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Academic and experience requirements for certificationSchool counselors and school psychologists.

Candidates for school counselor and school psychologist certification shall complete the following requirements in addition to those set forth in WAC 181-79A-150 and 181-79A-226: Provided, That it shall not be necessary for any candidate who holds a master's or doctorate degree to obtain the specified master's degree if the candidate provides satisfactory evidence to the superintendent of public instruction that he or she has completed all course work requirements relevant to the required master's degree and has satisfactorily completed a comprehensive examination required in such master's degree program. This examination shall be an examination of an accredited institution of higher education or the National Counselor Examination (NCE) of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) or, in the case of school psychologists, hold the NCSP accreditation from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Provided, That if any candidate has been awarded a master's degree without a comprehensive examination, the candidate, as a condition for certification, shall successfully complete the Praxis II exam in the appropriate role.
(1) School counselor.
(a) Residency.
(i) Hold a master's degree with a major in counseling.
(ii) Completion of an approved school counselor program.
(b) Continuing.
(i) Hold or have held an initial or residency school counselor certificate, and have completed at least fifteen quarter (ten semester) credit hours of graduate course work offered by an accredited institution or one hundred fifty clock hours of study which meets the state continuing education clock hour criteria pursuant to chapter 181-85 WAC, or a combination of credits and clock hours equivalent to the above. The study shall:
(A) Be based on the school counselor performance domains included in WAC 181-78A-270 (4)(a);
(B) Be taken subsequent to the issuance of the most recent initial or residency school counselor certificate.
(ii) The candidate shall provide documentation of one hundred eighty days or full-time equivalent or more employment in the role of school counselor with an authorized employeri.e., school district, educational service district, state agency, private school, or private school systemand at least thirty days of such employment with the same employer.
(c) Professional. A professional certificate may be earned by an individual who holds or has held a school counseling certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
(d) Beginning with certificates first issued or renewed after July 1, 2015, continuing and professional certificates for school counselors include a requirement for suicide prevention training per RCW 28A.410.226.
(2) School psychologist.
(a) Residency.
(i) The candidate shall hold a master's degree with a major or specialization in school psychology.
(ii) Completion of an approved school psychology program.
(b) Continuing.
(i) Hold or have held an initial or residency school psychologist certificate, a master's degree with a major or specialization in school psychology, and have completed at least fifteen quarter (ten semester) credit hours of graduate course work offered by an accredited institution or one hundred fifty clock hours of study, which meet the state continuing education clock hour criteria pursuant to chapter 181-85 WAC, or a combination of credits and clock hours equivalent to the above. The study shall:
(A) Be based on the school psychologist performance domains included in WAC 181-78A-270 (5)(a);
(B) Be taken subsequent to the issuance of the most recent initial or residency school psychologist certificate.
(ii) The candidate shall provide documentation of one hundred eighty days or full-time equivalent or more employment in the role of school psychologist with an authorized employeri.e., school district, educational service district, state agency, private school, or private school systemand at least thirty days of such employment with the same employer.
(c) Professional. An individual who holds an NCSP certificate issued by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) shall be deemed to have met the requirement for professional certification.
(d) Beginning with certificates first issued or renewed after July 1, 2015, continuing and/or professional certificates for school psychologists include a requirement for suicide prevention training per RCW 28A.410.226.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. WSR 17-11-104, § 181-79A-221, filed 5/22/17, effective 6/22/17; WSR 15-20-059, § 181-79A-221, filed 10/1/15, effective 11/1/15; WSR 14-24-057, § 181-79A-221, filed 11/25/14, effective 12/26/14; WSR 14-09-121, § 181-79A-221, filed 4/23/14, effective 5/24/14; WSR 11-15-051, § 181-79A-221, filed 7/15/11, effective 8/15/11; WSR 08-12-055, § 181-79A-221, filed 6/2/08, effective 7/3/08; WSR 06-14-010, § 181-79A-221, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. WSR 06-02-051, recodified as § 181-79A-221, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.401.010 [28A.410.010]. WSR 04-21-040, § 180-79A-221, filed 10/15/04, effective 11/15/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). WSR 99-01-174, § 180-79A-221, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]
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