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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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 three support group options for school counselors.

Full-Candidate NBPTS Certification Cohort

The year-long full-candidate support program (90 hours) provides in-depth coaching to School Counselors enrolled as full NPBTS candidates with:

  • Support, Information, and Resources

To register, email Debra Pastore. Include name, email address, and mailing address.

 Mini Symposium

The 3-session symposium is designed for School Counselors already enrolled in a cohort group and wanting information specific to the School Counseling NBPTS certificate.  The symposium track will provide the following:

  • Information & Resources

Symposium Fee: $100 (includes 5 clock hours). To register, email Debra Pastore. Include name, email address, and mailing address.

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


Contact us

Jane Oczkewicz, School Counselor NBCT, WSU School Counseling NBPTS program leader

Debra Pastore, Director
National Board Certification
Professional Certification
College of Education
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-2132

Phone: 509-335-7475
Fax: 509-335-5046

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