of the school counselors indicated that they had graduated from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) approved program, although this finding is unlikely, since only three programs in North Carolina are CACREP accredited for school counseling. This investigation suggests that the counseling profession should take steps to clarify and verify the importance of these credentialing processes. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (San Antonio, TX, September 16-20, 1991).