Nevada - 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.

Nevada Administrative Code 391.180. Endorsement as school counselor.

  1. The Department will issue an endorsement as a school counselor to provide counseling to pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 to qualified applicants.
  2. 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.

  1. 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.
  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.
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