and Social Foundations
SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM
Requirements for Florida School Counselor Certification
To be eligible for Florida State Certification in
School Counseling, specific courses and experiences are required. Unless
the student has met the requirements in another way, these courses and
experiences are included in the student's planned program.
In addition to completing courses in the program plan
requirements for certification include:
1. At least one internship in School Counseling that must be completed
in a public or private elementary or secondary school setting to total at
least six (6) semester credit hours.
2. Pass the Florida State Certification Examination for School
3. Students in the School Counseling program who are not certified as
a teacher in the State of Florida must also pass the following
a. CLAST Basic Proficiency Exam (if not completed as an undergraduate)
b. Florida Teacher Certification Professional Skills Exam
c. The General Knowledge test if the student took the CLAST exam after
July 1, 2002 (see page 21 in SECTION B)
Florida School Counselor Certification:
In order to be a
practicing school counselor in Florida, the student must become certified
by the State of Florida Department of Education (DOE) Division of
Certification. Certification by the state is distinctly different from
licensure by the state and from national certifications. Academic and
experiential requirements for DOE certification in school counseling are
established by the Florida DOE. It should be noted that Florida is one of
the few states that permits certification in school counseling for persons
who have NOT been previously certified as teachers.
Students planning to achieve DOE certification in
school counseling should: (a) be enrolled in the appropriate program
plan, (b) inform their faculty advisor when discussing their program plan,
and (c) obtain the appropriate informational materials at the earliest
possible time in the students' program. It is essential that students
plan their programs carefully in order to be eligible for DOE
Students should be aware that it is their
responsibility to ensure that they have fulfilled the DOE requirements in order to be eligible for DOE certification. The department faculty
will make every possible attempt to assist in planning programs
appropriately. However, neither the department nor the College of
Education can act on behalf of the Florida DOE Division of Certification.
Therefore, students with concerns about whether the courses and
experiences they plan to take are acceptable to the DOE should contact the
Florida DOE Division of Certification directly and ask for clarification.
Students should also be aware that DOE certification
is NOT "automatic" upon graduation from the school counseling program and
that the department does NOT apply for certification on students'
behalf. Students must make direct application to the Florida DOE
Division of Certification and request the certification they are seeking
and apply to take the exam.
The Department of Education Website is: www.fldoe.org
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