School Counselor Renewal Requirements

On October 6, 2016, regulations were adopted that established additional renewal requirements for school counselors.  

Upon renewal of a certificate in school counseling, an individual must present 6 acceptable credits, which shall include:

  • One semester hour of coursework; or
  • One CPD; or
  • An equivalent number of CEUs that addresses the following:

(a) The need for intervention or referral in response to indicators of mental illness and behavioral distress, including, but not limited to:
  • Depression;
  • Trauma;
  • Violence;
  • Youth Suicide; and
  • Substance Abuse.

(b) The identification of professional resources and best practices for distributing resources to parents or guardians to help students in crisis.

Policy allows school counselors who currently hold a valid Maryland certificate one full renewal cycle prior to having to meet this requirement. Those who were issued a certificate on or after January 1, 2017 and choose to accelerate the renewal of their certificate to the next professional level must present the requirements outlined above. 

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School counselors may present one course or a combination of courses to fulfill the regulation requirements. 

MSDE is currently aware of the following coursework, which may be used to satisfy the requirement*:

*Courses do not require approval by the MSDE to be applied toward the requirements established in COMAR 13A.12.03.02F.