New Jersey - School Counseling—secondary grade levels (9-12): Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in secondary grade levels (9-12).

New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:8-3.2 Career education and counseling

(b) In fulfillment of the NJSLS, district boards of education shall develop and implement a comprehensive and developmental system for the delivery of guidance and academic counseling for all students to facilitate career awareness, exploration, and preparation. The system shall:

  1. Be linked to the NJSLS;
  2. Take into consideration the American School Counselor Association's National Standards for School Counseling Programs;
  3. Be infused throughout the K-12 curriculum as appropriate for all students;
  4. Be supported by professional development programs;
  5. Provide developmental career guidance and academic counseling, linked to the NJSLS, designed to:
    • i. Assist students in making and implementing informed educational and career choices, including opportunities to change career focus;
    • ii. Support students' academic attainment, career development, and personal/social development;
    • iii. Develop students' understanding of the relationships among academic attainment, career development, and personal/social development; and
    • iv. Encourage students to create and maintain portfolios consisting of student accomplishments including academic and career-oriented work samples that reflect achievement of the NJSLS; and
  6. Allow district boards of education to select the delivery format, which may include:
    • i. An integrated curriculum that is based on NJSLS 9.1 through 9.4 and provides students the opportunity to acquire information about their career interests and/or take advanced courses linked to their career interests; and/or
    • ii. Specialized programs that reflect the needs of students and the community.
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