Wyoming - 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.

Wyoming Administrative Rules 019-0001-4 Program Approval Standards For Endoresement Areas

Section 1. Endorsements.
The Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) issues Licenses with endorsements and approves educator preparation programs in endorsement areas based on Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) standards. State standards are used when SPA standards are not available.

Section 2. Program Approval and Program Reviews.
(a) The Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) program approval process aligns with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation review process. PTSB will continue to recognize National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation until such time as the last NCATE unit accreditation has expired.
(b) PTSB has adopted Specialized Professional Association (SPA) standards in all disciplines in which SPAs are available. Disciplines that do not have SPA standards must meet PTSB state standards, which can be found in Section 5 of this chapter. Program reviews submitted in disciplines that meet PTSB state standards shall follow the same process as SPA program reviews. Timelines shall be set by PTSB and the institution of higher education whose program is being submitted for review.
(c) An institution of higher education submitting a program for approval to PTSB shall:

  • (i) submit individual program reviews to the appropriate SPA seeking national recognition. The SPA report is then submitted to PTSB for final program approval;
  • (ii) submit individual program reviews within program clusters to CAEP seeking feedback. PTSB determines the standards used for each cluster in the program reviews. The feedback report is then submitted to PTSB for final program approval; or
  • (iii) submit individual program reviews to PTSB. The institution shall use SPA program standards, when available, in their review process; programs that do not have a SPA will use PTSB state standards. The PTSB Program Review templates, which are available from PTSB upon request, shall be used for all programs submitted directly to PTSB for review and program approval.
    (d) The PTSB has final approval of all programs submitted to PTSB including programs submitted to SPAs or CAEP for program reviews.

Section 3. Limitations.
PTSB requires the following licensure requirements in addition to SPA or PTSB state standards:
(a) an institution of higher education seeking approval for any initial licensure program (first educator license in Wyoming) shall require a minimum of eight (8) consecutive weeks of student teaching in an accredited school setting.
(b) an institution of higher education seeking approval for any added endorsement program shall require a minimum of a three (3) semester hour practicum at the grade level(s) of the added endorsement for candidates who do not hold current licensure at that grade level(s).
(c) individuals seeking an administration endorsement shall verify at least three (3) years of successful classroom teaching or related service in a K-12 public school setting.


Wyoming Administrative Rules 019-0001-4 Program Approval Standards For Endoresement Areas

Section 9. Incorporation by Reference.
(a) For any code, standard, rule, or regulation incorporated by reference in these rules:

  • (i) PTSB has determined that incorporation of the full text in these rules would be cumbersome or inefficient given the length or nature of the rules;
  • (ii) the incorporation by reference does not include any later amendments or editions of the incorporated matter beyond the applicable date identified in subsection (b) of this section;
  • (iii) the incorporated code, standard, rule or regulation is maintained at 1920 Thomes Avenue, Suite 400, Cheyenne, WY 82002 and is available for public inspection and copying at cost at the same location; and
  • (iv) the incorporated code, standard, rule or regulation is available on the internet at http://ptsb.state.wy.us/RulesRegulations/PTSBEndorsementStandards/tabid/257/Default.aspx.
    (b) All standards incorporated by reference in Section 4 Table 1 are as follows:
  • (i) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), as existing on July 1, 2014 including amendments adopted by ACTFL as of that date. Copies of these standards can be obtained from ACTFL at the following location: http://www.actfl.org/2013-program-standards-the-preparation-foreign-language-teachers.
  • (ii) American Library Association (ALA)/American Association of School Librarians (AASL), as existing on July 1, 2014 including amendments adopted by ALA/AASL as of that date. Copies of these standards can be obtained from ALA/AASL at the following location: http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aasleducation/schoollibrary/2010_standards_with_rubrics_and_statements_1-31-11.pdf.
  • (iii) American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), as existing on July 1, 2014 including amendments adopted by ASHA as of that date. Copies of these standards can be obtained from ASHA at the following location: http://www.ash a.org/ Certification/2014-Speech-Language-Pathology-Certification-Standards/#Standard _II.
  • (iv) Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) as existing on July 1, 2014 including amendments adopted by ACEI as of that date. Copies of these standards can be obtained from ACEI at the following location: http://www.acei.org/images/ stories/documents/ACEIElementaryStandardsSupportingExplanation.5.07.pdf.
  • (v) Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), as existing on July 1, 2014 including amendments adopted by AECT as of that date. Copies of these standards can be obtained from AECT at the following location: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/aect.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/AECT_Documents/AECTsta ndardsREV2005.pdf?hhSearchTerms=%22Standards%22.
  • (vi) Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) as existing on July 1, 2014 including amendments adopted by CEC as of that date. Copies of these standards can be obtained from CEC at the following location: http://www.cec.sped.org/Standards/ SSpecial-Educator-Professional-Preparation/CEC-Initial-and-Advanced-Preparation- Standards.
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