How to Become a School Counselor in Nebraska

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 Nebraska.

Academics: Master’s degree in school counseling with at least 36 semester graduate hours.

Experience Requirements: (1) Must have 2 years of teaching experience and (2) At least 100 clock hours of clinical experience before internship; and at least 450 clock hours of practicum. Nebraska school counseling licensure on teaching certificate and alternative route if the candidate does not have a Nebraska teaching certificate.

Assessments Needed:
(1) Praxis I PPST: Reading: 170, Writing: 172, and Mathematics: 171
(2) Praxis I CBT: Reading: 316, Writing: 318, and Mathematics: 316
(3) Content Mastery Exam for Education–Basic Skills Test: Minimum Score of 850.

Is an Institutional Recommendation Needed?: No

Licensure: K-6, 4-9, 7-12, K-12

Licensure Reciprocity: No

Criminal Background Investigation: Yes, for all residents.

Nebraska Department of Education/school counseling

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