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A school counseling program is an articulated, sequential, kindergarten-through-grade 12 program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, driven by data, and integral to the school district’s curricula and instructional program. The program must be implemented by a qualified professional school counselor who is appropriately licensed by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

School Counseling endorsements include:

School Counselor Update Newsletter

In collaboration with multiple agencies, the School Counselor Update is a newsletter created to support the multi-tier, multi-domain work of school counselors. The newsletters come out four time each school year.

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2020-2021 School Counselor Update Distribution Dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021

K-12 Articulated, Sequential School Counseling Programs

Iowa Professional School Counselor Administrative Rules

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Iowa’s College and Career Readiness Definition

Iowa School Counseling Association (ISCA)

Iowa's Chapter 12 Interpretation Matrix - includes standards for school counseling programs

School Counselor as a Professional

Evaluation Supplement for School Counselors – Tool to support the administrator and the counselor through the evaluation process.

There are five institutions (listed in alphabetical order) that provide training and licensing in Iowa for School Counselors:

Ethical Standards for School Counselors

Resources for School Counselor Educators

School Counselor and Academic Development

ASCA National Model Templates

Professional Development of School Counselors

Resources for Implementing Programs

Iowa Return-to-Learn Support - Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health (Equity)

Education COVID-19 Guidance and Information

Iowa's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Iowa's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

School Climate Transformation - Social Emotional Learning


Mental Health

Attendance Works

College and Career Readiness

Future Ready Iowa

Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning

Career and Academic Planning

Iowa’s College and Career Readiness Definition

Community Colleges

Iowa College Aid

AEA Support Contacts


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 27, 2020 at 7:03pm.