How to Become a School Counselor in New Mexico
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.
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Academics: (Option 1) A certified school counselor credential sanctioned by the national board for certified counselors; or (Option 2) A professional mental health counselor (LPC) or professional clinical mental health counselor (LPCC) credential issued by the NM Counseling and therapy practice board and at least six semester hours of graduate credit in school counseling; (Option 3) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university; the master’s degree requirement can be satisfied by meeting the requirements: (1) master’s degree in school counseling from a university or (2) master’s degree in a field other than school counseling and 36-42 graduate hours in school counseling.
Experience Needed: Option 1 and 2: None; Option 3: 300-hour practicum or internship in a school setting.
Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: No
Assessment: New Mexico Content Knowledge Assessment for School Counselor
Licensure Reciprocity: No, but a license may be granted if you receive a master’s degree in a college outside of NM that meets the BOE standards.
Criminal Background Investigation: Yes