Arkansas - School Counseling Staff Qualifications: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State laws recommends minimum certification standards that include advanced coursework and degree requirements for counselors.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-17-402. Personnel Licensure Generally - Rules

(a) The State Board of Education shall issue the license of a classroom teacher, an administrator, a guidance counselor, or a library media specialist.

(b) The state board shall promulgate rules for the issuance, licensure, relicensure, and continuance of licensure of teachers in the public schools of this state that:

  • (1) Require at a minimum that each in-state applicant for teacher licensure:
    • (A) Completes an educator preparation program approved by the Department of Education, which shall include without limitation:
      • (i) Educator preparation programs at institutions of higher education leading to a bachelor's degree or higher; and
      • (ii) Alternative educator preparation programs under § 6-17-409; and
    • (B) Demonstrates:
      • (i) Licensure content area knowledge; and
      • (ii) Knowledge of teaching methods;

RULES GOVERNING STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION OF ARKANSAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS

APPENDIX A - THE STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION

Standard 4: Human Capital

Standard 4-E Guidance Counselors

  • 4-E.1 Each public school district shall employ guidance counselors that meet the licensure requirements in accordance with the laws of the State of Arkansas and the rules of the Department or are working under an approved waiver in accordance with the laws of the State of Arkansas and the rules of the Department. (D/C)
  • 4-E.2 Each public school district shall have a student/guidance counselor ratio of no more than one to 450 students. (D/P)

Standard 4-F Library Media Specialists

  • 4-F.1 Each public school district shall employ library media specialists that meet the licensure requirements in accordance with the laws of the State of Arkansas and the rules of the Department or are working under an approved waiver in accordance with the laws of the State of Arkansas and the rules of the Department. (D/C)
  • 4-F.2 Public schools with fewer than three hundred (300) students shall employ at least one half-time library media specialist. Public schools with three hundred (300) or more students shall employ at least one full-time library media specialist. Schools enrolling fifteen hundred (1,500) or more students shall employ at least two full-time library media specialists. ( S/P)
    Arkansas Department of Education
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