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.
Nevada Administrative Code 391.180. Endorsement as school counselor.
- The Department will issue an endorsement as a school counselor to provide counseling to pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 to qualified applicants.
- Except as otherwise provided in NAC 391.187, a person must hold an endorsement as a school counselor before counseling pupils.
Nevada Administrative Code 391.185. Qualifications for endorsement as school counselor.
To qualify for an endorsement to serve as a school counselor, a person:
- (a) Must hold a master's degree or a more advanced degree in school counseling;
- (b) Must hold a specialty credential as a national certified school counselor issued by the National Board for Certified Counselors;
- (c) Must hold a master's degree or a more advanced degree with a major in counseling conferred by a regionally accredited college or university and meet the requirements of subsection 2; or
- (d) Must:
- (1) Hold a master's degree or a more advanced degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university;
- (2) Have at least 2 years of teaching experience or at least 2 years of school counseling experience; and
- (3) Meet the requirements of subsection 2.
A person who desires to qualify for an endorsement pursuant to paragraph (c) or (d) of subsection 1 must have completed:
- (a) At least 600 hours of a practicum, internship or field experience in school counseling at any grade level in kindergarten through grade 12; and
- (b) At least 36 semester hours of graduate credits in school guidance and counseling in each of the following areas of study:
- (1) The process of individual counseling;
- (2) The process of group counseling;
- (3) Testing and educational assessments;
- (4) Legal and ethical issues in counseling;
- (5) Career counseling;
- (6) Organization and administration of school counseling programs;
- (7) Multicultural counseling;
- (8) Child and family counseling; and
- (9) Two of the following:
- (I) The use of technology in education.
- (II) Exceptional children.
- (III) Human growth and development.
- (IV) Substance abuse counseling.