state statutes or regulations recommends minimum certification standards that include advanced coursework and graduate degree requirements for counselors and completion of a practicum or internship.
1 Code of Colorado Regulations 301-37 Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991
3.09(1)(e)(ii) School Counselor:
3.09(1)(e)(ii)(A) has held a Colorado professional special services license in school counseling for a minimum of five years;
3.09(1)(e)(ii)(B) has demonstrated professional growth through continuing education, professional leadership experiences and exceptional program development;
3.09(1)(e)(ii)(C) has demonstrated commitment to the school counseling profession through professional organization involvement, supervision and training of other school counselors, publication of professional materials and presentations at professional conferences; and
3.09(1)(e)(ii)(D) has demonstrated active community involvement, development of effective parent partnership programs and promotion of cooperation with other professional educators.
3.09(1)(e)(iii) School Occupational Therapist:
3.09(1)(e)(iii)(A) holds a master's degree in occupational therapy from an accepted institution of higher education;
3.09(1)(e)(iii)(B) holds an active occupational therapy license from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies;
Colorado Revised Statutes 22-102-103. Definitions
As used in this article 102, unless the context otherwise requires: (4) "School counselor" means a counselor holding a master's degree in educational counseling and a professional special services license in Colorado with an endorsement in school counseling, including but not limited to the completion of course work in the areas of academic and social emotional development; assessment for social and emotional concerns, including suicide prevention and intervention; crisis intervention; social-emotional prevention programs, including character education and violence prevention; mental health, protective factors for at-risk students, and career awareness, exploration, and planning. ... (6) "School mental health professional" means a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker.
Colorado Revised Statutes 22-91-102. Definitions
(6) "School counselor" means a person who holds a special services provider license with a school counselor endorsement issued pursuant to article 60.5 of this title 22 or who is otherwise endorsed or accredited by a national association to provide school counseling services. "School counselor" includes a person who holds a special services intern authorization pursuant to section 22-60.5-111 (3).