School Counseling National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
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.
Introduction to National Board Certification * School Counseling 3.0 Webinar
WSU is offering 3 opportunities to get started on your certification for 2014-2015. Each Introduction webinar consists of three 2-hour sessions via GoToMeeting from 10 a.m. - noon each day.
- June 23, 24 & 25
- June 30, July 1 & 2
- August 5, 6 & 7
The Introduction webinar will focus on the connection between the National Board Five Core Propositions and the School Counseling NBPTS standards; the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching/School Counseling, and the writing requirements / process for National Boards.
The registration fee for the 3-session Introduction webinar is $150 and must be paid prior to the start of the program.
Comments from previous course attendees:
"...clarified what pitfalls counselors may experience in a process that is clearly designed for teachers."
"...the mini sessions were very specific. The resources provided were also very helpful."
"...I have Jane's resource documents right in front of me while I'm writing my portfolio entries. They keep me focused on what I am supposed to be writing about. Having the resources available on our Wiki is extremely helpful. I can download them even when I am writing late at night. I have started critiquing my School Counseling program by carrying a daily journal with me. At the end of the day I reread my entries and think, 'How did this benefit my School Counseling program?'
Andre...Washington High School Counselor
"...Our cohort meetings provide a safe opportunity for asking questions and clarifying information. the collaboration and feed back which I receive 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 from 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
- Professionalgrowth/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
Jane Oczkewicz, School Counselor NBCT, WSU School Counseling NBPTS program leader
Debra Pastore, Director
National Board Certification
College of Education
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-2132