District of Columbia - 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.

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 1657 SCHOOL COUNSELOR

1657.1 For certification as a school counselor, the following shall be required:
(a) A master's degree in counseling from an accredited institution;
(b) A minimum of two (2) successful academic years of full-time experience in teaching. One year could be satisfied by full-time work experience in a non-school setting;
(c ) Completion of graduate level requirements that include the following:

  • (1) Philosophy and principles underlying guidance and other pupil personnel services;
  • (2) The theory and practice of counseling, including work with exceptional and culturally diverse students;
  • (3) Educational and psychological measurement;
  • (4) Career development theory including career planning and decision-making techniques and the use of occupational and educational information;
  • (5) Understanding the individual (i.e., the nature and range of human characteristics);
  • (6) Group counseling and group guidance processes;
  • (7) Research and evaluation;
  • (8) Elementary, middle, and secondary school counseling; and
  • (9) No less than three hundred (300) clock hours of graduate level university supervised field experience in counseling in a school setting, pre-K-12. One hundred (100) of these required hours (twenty (20) hours per year) may be granted prior to classroom teaching experiences. The hours of field experience shall be performed in pre-practicum, practicum, or internship and shall include demonstration of skills/competencies in the following:
    • (A) Individual, group, play, therapy, family therapy, consultation, career development, measurement and evaluation, placement and follow-up, computer literacy, and multicultural education;
    • (B) This field experience requirement may be met by completion of a degree in school counseling from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) or a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) certificate; or
    • (C) Completion of a degree in school counseling from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) or a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) certificate.
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