School Counseling Profession
The Role of the Professional School Counselor
As determined by the Indiana Department of Education, the role and primary function of a School Counselor is to develop, manage, and deliver a comprehensive school counseling program, to provide educational, career and student assistance services as defined and required in 511 IAC-4-1.5, and to advocate for systemic change, reducing barriers to learning and increasing success for all students.
School Counselor Job Description
During the 2010 legislative session, House Bill 1135 passed to become House Enrolled Act 1135, which includes the following language:
SECTION 6. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]
(a) Not later than July 1, 2011, the department of education, in cooperation with other appropriate associations, shall develop a uniform job description for school counselors. The job description must allow school corporations flexibility in assigning duties to school counselors based on local needs.
A “uniform job description” was developed by the Indiana Department of Education in collaboration with representatives from the Indiana School Counselor Association
(ISCA) and Indiana Association of College Admission Counseling (IACAC), school counselor educators at various Indiana post secondary institutions,and K-12 school counselors across the state.
In addition, the Indiana School Counselor Association led a team consisting of K-12 school counselors, counselor educators, school administrators, and representatives from the Indiana Counseling Association and IACAC in developing a School Counselor Effectiveness Rubric. School administrators may opt to use this tool in evaluating K-12 school counselors. The rubric is being piloted by 18 school counselor/administrator teams this semester and feedback will be used to modify the plan.