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ERIC Number: ED535150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 152
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-0399-7
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A Survey Study of School Counselors' Perceptions of the Importance of Professional Development Areas
Curran, Laura J. Bridegan
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri - Columbia
The requirements for school counselor certification have changed since 2000 in Missouri. Most notably, the requirement of previous teaching experience has been removed. As a result, individuals from backgrounds other than teaching have the opportunity to earn their masters' degrees in school counseling and earn the student services certificate of license to teach. Since the position of counselor developed out of teaching, many studies have examined teaching experience or lack of it as variables. Yet none has examined school counselors' perceptions of the importance of professional development areas related to the MoStep School Counseling Competencies. This research study surveyed school counselors to determine if there was a relationship between teaching experience or lack of it and counselors' perceived importance of 18 professional development areas derived from the MoStep School Counseling Competencies. The study also examined demographic variables, self-efficacy and stress, and their possible relationships to counselors' perceptions of the importance of professional development areas related to the MoStep School Counseling Competencies for those with teaching experience and those who lack teaching experience. Findings suggest that teaching experience has no relationship to counselors' perceptions of the importance of professional development areas. However, an unanticipated finding was that counselors' perceptions of the importance of professional development areas was related to counselors' years of experience as a counselor. The issue of years of experience has not been studied regarding school counselors, but has been examined in teaching. Since the early years of counselor experience are important to success in the profession, issues such as early-career mentoring and administrative understanding of the role of the school counselor may prove useful. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri