Standard 5 - School Counselor

Approved July, 2012
Implementation November, 2013

School counselor candidates, in order to support student achievement of the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements, will complete formalized learning opportunities, including an internship, in an approved program that includes:

Successful Demonstration of Standards:

5.A. School Counseling Program. Certified school counselors develop, lead, and evaluate a data-driven school counseling program that is comprehensive, utilizes best practices, and advances the mission of the school.

5.B. Student Learning and Assessment. Certified school counselors use their knowledge of pedagogy, child development, individual differences, learning barriers, and Washington State learning requirements to support student learning. They work effectively with other educators to monitor and improve student success.

5.C. Counseling Theories and Techniques. Certified school counselors use a variety of research-based counseling approaches to provide prevention, intervention, and responsive services to meet the academic, personal/social and career needs of all students.

5.D. Equity, Advocacy, and Diversity. Certified school counselors understand cultural contexts in a multicultural society, demonstrate fairness, equity, and sensitivity to every student, and advocate for equitable access to instructional programs and activities.

5.E. School Climate & Collaboration. Certified school counselors collaborate with colleagues, families, and community members to establish and foster an inclusive, nurturing, and physically safe learning environment for students, staff, and families.

5.F. Professional Identity and Ethical Practice. Certified school counselors engage in continuous professional growth and development and advocate for appropriate school counselor identity and roles. They adhere to ethical practices and to the Washington State and federal policies, laws, and legislation relevant to school counseling.

5.G. Performance Assessment. An approved preparation program for school counselors shall require that each candidate engage in an assessment process using the standards-based benchmarks approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board and published by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The benchmarks may not be changed without prior Professional Educator Standards Board approval. All candidates shall exit the residency certificate program with a draft professional growth plan.