College of Education

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

School Counseling National Board Certification

Requirements for the NBPTS School Counseling certificate differ somewhat from the NBPTS teaching certificates. School counselors manage different challenges in their practice than their teacher colleagues. To better meet this need, WSU offers a National Board Support Program specifically for school counselors.

WSU NBPTS Certification for School Counselors

WSU provides three interactive online support opportunities specifically for school counselors.

A.  Foundations to NBPTS Certification for School Counselors      

The Foundations webinar is the starting point for your National Board certification journey.  The interactive webinar is a prerequisite for enrollment into our Component 1 & 2 seminars. The webinar will focus on the connection between the Five Core Propositions, the NBPTS School Counseling standards; the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching/School Counseling, and the school counseling writing requirements/process for National Boards.

  • $150 registration fee*
  • Three 2-hour sessions


B. Component #1 NBPTS Certification for School Counselors

Component #1-Content Knowledge support sessions are delivered in an online-cohort environment that will guide you through the preparation process for the NBPTS assessment center activities.

  • $200 registration fee*
  • Eight 2-hour sessions


C. Component #2 NBPTS Certification for School Counselors    

Component #2-Differentation in Instruction support sessions are delivered in an online-cohort environment.  This model allows you to work on the requirements for Component #2 while being supported by your School Counselor colleagues.

  • $200 registration fee*
  • Eight 2-hour sessions
  • 5 candidates per cohort

*Registration fees are due before the start of the webinar.                                                                                                                                  To register for one of the sessions, please contact Jane Oczkewicz or Debra Pastore

Comments from previous cohort participants:

"...clarified what pitfalls counselors may experience in a process that is clearly designed for teachers."

"I loved how Jane seemed to have a plan from the beginning.  For example, she knew what we would be focusing on in the upcoming sessions which helped set the pace as to where I should be in the NB process.  I loved all of her advice and encouragement."

Heather, NBCT North Carolina

"I've watched the tutorial power points--several times ;) --each time gleaning something more.  It has been so helpful. I find that with every edit of my writing things become a little clearer."

Michelle, NBCT Monroe, WA

"...Our cohort meetings provide a safe opportunity for asking questions and clarifying information. The collaboration and feedback which I received from Jane and my cohort colleagues is invaluable! I thougth that I was answering the prompts accurately. Then, I joined this cohort group and I found out that I was obviously off target."

Kathy, Elementary School Counselor, California

All NBPTS School Counseling programs are facilitated by Jane Oczkewicz, NBCT ECYA/School Counseling. Jane has twenty years school counseling experience as well as ten years classroom teaching experience. She has facilitated at multiple levels for National Boards including WEA Jump Start, WEA Home Stretch, and for the WSCA.

Benefits of NBPTS Certification for School Counselors

  • Professional growth/development -"It's the best professional development that I ever had!"
  • Opportunities for continued professional growth
  • Improvement in your School Counseling Program
  • Validation of your work as an accomplished School Counselor
  • Leadership opportunites:  mentoring, training, speaking engagements, state committees 
  • Personal satisfaction of meeting the highest standards in the nation for School Counseling certification


Contact Us

Jane Oczkewicz

Jane Oczkewicz,
School Counselor NBCT
Leader WSU NBPTS School Counseling Support Program

College of Education, Cleveland Hall, PO Box 642114, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-2114, Contact Us