Western Kentucky University

Counseling and Student Affairs

Provisional to P-12 Standard Guidance, Concentration KGCP, Ref. #159

Students may pursue the certifications listed below as certification-only programs or as part of the Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I in Guidance. Those seeking the Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I in Guidance should note that it requires other course work in addition to the courses described below.

The Provisional to P-12 Standard Guidance program is designed for individuals with a master's degree in school counseling who have provisional P-12 Guidance Certification. P-12 Guidance Certification is a prerequisite for Standard Guidance Certification. Individuals certified at the elementary (Grades K-8) or secondary (Grades 5-12) levels must first complete the 6 semester hours required to obtain P-12 Certification.

Standard Guidance Certification requires both completion of required course work and completion of one year of employment as a school counselor for those certified as teachers or two years of employment for those not previously certified as teachers. Many individuals complete the course work prior to completing the experience requirements.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the P-12, Standard Guidance Certification program, applicants must complete the Graduate Studies application process. Admission requires applicants to document completion of a master’s degree in school counseling and current guidance certification in Kentucky.

Certification Requirements

Specific requirements for P-12 and Standard Guidance depend on the applicant’s master’s degree program and current certification.

STANDARD GUIDANCE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO POSSESS CURRENT GUIDANCE CERTIFICATION AT THE ELEMENTARY (GRADES K-8) OR SECONDARY (GRADES 5-12) LEVEL

State regulations require individuals who possess guidance certification at the elementary (K-8) or secondary (5-12) level first to complete requirements (6 hours) for P-12 Certification. P-12 Certification is a prerequisite for Standard Guidance Certification. To earn P-12 Certification, individuals must complete the following courses:

  • CNS 568 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3 hours
  • CNS 660 Administration of Counseling Services 3 hours

STANDARD GUIDANCE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE P-12 GUIDANCE CERTIFICATE AND WHO HAVE COMPLETED A 30 OR 36-HOUR PROGRAM IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

The following courses (6 hours) are required to achieve Standard Guidance Certification:

  • CNS 556 Developmental Career Counseling 3 hours
  • CNS 666 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3 hours

STANDARD GUIDANCE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS HOLDING THE P-12 GUIDANCE CERTIFICATE AND WHO HAVE COMPLETED A 48-HOUR PROGRAM IN SCHOOL COUNSELING CONSISTENT WITH CACREP SCHOOL COUNSELING STANDARDS

The following courses (6 hours) are required to qualify for Standard Guidance Certification:

  • CNS 666 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3 hours AND
  • One of the following courses:
  • CNS 592 Crisis Counseling 3 hours
  • CNS 637 Theories of Addiction 3 hours
  • CNS 569 Play Therapy 3 hours
 Last Modified 7/22/13