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 must include:
One semester hour of coursework; or
One CPD; or
An equivalent number of CEUs that addresses the following:
The need for intervention or referral in response to indicators of mental illness and behavioral distress, including, but not limited to:
Youth Suicide; and
The identification of professional resources and best practices for distributing resources to parents or guardians to help students in crisis.
When submitting coursework for this requirement, please include a course description or syllabus with your request.
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 must present the requirements outlined above, including those who choose to accelerate a renewal to the next professional certificate.
**Although CEUs are acceptable to meet the requirements above, the remaining coursework submitted for renewal must meet the following definition:
Earned or taught at a regionally accredited college/university or through Maryland approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits; and
Related to a school assignment; and
Earned within 5 years immediately preceding the date the certificate is issued.
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 requirements*:
McDaniel College - PDE 550 Youth Suicide Prevention
Frostburg State University - Edx Small Private Online Course (SPOC) - Suicide Prevention Theory and Practice
Goucher College - ED 634.300 Seminar in At-Risk Students: Suicide Prevention
Student Services Academy - EDAU 9767 Lauryn's Law
Loyola University - EDCG822.W01
Washington Adventist University - CPSY 692: Navigating Mental Health and Other Challenges in School Settings
*Courses do not require approval by the MSDE to be applied toward the requirements established in