How to Become a School Counselor in Arizona

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 Arizona.

Academics: Master’s degree from an accredited institution, completion of a graduate program in counseling or in a related discipline, or master’s degree from an accredited institution in academic advising. Some of these options have deficiencies that have to be finished within 3 years to renew certification.

Experience Requirements: (1) 2 years of verified, full-time experience as a school counselor or (2) 3 years of verified teaching experience, or (3) finish a supervised counseling practicum in school counseling from an accredited institution.

Assessment: None

Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed? Official transcripts required

Licensure: K-12

Licensure Reciprocity: Yes, A valid school counselor certificate from another state may substitute for all education and experience requirements.

Criminal Background Investigation: Valid Class 1 or Class 2 Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by ADPE.

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Requirements for the Standard School Counselor, PreK-12 CertificateEducator Certification Home Page for Arizona Department of Education

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