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

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State laws recommends minimum certification standards that include advanced coursework and graduate degree requirements for counselors and completion of a practicum or internship.

California Code of Regulations 5 CCR 80049. Specific Requirements for Professional Clear Services Credential with a Specialization in Pupil Personnel Services.

(a) A Services Credential with a Specialization in Pupil Personnel Services may be issued in the following areas: School Counseling, School Social Work, School Psychology, and School Child Welfare and Attendance on the basis of the completion of all requirements in subsections (b) or (c). Individuals seeking the School Child Welfare and Attendance area must also hold or be issued concurrently an authorization in School Counseling, School Social Work, or School Psychology.

(b) The minimum requirements for the professional clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential for applicants who complete a professional preparation program in California shall include (1) through (4):

  • (1) a baccalaureate or higher degree except in professional education from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
  • (2) the completion of a post baccalaureate professional preparation program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation in the requested pupil personnel services area of specialization, including successful completion of a supervised field practice appropriate to the specialization area, in a school setting in direct contact with pupils;
  • (3) passage of the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) described in Education Code Section; 44252(b); and
  • (4) the recommendation from a regionally accredited institution of higher education that has a program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation in the professional clear credential sought.

(c) The minimum requirements for the professional clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential for applicants who complete a professional preparation program outside California shall include (1) through (3). Applicants may apply directly to the Commission for the professional clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential under this section:

  • (1) a baccalaureate or higher degree except in professional education from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
  • (2) passage of the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) described in Education Code Section 44252(b); and
  • (3) the completion of a post baccalaureate professional preparation program comparable to a program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation in the requested pupil personnel services area of specialization, including successful completion of a supervised field practice appropriate to the specialization area, in a school setting in direct contact with pupils, but taken outside California. The program must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and approved by the appropriate state agency where the course work was completed;
    • (A) The professional preparation program of study for the school counseling specialization area must include a minimum of 30 semester units, or the equivalent in quarter units, of post baccalaureate study;
    • (B) The professional preparation program of study for the school social work specialization area must include a minimum of 45 semester units, or the equivalent in quarter units, of post baccalaurate study;
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