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 School Counselor Certification  



Upon completion of the Master of Education in School Counseling, graduates are eligible to be certified as an Elementary School Counselor or Secondary School Counselor or can choose to be certified in both areas. The Elementary School Counselor certification enables students to work in K-6 schools and students with Secondary School Counselor certification can be employed in 7-12 schools. The coursework is the same for each certification area.  Students will choose which area(s) of certification that they would like to complete during the internship portion of the program. For an elementary certification, a student would complete all 600 hours in the elementary setting while students desiring a secondary certification would complete the 600 hours in a secondary setting. Students wishing to be eligible for both certifications would complete 300 hours in each setting.

Students must take the School Counseling and Guidance PRAXIS II exam (5421) and have a passing score. Students must also have earned a 3.0 GPA in the master’s program. Information and registration information can be found at Additional helpful information about PRAXIS can also be found on SRU’s Career Education and Development through the Education Majors link.

To apply for certification, students should go to the Department of Counseling and Development D2L site and in the School Counseling area you will find instructions for applying for certification using the TIMS process. If you need further assistance, please contact the College of Education Dean’s office at 724.738.2880.

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