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Counseling, Psychological and Social Services

Policies and Procedures

Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards (2008) require each high school to provide student support services by a minimum of a ½ time by a licensed guidance counselor, and at the elementary level, by qualified school personnel such as guidance counselors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychometrists, etc. 

Code §37-9-79 (2002) lists the counseling services guidance counselors are required to provide.

Code §37-9-79 requires school counselors to provide student assessment and assessment counseling (which includes personal/social issues, academic, and career issues) and requires school counselors to provide preventive counseling and crisis intervention services.

For a five year educator license in guidance and counseling, a candidate must either hold a five year educator license, have completed a master's degree program in guidance and counseling or hold a master's degree in another area and have completed an approved program for guidance and counseling, and passed the Praxis II specialty area test for guidance counselors OR completed an approved master's degree program for guidance and counseling which includes a full year internship OR hold a master's degree in another area and completed an approved program for guidance and counseling which includes a full year internship, passed the Praxis I and passed the Praxis II specialty area test for guidance counselors. Details are outlined in Licensure Guidelines (436).

Code §37-9-79 (2002) requires school guidance counselors to hold a master's degree in guidance and counseling, or in an emergency situation, an appropriate certification as determined by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development.

For renewal of a five-year educator license as a school counselor 3 semester hours in content or job/skill related area OR 5 continuing education units in content or job/skill related area OR completion of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) process for National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) is required. Details are outlined in Licensure Guidelines (436).

Student-to-Counselor Ratio: The Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards (Process Standards 6.1 and 6.2) requires each high school to provide at a minimum, a ½ time licensed guidance counselor and requires students in elementary schools to have access to qualified student support personnel which includes guidance counselors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychometrists and others.

Requirements for School Psychologists
The minimum requirements for a five year educator license as a school psychologist, a candidate must have completed an approved specialist degree program in school psychology, passed the Praxis I, and passed the Praxis II specialty area test for school psychology. Details are outlined in Licensure Guidelines (451).

For renewal of a five-year educator license as a school psychologist, 3 semester hours in content area or job/skill related area or 5 continuing education units in the content area or job/skill related area are required. Details are outlined in Licensure Guidelines (451).

Student-to-Psychologist Ratio: The Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards (Process Standards 6.2) requires students in elementary schools to have access to qualified student support personnel, which includes guidance counselors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychometrists and others.

Requirements for School Social Workers

The state does not have a policy specifically outlining the requirements for a school social worker. For licensure as a social worker in the state, a candidate must: provide verification of a baccalaureate degree in social work from a college or university accredited by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and scored a minimum of 70 on the ASWB basic exam. Social Work Licensing provides further details.

Student-to-Social Worker Ratio: The Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards (Process Standards 6.2) requires students in elementary schools to have access to qualified student support personnel, which includes guidance counselors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychometrists and others.

Mississippi Policies Related to Health Education

  • Emotional, Social and Mental Health Education
  • Requirements for School Counselors
  • Requirements for School Psychologists
  • Requirements for School Social Workers
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