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.
CSPG 76 - Elementary and Secondary School Counselor (PK-12)
This page covers the certification requirements for school counselors
The Pennsylvania Code § 49.102. Educational Specialist I
(a) The Educational Specialist I Certificate is valid for 6 years of service in public schools in this Commonwealth in each area for which it is endorsed. It may be converted to an Educational Specialist II Certificate in any endorsement area as provided in § 49.103 (relating to Educational Specialist II). (b) The Educational Specialist I Certificate will be issued to applicants who:
- (1) Present evidence of successful completion of a Department-approved educational specialist preparation program or its equivalent.
- (2) Present evidence of satisfactory achievement in assessments prescribed by the Department under § 49.18(a) (relating to assessment).
- (3) Receive recommendation for certification from a college or university if completing a Department-approved educational specialist preparation program.