How to Become a School Counselor in Minnesota

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 Minnesota.

Academics: (Option 1) Hold a master’s degree or the equivalent from a college or university that is regionally accredited and show proof of completing a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board preparation program leading to the certification of school counselors or (Option 2) Provide evidence of the completion of a prep program in school counseling accredited by CACREP;

Experience Requirements: 700 hours experience in CACREP program and 700 hours total in non-CACREP programs.

Assessment: None

Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: No

Licensure: K-12

Licensure Reciprocity: No

Criminal Background Investigation: National and state fingerprint check

Minnesota Department of Education 

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