NDE School Counseling Policy | Adopted by State Board of Education 10/2015
NDE School Counseling Endorsement – NEW – Effective 8/1/2017
Nebraska Accredited Schools
Pertaining to Guidance Programs (Rule 10)
007.05 Guidance Staff. Quality Indicator: A comprehensive, developmental K-12 guidance and counseling program assists all students in learning skills needed for academic success and for personal/social and career development. The guidance program includes planned classroom and group activities, counseling services responsive to individuals and small groups, and assistance to students in academic planning and placement. The school and community work cooperatively to provide appropriate support for students, families, and teachers.
Guidance and counseling programs are directed by professional staff with appropriate endorsements in guidance and counseling. Professional staff are assigned based upon local needs determined through a formal process documenting the needs.
007.05A Each K-12 and each secondary school system assigns at least a one-half time equivalency person to conduct a guidance and counseling program. The level of assignment is determined by the local school system and the person assigned holds a guidance and counseling endorsement appropriate for the level(s) assigned. When enrollment in a school system exceeds 400, the system assigns at least one full-time equivalency appropriately endorsed person.
007.05B School systems having a total of 300 or more students in the middle grades, secondary grades, or high school grades assign at least a one-half time appropriately endorsed person to provide guidance and counseling for the level. When the total enrollment in any of those levels reaches 450, one full-time equivalent appropriately endorsed person is assigned. Thereafter, an additional one-half time appropriately endorsed person is assigned for each 225 students at any of those levels.
007.05C School districts having 300 or more students in the elementary grades have guidance programs or services available for the elementary students. The procedures and time allotment are determined by the local school district.
007.05D Until September 1, 2006, a person holding a Nebraska Teaching Certificate with no endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling may be assigned to fulfill the requirements of Sections 007.05A and 007.05B if such person acquires at least six credit hours each year toward an endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling pursuant to 92 NAC 24. Persons employed by a Nebraska school to provide guidance and counseling services prior to July 1, 1989 and hold a Nebraska Special Services Certificate with an endorsement appropriate for guidance and counseling services may fulfill the requirements of this regulation.
007.05E In nonpublic schools, clergy holding a Nebraska teaching or administrative certificate may be assigned to fulfill the requirement of Sections 007.05A and 007.05B.
Nebraska Certification of Guidance Counselors (Rule 24)
School Guidance Counselor
Grade levels: K-6, 4-9, 7-12
Endorsement Type: Field
Persons with this endorsement may serve as school guidance counselors in kindergarten through grade 6, grades 4 through 9, or grades 7 through 12.
Certification Endorsement Requirements: The endorsement shall require the applicant to have had at least two years of teaching experience, 36 graduate semester hours and a master’s Degree in School Counseling, including;
•At least one hundred clock hours of clinical experience prior to internship; and
•At least four hundred fifty (450) clock hours of internship