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

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


11.09 School Counselor (PreK-12)

To be endorsed as a school counselor, an applicant shall hold a master's or higher degree in school counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; have successfully completed an approved program in school counseling as defined by accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs or demonstrate equivalent coursework and training experiences; have passed a state-approved assessment in school counseling; have completed a minimum of 100 clock-hours of a practicum, scheduled throughout the program, and a 600 clock-hour internship, supervised by a licensed school counselor in a school setting with multiple grade levels of students. The internship shall provide opportunities for the candidate, under the supervision of a licensed school counselor, to engage in a variety of activities that an effective school counselor would be expected to perform as identified in the Colorado School Counseling Standards. The school counselor applicant shall demonstrate the competencies listed below:

11.09(1) A school counselor demonstrates mastery of and expertise in the domain for which the counselor is responsible.

11.09(2) A school counselor supports and/or establishes safe, inclusive and respectful learning environments for a diverse population of students.

11.09(3) A school counselor plans, delivers and/or monitors services and/or specially designed instruction and/or creates environments that facilitate learning for students.

11.09(4) A school counselor reflects on personal practice.

11.09(5) A school counselor demonstrates collaboration, advocacy and leadership.

[Policy section repealed effective 08/14/2018.]

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