Question of the Month (June 2016)

Do School Counselors need to register under the new CTLE regulations?  The CTLE regulations don’t apply to school counselors at this time.  The link to NYSED with relevant information is here:  http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/news/newsitem05122015.html


How do I join NYSSCA?  Visit the NYSSCA.org Membership Page for online and paper membership options

What benefits do I receive as a member?  Visit the NYSSCA.org Membership Only Benefits Page

I forgot my username and password for the Members Only section.  Contact executivedirector@nyssca.org

I’m not a School Counselor.  Can I still become a member?  Yes, you can join as an Associate Member, the category for individuals interested in counseling who are not eligible for any other type of membership. Visit the Membership Page for online and paper membership options.

Where is information about

NYSSCA position statements? Visit the NYSSCA.org Position Statements page.

NYSED School Counseling Program regulations?  Visit the NYSED website on Part 100 regulations.

NYSED graduation requirements?  Visit the NYSED website Diploma Requirements and Diploma/Credential chart.

Professional Development 

How can I find out more about the NYSSCA annual conference?  Visit the NYSSCA.org Annual Conference Page

How can I find out about regional professional development opportunities?  Visit the NYSSCA.org Professional Development  under Counselor Resources tab and the NYSSCA Calendar under the Governance tab.
Careers, Jobs, Networking

What are the NYS school counselor certification requirements?  Visit the NYSED website Certification Requirements page.

  • Select “Administrative and Pupil Personnel Services” for Area of Interest.
  • Select “School Counseling” for Subject Area.
  • Select PreK-12 All Grades” for grade level.
  • Select “School Counselor” for title.
  • Type of certificate will depend upon what level of certification you are interested in learning about.

Which colleges and universities in NYS offer school counseling programs?   NYSED has a search feature of registered programs in NYS that prepare school counselors:

  • Select “Search for programs leading to Teacher Certification” and then “submit”.
  • Select “School Counselor” from the drop down menu of certification titles and then “submit”.

Where can I find school counseling job opportunities in New York State?  Many NYS districts utilize the OLAS Online Application System.
Roles and Ratios

Does NYSED mandate school counselors or ratios?  NYSED supports the ASCA standard of 100-250 students per school counselor but has not mandated this or any ratio.

What are the student-to-school-counselor ratios in NYS?  The most recent data available is from ASCA for 2013-14.

Where do I find the ASCA School Counselor Competencies?  Visit the ASCA School Counselor Competencies Page

Where do I find the 2016 ASCA Ethical Standards?  Visit ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.


How can I contact NYSSCA board members?  Visit the 2016-17 NYSSCA Executive Board page under the Governance tab on the main page of www.NYSSCA.org.

Q & A for School Counselor on Common Core Learning Standards