How to Become a School Counselor in Mississippi

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 Mississippi.

Education Requirements: (Option 1) Possess a standard teaching license, and a master’s degree in counseling; or (Option 2) Master’s degree in another field AND completion of a sanctioned program for guidance and counseling and a passing score on the Praxis II; or (Option 3) Finish a sanctioned master’s degree program for guidance and counseling and a full-year internship, or (Option 4) Hold National Certified School Counselor credential given by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Experience Requirements: If the candidate does not already possess an MS teaching certificate, they must complete a full-year internship.

Assessment: Pass Praxis I and/or Praxis II: School Guidance and Counseling depending on the option

Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: No

Licensure: K-12

Licensure Reciprocity: Yes

Criminal Background Investigation: No

Mississippi Department of Education

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