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

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

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

Florida Administrative Code 6A-4.0181 Specialization Requirements for Certification in Guidance and Counseling (Grades PK-12)

(1) Plan One. A master's or higher degree with a graduate major in guidance and counseling or counselor education which includes three (3) semester hours in a supervised counseling practicum in an elementary or secondary school, or

(2) Plan Two. A master's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours of graduate credit in guidance and counseling to include the areas specified below:

  • (a) Three (3) semester hours in principles, philosophy, organization and administration of guidance,

  • (b) Three (3) semester hours in student appraisal including administration and interpretation of standardized tests,

  • (c) Three (3) semester hours in education and career development information practices and systems,

  • (d) Three (3) semester hours in learning, personality theory, and human development,

  • (e) Three (3) semester hours in counseling theories and individual counseling techniques,

  • (f) Three (3) semester hours in group counseling and guidance techniques,

  • (g) Three (3) semester hours in consultation skills and techniques for conferring with groups such as agencies, teachers, and parents,

  • (h) Three (3) semester hours in legal, ethical, and current issues affecting school counselors,

  • (i) Three (3) semester hours in specialized counseling techniques for use with elementary or secondary level special populations such as exceptional students, dropouts, and minorities, and

  • (j) Three (3) semester hours in a supervised counseling practicum in an elementary or secondary school.

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