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ERIC Number: ED454484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
School Counselor Shortages: A Statewide Collaborative Effort in Counselor Education.
Hobson, Suzanne M.; Fox, Richard W.; Swickert, Mary Lee
School counselors represent an integral part of a quality educational program designed to meet the personal, social, academic, and career development needs of today's students. Michigan school districts are experiencing and reporting a significant shortage of qualified and appropriately credentialed school counselors. A statewide initiative was undertaken to address this shortage. This paper provides information regarding the shortage and its possible causes; explains the process utilized by counselor educators to address the shortage; and shares information about an experimental credentialing program that was developed in response to the shortage. Although the actual impact of the two-tiered credentialing system on current shortage of school counselors in Michigan can only be established through systematic collection of data, it is hoped that the program will have a clear and positive effect. Representatives of the Michigan Department of Education stated that these efforts were a model for proactive, effective collaboration within the field of education. Over time it will be determined whether the experimental program has an impact on the shortage. Besides careful monitoring, large group discussions continue to work towards possible solutions. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan