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Credentials for Career Development Counselors

Secondary Career Development Credential
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To receive a Regular Career Development Credential, a career development counselor must have a master's degree with a major in guidance and counseling and meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Hold a North Dakota Educator's Professional License; or hold or be approved to hold a North Dakota Educator's Professional License in School Counseling by the Education Standards and Practices Board (www.nd.gov/espb.)
  2. Hold, or be eligible to hold one of the following credentials from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction: a North Dakota Professional School Counselor Credential or a written plan of study (approved by DPI.) (www.dpi.state.nd.us/resource/rules/current.shtm)
  3. Have had at least one year's occupational experience at wage earning pursuits other than education; or complete Career Advisor Training as provided by the Department of Career & Technical Education*.
  4. Have earned three (3) semester hours of credit in History and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education.
  5. Have completed a minimum of four (4) semester hours of credit in other applicable courses as approved by the State Board for Career and Technical Education. Such courses could include:
    1. Career education
    2. Community education
    3. Counseling the disadvantaged
    4. Adult education
    5. Public relations
    6. Theories of career development
    7. Improved Career Decision Making (ICDM)
    8. Career Resource Network Workshops
    9. National Career Development Standards
    10. Career Advisor Training*
  6. A provisional license may be granted for up to four years (with progress made on an annual basis) for a candidate to meet the requirements of 4 and 5.

Application Process

To apply for a Career Development Credential, complete the Application For Career and Technical Education Teacher Certification (SFN 5415).

Five-Year Renewal

The succeeding renewal of the five-year credential requires verification of a minimum of four (4) semester hours of college or university credit earned within the dates of the credential. Professional Development Conference, approved workshops (i.e. RUReadyND.com Workshops) or continuing education units related to career development are accepted. To renew a Career Development Credential, complete the Renewal Application For Career and Technical Education Teacher Certification (SFN 51688).


Postsecondary Career Development Credential
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A Career Development counselor at the postsecondary level must have a Master's degree in guidance and counseling and must meet the following requirements to receive a regular Career Development Credential.

  1. Have had at least one year's occupational experience at wage earning pursuits other than education.
  2. Have earned three (3) semester hours of credit in History and Philosophy of Career and Technical Education.
  3. Have completed a minimum of four (4) semester hours of credit in other applicable courses as approved by the State Board for Career and Technical Education. Such courses could include:
    1. Career education
    2. Community education
    3. Counseling the disadvantaged
    4. Adult education
    5. Public relations
    6. Theories of career development
    7. Improved Career Decision Making (ICDM)
    8. Career Resource Network Workshops
    9. National Career Development Standards
    10. Career Advisor Training*
  4. A provisional license may be granted for up to four years (with progress made on an annual basis) for a candidate to meet the requirements. This credential must be renewed on an annual basis after showing yearly progress.
  5. Provisional certification may be granted for those candidates with a Master’s degree in a closely related counseling area (i.e. counseling psychology, rehabilitation counseling, developmental psychology, educational psychology or applied psychology). Candidates have a four-year period of time to meet the requirements. At the completion of these requirements, they are eligible for a regular Career Development Credential.

Application Process

To apply for a Career Development Credential, complete the Application For Career and Technical Education Teacher Certification (SFN 5415).

Renewal Process

A regular Career Development Credential must be renewed every five years. To renew a Career Development Credential, a counselor must earn six semester hours and complete the Renewal Application For Career and Technical Education Teacher Certification (SFN 51688).

 

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