Standard Guidance, Rank I (048)

StandGuidance

http://www.wku.edu/csa/


Program Coordinator

Cynthia P. Mason, cynthia.mason@wku.edu, (270) 745-4953

This program is designed for individuals with a master’s degree in school counseling who have a Kentucky School Counselor Certification. Program requirements are presented in three parts: courses for P-12 Certification, additional courses for Standard Guidance Certification, and additional courses for Rank I status. The P-12, Standard Guidance, and Planned 6th Year Rank I coursework is designed to provide additional preparation and competency for school counseling

P-12 Certification is a prerequisite for Standard Guidance and Rank I status. Individuals certified at the elementary (Grades K-8) or secondary (Grades 5-12) levels must first complete the 6 semester hours required to obtain P-12 Certification. The combined master's and Rank I programs for individuals with P-12 Guidance Certification require a minimum of 60 hours. Standard Guidance Certification is earned after one year of experience as a school counselor for those certified as teachers and two years of experience for those not previously certified as teachers. Many individuals complete the course work prior to completing the experience requirements.

Concentration(s)

  • Individual Intellectual Assessment (IIA)
  • Gifted Education Endorsement (KE37)
  • Extension from Elementary or Secondary Guidance to P-12, Certification-Only (KGCS)

Program Admission

To be admitted to the P-12, Standard Guidance, and Rank I Programs, applicants must complete the Graduate School application process. Admission requires applicants to document completion of a master’s degree in school counseling and current certification as a school counselor in Kentucky.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (60 hours)

Specific requirements for P-12, Standard Guidance, and Rank I depend on the applicant’s school counseling master’s degree program and current certification. For the Rank I, the total number of graduate hours earned must be at least 60, including the school counseling master’s degree.

State regulations require individuals who possess school counseling certification at the elementary (K-8) or secondary (5-12) level first to complete requirements (6 hours) for P-12 Certification. P-12 Certification is a prerequisite for Standard Guidance Certification and Rank I Status.

Rank I and Standard Guidance Certification Requirements for Individuals Who Possess Current School Counseling Certification at the Elementary (Grades K-8) or Secondary (Grades 5-12) Level
Required Courses
CNS 568Counseling Children and Adolescents3
CNS 660Organization and Administration of Guidance Services3
Total Hours6
Standard Guidance Program Requirements for Individuals Holding the P-12 School Counseling Certificate and Who Have Completed a 30 or 36-Hour Program in School Counseling
Required Courses
CNS 556Developmental Career Counseling3
CNS 666Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling3
Total Hours6
Standard Guidance Program Requirements for Individuals Holding the P-12 School Counseling Certificate and Who Have Completed a 48-Hour Program in School Counseling Consistent with CACREP School Counseling Standards
Required Courses
CNS 666Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling3
Select one of the following:3
Crisis, Trauma and Violence Counseling
Theories of Addictions
Play Therapy
Total Hours6
Rank I Program Requirements for Individuals With Standard Guidance Certification Who Have Completed a 30 or 36-Hour Program in School Counseling (For the Rank I, the total number of graduate hours earned must be at least 60.)
Required Courses
CNS 658Seminar in Guidance and Counseling3
Select five of the following courses not previously completed:15
Crisis, Trauma and Violence Counseling
Theories of Addictions
Play Therapy
Counseling Violent and Dysfunctional Families
Parenting Issues
Counseling Adolescents
Brief Counseling
Select one CNS elective with advisor approval
Total Hours18
Rank I Program RequirementsfFor Individuals With Standard Guidance Certification Who Have Completed a 48-Hour Program in School Counseling Consistent With CACREP School Counseling Standards (For the Rank I, the total number of graduate hours earned must be at least 60.)
Required Courses
Select two of the following:6
Crisis, Trauma and Violence Counseling
Theories of Addictions
Play Therapy
Counseling Violent and Dysfunctional Families
Parenting Issues
Counseling Adolescents
Brief Counseling
Select one CNS Elective with advisor approval3
Total Hours9

A certified teacher with a master's degree in a content area other than school counseling may obtain a Provisional Guidance Certificate P-12 by completing a second master's degree in School Counseling. Up to 12 hours of acceptable previous graduate work may be applied to this program if completed within the previous 6 years. However, all courses counted in the program must meet current standards. Because some older courses may not meet current standards, it may be necessary to evaluate older courses to determine whether they may be counted in the student’s program.