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Do I need to know which grade level I want to work in as a school counselor when I start the program?

December 23, 2009

No, you do not need a definitive idea of your preferred grade level. We do require three separate internships during the program, one at each level (elementary, middle school, and high school), so that you gain experience at every level and increase your eventual job opportunities. The job of the school counselor looks different at each level, and we want to provide you with that experience first-hand. It may help to have some idea of your level preferences to inform your internship sequences. Upon completion of the program students are eligible for a K-12 School Counseling license from Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

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