State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).
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:
- Be linked to the NJSLS;
- Take into consideration the American School Counselor Association's National Standard for School Counseling Programs;
- Be infused throughout the K-12 curriculum as appropriate for all students;
- Be supported by professional development programs;
- 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
- 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.