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.
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.