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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 designed for school counselors.WSU provides four interactive online support opportunities specifically for school counselors.

Foundations to NBPTS Certification for School Counselors      

The Foundations interactive webinar is the starting point for your National Board certification journey. 
Foundations Seminar syllabus
> $150 registration fee
> Three 2-hour sessions

Component Seminars for School Counselors

Interactive support sessions are delivered in an online cohort environment with other school counselors to guide you through the specific requirement process for each ECYA-SC National Board component.
Component 1 syllabus
Component 2 syllabus
>  $200 registration fee for each Component cohort
>  Eight 2-hour sessions

Mini Symposiums for School Counselors

Support through PowerPoint tutorials with voice-overlay to guide you through ECYA-SC National Board requirements for Component 2 and Component 3.  Resources and writing feedback are provided.
>  $150 registration fee for each component

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

 

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