ERIC Number: ED413545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to State Laws and Regulations on Professional School Counseling. Certification Requirements and Mandates.
Professional school counselors are required by law and/or regulation in every state to obtain a state-issued credential in order to be employed in public schools. Information regarding certification requirements and state mandates are covered in this report. The information was compiled through an analysis of state laws, regulations, credentialing applications, and written and telephone communications with state officials. The requirements and qualifications needed to obtain state credentialing in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia were then summarized in a series of charts. The requirements outlined for each state are those necessary to obtain an initial, entry-level credential as a professional school counselor. Some states permit school counselors to obtain provisional or temporary credentials pending their satisfaction of all of these requirements. An increasing number of states are establishing alternative paths for the credentialing of teachers and other school personnel and information on alternative certification programs that affect requirements for professional school counselors is provided. Each state's entry features the address and phone number of the Department of Education and information on educational requirements, experience requirements, requisite examinations, reciprocity, and background checks. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Counselors, Credentials, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Counselors, Standards, State Departments of Education, State Regulation, State Standards, Work Experience
ACA, Office of Government Relations, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.