School Counselor Education and Certification
One immensely important area of counseling is school counseling. Invaluable to students and the progress they make, School counselors go beyond helping people who are having problems. School counselors facilitate the process of guiding young people in the critical decision-making of choosing a career and organizing an intelligent academic game plan to help them reach their goals. School counselors help students navigate the circuitous and often challenging twists and turns of their school careers.
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School Counselor LicensureWhen working as a counselor with students in a public school, you must typically need licensing through your state’s Department of Education. If you want to work entirely in this setting, the best option is quite likely a Master’s in school counseling. Remember, that the higher the education you pursue and accomplish, the more career options you will have. Education is power! Prior to obtaining your license, you will need to pass a counseling exam. There are a variety of tests so it is important that you are familiar with your state’s requirements. The American School Counselor Association gives great information on news in your career.
Something you will have to consider is if you would like to work in a school or university setting. Some of these positions may not require you to have licensing, but those who are licensed will have an advantage over those who are not. By graduating from a CACREP program you will be able to become a licensed professional after the completion of your stat required supervised practice and examination. School counselors will choose to work privately or as school counselor. In most cases, they will be licensed by the board in their state. Make sure you qualify to sit for the licensing examination before you apply.