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Requirements change to earn a School Counseling master's degree

October 11, 2017

CHADRON – New Nebraska Department of Education requirements remove obstacles for those interested in earning a School Counseling master’s degree at Chadron State College, according to Dr. Laura Gaudet, professor and chair in the CSC Counseling, Psychological Sciences and Social Work department.

In the past, CSC requirements for candidates to enter this graduate program included a Nebraska teaching certificate and two years of teaching experience. Both requirements have been removed.

Also, the School Counseling degree will now be available in three levels: PK-8, 7-12 and PK-12.

The third major development is that a candidate with an undergraduate degree in any subject is eligible to enter the School Counseling program.

“This is huge. It’s powerful because it gives so much flexibility to students,” Gaudet said.

Gaudet said three candidates have already been interviewed to enter the new School Counseling program and a fourth, is completing an internship through CSC.

Through several agencies’ efforts, the changes to the requirements took about 18 months to occur, according to Gaudet.

In spite of the state changes, a federal requirement remains in place that requires all students without a current teaching endorsement to complete Introduction to the Exceptional Learner (SPED 230) and Multicultural Counseling (COUN 535).

Likewise, Nebraska’s Department of Education requires students without a teaching degree to complete 12 credits of graduate education courses: Integrated Classrooms Methodologies (EDUC 531), Curriculum Development (EDCI 635), Advanced Methods of Performance Assessment (EDUC 639) and Reading & Writing in the Middle/Secondary Schools (READ 530) or Reading and the At-Risk Student (READ 535).

In the world of work, the more certifications and licenses you have, the better it is for professional life,” Gaudet said. “There has been such a shortage for so long, this change opens up a huge wheelbarrow of options.”

For more information about this new option, contact Gaudet at 308-432-6332 or lgaudet@csc.edu.

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