Rhode Island - 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.

Regulations Governing the Certification of Educators in Rhode Island 200-RICR-20-20-1 Section 11. Support Professional Certificate Areas

Support Professional certification is offered in specific fields and for specific grade ranges that qualify the support professional for specific assignments in Rhode Island public schools. Certification in support professional areas requires: an advanced degree; completion of an approved educator preparation program that assures completers demonstrate the competencies within the certification field prescribed by the appropriate professional association; field experience that includes a minimum of a 300 hour internship for instructional leaders, specialists/consultants, and school counselor certification areas; and passing scores on any knowledge of field testing required for the certification area.

11.1 Instructional Certificates
11.1.1 Instructional Leader [Effective 1/01/2015]
1) Validity of Certificate:

  • a) This certificate is valid for assignment as an Instructional Leader in grades PK-12 in Rhode Island Public Schools.

2) Requirements:

  • a) Holds certification as a Rhode Island teacher or support professional;
  • b) Three years of teaching experience;
  • c) Has completed an approved program in this certification area;
  • d) Holds an advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • e) Has completed a minimum of 300 hours of internship in this area; and
  • f) Has demonstrated field competencies as prescribed by the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium

11.2 Related Service Providers
11.2.1 School Counselor
1) Validity of Certificate:

  • a) This certificate is valid for assignment as a School Counselor in Grades PK-12 in Rhode Island Public Schools.

2) Requirements:

  • a) Has completed an approved program in this certification area;
  • b) Holds an advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • c) Has completed a minimum of 300 hours of internship in this area;
  • d) Has demonstrated field competencies as prescribed by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP); and
  • e) Has met all knowledge of field testing requirements for this certification area.

11.2.2 School Psychologist
1) Validity of Certificate:

  • a) This certificate is valid for assignment as a School Psychologist in Grades PK-12 in Rhode Island Public Schools.

2) Requirements:

  • a) Has completed an approved program in this certification area;
  • b) Holds an advanced degree in school psychology from a regionally accredited institution;
  • c) Has demonstrated field competencies as prescribed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); and
  • d) Has met all knowledge of field testing requirements for this certification area.

11.2.3 School Social Worker
1) Validity of Certificate:

  • a) This certificate is valid for assignment as a School Social Worker in Grades PK-12 in Rhode Island Public Schools.

2) Requirements:

  • a) Has completed an approved program in this certification area;
  • b) Holds a master's degree in social work;
  • c) Currently a licensed clinical social worker by the Rhode Island Board of Registration for Social Workers;
  • d) Has demonstrated field competencies as prescribed by the National Association of Social Workers; and
  • e) Has met all knowledge of field testing requirements for this certification area.
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