Georgia - 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 degree requirements for counselors.

Georgia Administrative Code 505-2-.144. School Counseling

(1) Initial Certificate Requirements.

  • (a) Professional Certificate (See GaPSC Rule 505-2-.05 PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE):

      1. An applicant is eligible for a Standard Professional certificate in the field of School Counseling based on meeting the following requirements:
        • (i) Fulfilling one of the following options:
        • (I) Completion of a state-approved certification preparation program in School Counseling at the master's degree level - level five (5) - or higher;
        • (II) Completion of a master's degree or higher in a counseling area and submission of a valid National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) credential issued by the National Board of Certified Counselors; or
        • (III) Completion of a master's degree or higher in a counseling area and submission of a valid State of Georgia Professional Counselor's license issued by the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, O.C.G.A. Title 43, and
        • (ii) Meeting the Special Georgia Requirements (See GaPSC Rule 505-2-.24 SPECIAL GEORGIA REQUIREMENTS) applicable to the field of School Counseling:
        • (I) Content knowledge assessment- pass the GACE content knowledge assessment at the Professional level;
        • (II) Special education - course work in the identification and education of children who have special educational needs; and
        • (III) Standards of conduct.
  • (b) Induction Certificate (See GaPSC Rule 505-2-.04 INDUCTION CERTIFICATE):

      1. An Induction certificate in the field of School Counseling may be issued at the request of an employing Georgia local unit of administration (LUA) in the following circumstances:
        • (i) An applicant has met all of the requirements for the initial Standard Professional certificate outlined in section (1)(a), above, except that the GACE content assessment has been passed at the Induction level and not the Professional level;
        • (ii) An applicant does not hold an educator certificate but meets all of the following requirements:
        • (I) Hold a master's degree or higher from a GaPSC-accepted accredited institution in any counseling area; or a Master of Social Work degree; or a valid State of Georgia Clinical Social Work license issued by the Professional Licensing Boards Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, O.C.G.A. Title 43;
        • (II) Pass or exempt the Program Admission Assessment;
        • (III) Pass the GACE content knowledge assessment at the Induction level or higher;
        • (IV) Be accepted into a state-approved certification preparation program in School Counseling at the master's degree level or higher; and
        • (V) Meet Georgia's standards of conduct.
  • (c) Non-Renewable Professional Certificate (See GaPSC Rule 505-2-.09 NON-RENEWABLE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE):

    • (i) The applicant has satisfied all other requirements for the Standard Professional certificate except that the highest degree held is a bachelor's degree- level four (4) - state-approved certification preparation program in School Counseling, for completion of the options outlined in (1)(a);
    • (ii) The applicant holds an expired Georgia Standard Professional or Clear Renewable certificate or professional out-of-state certificate in School Counseling at the bachelor's degree level, for completion of the options outlined in (1)(a);
    • (iii) The applicant holds a renewable professional certificate in any field at the bachelor's degree level - level four (4) - or higher, has completed a master's or higher degree in any counseling area and can submit verification of acceptance into a state-approved certification preparation program in School Counseling for completion of the options outlined in (1)(a);
    • (iv) The applicant holds a renewable professional certificate in any field at level four (4) or higher and has completed all requirements for the Professional certificate in School Counseling outlined in (1)(a) above, except that the GACE content assessment has been passed at the Induction level but not the Professional level; or
    • (v) The applicant holds an expired Georgia Clear Renewable or Standard Professional School Counseling Certificate but has not met renewal requirements outlined in section (5) below.
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