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Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I and Standard Guidance Certification Program, Ref. #048

This program is designed for individuals with a master's degree in school counseling who have a Kentucky School Counselor Certification. Program requirements are presented in three parts: courses for P-12 Certification, additional courses for Standard Guidance Certification, and additional courses for Rank I status. The P-12, Standard Guidance, and Planned 6th Year Rank I course work is designed to provide additional preparation and competency for school counseling.

P-12 Certification is a prerequisite for Standard Guidance and Rank I status. 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. The combined master's and Rank I programs for individuals with P-12 Guidance Certification require a minimum of 60 hours. Standard Guidance Certification is earned after one year of experience as a school counselor for those certified as teachers and two years of experience 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, and Rank I Programs, applicants must complete the Graduate Studies application process. Admission requires applicants to document completion of a master’s degree in school counseling and current certification as a school counselor in Kentucky.

Program Requirements

Specific requirements for P-12, Standard Guidance, and Rank I depend on the applicant’s school counseling master’s degree program and current certification. For the Rank I, the total number of graduate hours earned must be at least 60, including the school counseling master’s degree.

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

State regulations require individuals who possess school counseling 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 and Rank I Status. 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 SCHOOL COUNSELING CERTIFICATE AND WHO HAVE COMPLETED A 30 OR 36-HOUR PROGRAM IN SCHOOL COUNSELING Two (6 hours) of the following courses 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 SCHOOL COUNSELING CERTIFICATE AND WHO HAVE COMPLETED A 48-HOUR PROGRAM IN SCHOOL COUNSELING CONSISTENT WITH CACREP SCHOOL COUNSELING STANDARDS

Two (6 hours) of the following courses 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

RANK I PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH STANDARD GUIDANCE CERTIFICATION WHO HAVE COMPLETED EITHER A 30 OR 36-HOUR PROGRAM IN SCHOOL COUNSELING:

Six courses (18 hours) are required to achieve eligibility for Rank I status for individuals who have completed requirements for Standard Guidance Certification. These hours must be in addition to those completed in the student’s master’s degree program in school counseling and those completed to qualify for Standard Guidance Certification. For the Rank I, the total number of graduate hours earned must be at least 60.

All individuals must take

  • CNS 658 Seminar Guidance/Counseling 3 hours AND five (15 hours) of the following courses not previously completed:
  • CNS 592 Crisis Counseling 3 hours
  • CNS 637 Theories of Addiction 3 hours
  • CNS 569 Play Therapy 3 hours
  • CNS 584 Counseling Violent and Dysfunctional Families 3 hours
  • CNS 586 Parenting Issues 3 hours
  • CNS 562 Counseling Adolescents 3 hours
  • CNS 653 Brief Counseling 3 hours
  • CNS 580 Family Life Studies 3 hours
  • One CNS Elective selected with prior approval of advisor.

RANK I PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH STANDARD GUIDANCE CERTIFICATION WHO HAVE COMPLETED A 48-HOUR PROGRAM IN SCHOOL COUNSELING CONSISTENT WITH CACREP SCHOOL COUNSELING STANDARDS:

Two of the following courses (6 hours) are required to qualify for Rank I Status for individuals who have completed requirements for Standard Guidance Certification. These hours must be in addition to those completed in the student’s 48 hour master’s degree program and to hours completed for Standard Guidance Certification. For the Rank I, the total number of graduate hours earned must be at least 60.

  • CNS 592 Crisis Counseling 3 hours
  • CNS 637 Theories of Addiction 3 hours
  • CNS 569 Play Therapy 3 hours
  • CNS 584 Counseling Violent and Dysfunctional Families 3 hours
  • CNS 586 Parenting Issues 3 hours
  • CNS 562 Counseling Adolescents 3 hours
  • CNS 653 Brief Counseling 3 hours
  • CNS 580 Family Life Studies 3 hours
  • One CNS Elective selected with prior approval of advisor.

A certified teacher with a master's degree in a content area other than school counseling may obtain a Provisional Guidance Certificate P-12 by completing a second master's degree in School Counseling. Up to 12 hours of acceptable previous graduate work may be applied to this program if completed within the previous 6 years. However, all courses counted in the program must meet current standards. Because some older courses may not meet current standards, it may be necessary to evaluate older courses to determine whether they may be counted in the student’s program.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14