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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:
The following institutions provide training and licensing in Iowa for school counselors:
- Buena Vista University
- Drake University
- Loras College
- University of Iowa
- University of Northern Iowa
- Upper Iowa University
Becoming a School Counselor in Iowa - Additional licensure information from the Iowa School Counselor Association.
K-12 Articulated, Sequential School Counseling Programs
School counselors design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes. The program development is guided by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model as a framework.
The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs - Outlines the components of a school counseling program that is integral to the school’s academic mission and is created to have a significant positive impact on student achievement, attendance and discipline.
- Ethical Standards for School Counselors
- Toolkits, Frameworks and Resources
- ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success
- Templates and Tools
Iowa Professional School Counselor Administrative Rules
Iowa's Chapter 12 Interpretation Matrix - Includes standards for school counseling programs
School Counselor as a Professional
School counselors are appropriately licensed/certified educators who design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that improve student outcomes
Iowa Evaluation Supplement for School Counselors - Within this document, you will find a section devoted to the eight teaching standards crosswalked with the ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards and Competencies. In an effort to strive toward continuous improvement and growth, it is recommended that school counselors and administrators utilize the Annual Administrative Conference to reflect back on the most recently completed Evaluation Supplement in order to consider what professional learning needs exist as well as progress made toward implementation of School Counselor Professional Standards and Competencies.
Supporting Iowa’s School Counselors: The Iowa School Counselors Association (ISCA)
The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) - Provides advocacy for and supports to Iowa school counselors as they implement school counseling programs in line with the ASCA National Model. An annual conference is held each fall and supports the ISCA Vision of advocacy, communication, marketing and the cultivation of leadership to develop emerging leaders.
Resources for Implementing a Comprehensive Program
Iowa's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Iowa's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Association for Career and Technical Education: Counseling and Career Development Division
Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning
Iowa’s College and Career Readiness Definition
National Association for College Admissions Counseling
AEA Counselor Contacts
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