ERIC Number: ED396217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Differences in Perception of Classroom Teaching Experience for School Counselor Certification Requirements in Montana.
Nowlin, James; Yazak, Daniel L.
Counselor educators and practitioners have debated the necessity of classroom teaching prior to becoming a school counselor. This research seeks to add to the discussion by presenting the perspective of practicing school counselors and administrators in Montana. Additionally, the study was conducted following a Montana Office of Public Instruction decision not to require classroom experience for purposes of school counselor certification. Administrators and counselors were asked to rank their opinions as to whether or not classroom teaching was necessary, and, if so, how many years of teaching would be optimum. Results indicate that practicing school counselors are equally divided on the optimum teaching background required to become a school counselor: either 1-3 years or 4-7 years. School administrators reported that the ideal teaching background would be 4-7 years. The that the ideal teaching background would be four to seven years. The research suggests that longitudinal information is needed, thus necessitating additional information for documenting trends. Two tables present data. Contains 34 references. (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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