How to Become a School Counselor in Hawaii

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 Hawaii.

Academics: Completing a master’s degree in School Counseling. The Counseling and Guidance program has to meet the national and state standards.

Experience Requirements: Program must include a practicum in a k-12 school setting as the degree requirements.

Assessment: Must require a passing score by the 4th year of employment. (1) Praxis I: Reading: 172, Writing: 171, Mathematics: 173; and (2) Praxis II: Principles of Learning & Teaching: K-6: 163 or 7-12: 157; (3) Praxis II: School Counseling and Guidance: 580.

Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: Yes, must recommend for certification

Licensure: Pre K –12

Licensure Reciprocity: Yes

Background: Yes

Hawaii Department of Education

Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

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