How to Become a School Counselor in Rhode Island
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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Academic Experience: Advanced degree from an accredited institution.
Necessary Courses: Completing a sanctioned program to prepare school counselor support professionals and completion of 300-hour Internship. Candidates who have not completed a sanctioned program can be certified by using the Credential Review Pathway, a program that allows eligible persons to pursue Rhode Island licensure by following a program of study. Teachers pursuing this pathway need to complete an entrance/exit assessment document.
Experience Requirements: Meet the content competencies.
Assessment: Yes – Praxis II Professional School Counselor test (5421) with a score of 156.
Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: No
Licensure Reciprocity: Yes
Criminal Background Investigation: At the district level
Rhode Island Department of Education/school counseling