Iowa - 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.

Iowa Administrative Code, 282 27.2(272) Educational Examiners Board, Chapter 27 Issuance of Professional Service Licenses - Requirements for a professional service license

27.2(1) Initial professional service license. An initial professional service license valid for a minimum of two years with an expiration date of June 30 may be issued to an applicant for licensure to serve as a school audiologist, school psychologist, school social worker, speech-language pathologist, supervisor of special education (support), director of special education of an area education agency, or school counselor who:

  • a. Has a master's degree in a recognized professional educational service area from a regionally accredited institution.
  • b. Has completed a state-approved program which meets the requirements for an endorsement in a professional educational service area.
  • c. Has completed the requirements for one of the professional educational service area endorsements.
  • d. Meets the recency requirement of 282--subparagraph 13.5(2)"b"(4).
  • e. Completes the background check requirements set forth in rule 282-13.1(272).

27.2(2) Standard professional service license. A standard professional service license valid for five years may be issued to an applicant who:

  • a. Completes requirements listed under 27.2(1)"a" to "d."
  • b. Shows evidence of successful completion of a state-approved mentoring and induction program by meeting the Iowa standards as determined by a comprehensive evaluation and two years' successful service experience in an Iowa public school. In lieu of completion of an Iowa state-approved mentoring and induction program, the applicant must provide evidence of three years' successful service area experience in an Iowa nonpublic school or three years' successful service area experience in an out-of-state K-12 educational setting.
  • c. Meets the recency requirement of 282--subparagraph 13.5(2)"b"(4).

27.2(3) Renewal. Renewal requirements for this license are set out in 282--Chapter 20.


Iowa Administrative Code, 282 27.2(272) Educational Examiners Board, Chapter 27 Issuance of Professional Service Licenses - Specific requirements for professional service license endorsements.

27.3(1) Elementary professional school counselor.

  • a. Authorization. The holder of this endorsement has not completed the teacher preparation coursework set forth in rule 281-79.15(256) but is authorized to serve as a professional school counselor in kindergarten and grades one through eight.
  • b. Program requirements.
    • (1) Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
    • (2) Completion of an approved human relations component.
    • (3) Completion of an approved exceptional learner component.
  • c. Content. Completion of a sequence of courses and experiences which may have been a part of, or in addition to, the degree requirements to include:
    • (1) The competencies listed in 282--subparagraphs 13.28(26)"c"(1) to (11).
    • (2) The teaching and counseling practicum. The candidate will complete a preservice supervised practicum and an internship that meet the requirements set forth in 282--subparagraph 13.28(26)"c"(12).

27.3(2) Secondary professional school counselor.

  • a. Authorization. The holder of this endorsement has not completed the teacher preparation coursework set forth in rule 281-79.15(256) but is authorized to serve as a professional school counselor in grades five through twelve.
  • b. Program requirements.
    • (1) Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
    • (2) Completion of an approved human relations component.
    • (3) Completion of an approved exceptional learner component.
  • c. Content. Completion of a sequence of courses and experiences which may have been a part of, or in addition to, the degree requirements to include:
    • (1) The competencies listed in 282--subparagraphs 13.28(26)"c"(1) to (11).
    • (2) The teaching and counseling practicum. The candidate will complete a preservice supervised practicum and an internship that meet the requirements set forth in 282--subparagraph 13.28(26)"c"(12).
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