Tennessee - 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 degree requirements for counselors.

Rules of the Tennessee Department of Education 0520-02-03-.01 GENERAL INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS.

(1) Prospective Educators.

  • (a) Securing a License.
  • The educator shall be responsible for securing a license, verifying its accuracy, maintaining its validity, registering it with the employing board of education, and meeting the requirements of T.C.A. § 49-5-101.
  • (b) Unless otherwise designated in this chapter, prospective educators seeking initial licensure must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, be enrolled in or have completed a state-approved educator preparation program, and meet all requirements regarding assessments and qualifying scores as specified by State Board of Education rules or policy.
  • (c) Prospective educators seeking initial licensure must meet requirements in at least one area of endorsement.
  • (d) In-State Applicant for Initial License.
  • An in-state applicant applying for an initial license must apply through the appropriate official of the educator preparation provider.
  • (e) At the time of application, prospective educators seeking initial licensure must be recommended by an approved educator preparation provider.

Rules of the Tennessee Department of Education 0520-02-03-.04 SCHOOL SERVICE PERSONNEL LICENSES.

(1) General requirements for licensure, as defined in Rule 0520-02-03-.01 General Information and Regulations, apply to all school service personnel licenses.
(2) Licenses Currently Issued.

  • (a) Practitioner School Service Personnel License. Initial three (3) -year license issued to applicants upon completion of a preparation program approved by the State Board of Education, leading to endorsement as a school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, educational interpreter, school food service supervisor, school speech-language pathologist, or school audiologist. Applicants must have also submitted qualifying scores on the state required licensure assessment. The Practitioner School Service Personnel License is renewable once.
  • (b) Professional School Service Personnel License. A six (6) -year license issued to applicants upon meeting licensure expectations at the practitioner level, as a school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, educational interpreter, school food service supervisor, school speech-language pathologist, or school audiologist. The Professional School Service Personnel License is renewable.
    (3) License Advancement and Renewal.
  • (a) Practitioner School Service Personnel License. At the end of the validity period of the initial practitioner license, if the educator has not met licensure expectations, the practitioner license may be renewed once. If the educator has not met licensure expectations at the end of the second validity period, the license will become inactive.
  • (b) Professional School Service Personnel License. At the end of the validity period of the professional license, if the educator has met licensure expectations, the license will be renewed. If the educator has not met licensure expectations, the license will become inactive.
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