How to Become a School Counselor in North Dakota
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 North Dakota.
Academics: Have a master’s degree in education, counseling, or a related human service field.
Necessary Courses: (1) elementary counseling, (2) secondary counseling, (3) counseling internship, (4) counseling management, (5) theories, (6) assessment tactics, (7) group counseling, (8) career counseling, and assessment; (9) social and multicultural counseling, (10) ethics and law, (11) counseling tactics.
Experience Requirements: (1) Possess a current educator’s professional license, (2) Possess a school-based internship of at least 450 hours, which must consist of 150 hours at the elementary level and at least 150 hours at the secondary level.
Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: Obtain a favorable letter of recommendation from the counselor’s state-sanctioned school counseling program advisor.
Licensure Reciprocity: No
Criminal Background Investigation: Yes, FBI background check and fingerprinting.
North Dakota Department of Education