13A.12.03.02

.02 School Counselor.

The requirements for certification as a school counselor are:

A. Option I. The applicant shall submit:

(1) A master's degree in school counseling or school guidance and counseling from an IHE;

(2) A National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) certificate; and

(3) Two years of satisfactory performance as a teacher or school counselor in a school setting.

B. Option II. The applicant shall submit:

(1) A master's degree in school counseling or school guidance and counseling in a program approved using State-approved standards under COMAR 13A.07.06.01; and

(2) 2 years of satisfactory performance as a teacher or school counselor, or 500 clock hours in a supervised practicum in school counseling or school guidance and counseling.

C. Option III. The applicant shall submit a masterís degree in school counseling or school guidance and counseling from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

D. Option IV. The applicant shall submit:

(1) A master's degree in school counseling or school guidance and counseling from an approved program under the Interstate Contract agreement for support services; and

(2) 2 years of satisfactory performance as a teacher or school counselor or 500 clock hours in a supervised practicum in school counseling or school guidance and counseling.

E. Option V. The applicant shall submit:

(1) A masterís degree from an IHE; and

(2) A valid, professional certificate from another state and verification of at least 27 months of satisfactory performance as a school counselor during the past 7 years on the basis of which application is being made for a comparable Maryland certificate.

F. Special Provisions.

(1) Prior to the renewal or reinstatement of the current certificate, an educator certified as a school counselor shall provide one of the following:

(a) One semester hour of coursework from an Institution of Higher Education;

(b) One Department-approved continuing professional development credit; or

(c) An equivalent number of continuing education units.

(2) The coursework, professional development, or continuing education unit required by §F(1) of this regulation shall address:

(a) The need for intervention or referral in response to indicators of mental illness and behavioral distress, including, but not limited to:

(i) Depression;

(ii) Trauma;

(iii) Violence;

(iv) Youth Suicide; and

(v) Substance Abuse.

(b) The identification of professional resources and best practices for distributing resources to parents or guardians to help students in crisis.