How to Become a School Counselor in Montana
In America, today’s school counselors do a lot more than their predecessors. It may be hard to tell from the outside looking in, but they help teachers and staff handle various issues, counsel parents, and sometimes play a crucial part in shaping education policy. They are a pivotal part of the student success equation, and they help schools create supportive and safe environments for students.
Want to become a school counselor in the United States, but want to know how? Don’t worry; the Edvocate has your back. Check out this guide that we created explaining how to become a school counselor in Montana.
Academics: There are 2 pathways: (1) Finish a CACREP-accredited school counselor program, which includes a practicum in a school environment of 600 hours, or (2) Finish a master’s degree in school counseling from an accredited college or university, including an internship in a school setting of 600 hours.
Experience Requirements: A internship of at least 600 hours in a school or school-related setting
Assessment: Yes, specific Montana-required PRAXIS
Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: Yes
Licensure Reciprocity: Yes
Criminal Background Investigation: Yes and must be of “good moral and professional character.”