How to Become a School Counselor in Montana

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 Montana.

Academics: There are 2 pathways: (1) Finish a CACREP-accredited school counselor program, which includes a practicum in a school environment of 600 hours, or (2) Finish a master’s degree in school counseling from an accredited college or university, including an internship in a school setting of 600 hours.

Experience Requirements: A internship of at least 600 hours in a school or school-related setting

Assessment: Yes, specific Montana-required PRAXIS

Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: Yes

Licensure: K-12

Licensure Reciprocity: Yes

Criminal Background Investigation: Yes and must be of “good moral and professional character.”

Montana Educator Licensing

Montana School Counselor Application

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