School Counseling Information

Professional School Counselors promote the personal/social, career, and academic growth and development of PreK-12 students.The school counseling program curriculum is a deliberate, integrated component of the educational agenda of the school. Comprehensive school counseling programs, designed to meet the holistic needs of all students, are a collaborative effort. Specifically, school counselors engage a multitude of stakeholders (i.e., parents, teachers, administrators, students and community partners) in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of school counseling programs. By removing barriers to student achievement, school counselors foster the potential for each individual to be a positive, contributing member of society and a lifelong learner. Beyond providing counseling services, school counselors are advocates for systemic change, leaders in building culturally responsive and community engaged schools, and experts at collaboration and teaming for student success.
The question has been posed, "What do school counselors do?" The more important question is, "How are students different as a result of what school counselors do?" To help answer this question, Louisiana is preparing a model for professional school counselor practiced based on the American School Counselor Association (2005) National Model. LCA and LSCA recommend that graduate students become acquainted with both the ASCA and the Louisiana Model.

How to become a Louisiana Professional School Counselor (Changes as of 2013)

Step 1: Earn a master’s degree in School Counseling from a CACREP accredited university (accreditation must be applied for by January 1, 2013 and completed by June 30, 2015) 

 Step 2: Complete the Praxis Examination  in School Guidance and Counseling.   Students who begin working toward certification after December 30,  2012 will be required to pass the Praxis Examination in School Guidance and Counseling.  Students who begin working toward their certification prior to January 1, 2013 will be given until June 30, 2017, to complete all courses and degree requirement specified by the previous policy

 (Candidates who are already in the process of working toward certification under the previous guidelines will be given until June 30, 2017 to complete all coursework. Individuals who have completed all courses and degree requirements for the previous policy by June 30, 2017 will be allowed to have this endorsement added to their certificates.)
Renewal Requirements. For purposes of maintaining a valid counselor endorsement, any school counselor receiving certification after July 1, 2013 is required to either provide verification of a current license professional Counselor (LPC) license or complete 150 hours of continuing learning units (CLUs) that are consistent with the Individual Professional Growth Plan (IPGP) over a five-year time period. These CLUs must be standards based and follow the models of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and CACREP.

Individuals receiving the ancillary certification by June 30,2017 must renew this certification every five years.   For renewal of this certificate individuals must successfully meet the standards of effectiveness for at least three years during the five year initial or renewal period pursuant to Bulletins 130 and mandated by Act 54 and must have the employer’s recommendation for renewal.
These individuals will not be required to meet the additional requirements listed in Steps 1 and 2 above upon renewal.

Submit information to:
Division of Certification and Preparation
Louisiana Department of Education
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

Louisiana universities that offer a school counseling program include:

Louisiana State University
Louisiana Tech University
Our Lady of Holy Cross
Northwestern State University
Nicholls State University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southern University-Baton Rouge
University of New Orleans
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
University of Louisiana—Monroe

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