How to Become a School Counselor in Alaska

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 Alaska.

Academics: A bachelor’s degree or higher and (Option 1) Completing a teacher education program, or an alternative teacher preparation program accepted by the board or the commissioner with an endorsement in school counseling or (Option 2) Completing a counseling program at a regionally accredited institution.

Necessary Courses: Completing 3 semester hours in Alaska studies, 3 semester hours in multicultural education or communication, and six semester hours or nine quarters of credit earned within the last five years.

Experience Requirements: None

Assessment: None

Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: Yes, recommendation of the preparing institution

Licensure: K-12

Licensure Reciprocity: Yes, with all states, but requirements must be met

Criminal Background Investigation: Yes

Alaska Department of Education

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