Membership Benefits & Types
As an ASCA member, you enjoy robust professional development, award-winning periodicals, peer networking and access to countless opportunities to grow both professionally and personally. As the only national organization serving the school counseling profession, ASCA creates and maintains professional standards and serves as the voice of the profession. As a member of ASCA, you join tens of thousands of other school counselors who share a common vision to ensure success for all students. Join now.
ASCA members receive liability insurance, discounts on publications and professional development and much more. To download a member ID card, login and then click on “My ASCA,” then “My Profile” for a link to print your membership card on the “Overview" tab.
Award-Winning Periodicals: ASCA School Counselor, delivered in print to members bimonthly, offers practical advice, tips and tools addressing the issues school counselors face every day ($90 value). Professional School Counseling, ASCA’s fully digital, peer-reviewed journal advances the profession with manuscripts introducing techniques and evidence-based practices, as well as school counselor theories and concepts ($129 value).
Discounted Publications: ASCA publishes a wide range of books and other publications targeting areas such as school violence, comprehensive school counseling programs, career counseling, social development and more. Members enjoy discounted rates on all ASCA books, including the ASCA National Model.
Professional Development: Participating in regular, certified professional development opportunities is essential to school counselors’ continued growth and competency. In addition to the annual conference, webinars, town halls, and local workshops, ASCA also partners with other organizations to offer members training in areas such as ethics, career counseling and more.
Liability insurance: All professional and student ASCA members are automatically covered for $1 million in excess professional liability coverage at no additional cost. Note that coverage is available only for W-2 employed educators working in a U.S.-based school. Contract employees are not eligible for coverage. Learn more.
ASCA Scene: ASCA’s online community connects you with other school counselors to share ideas, network, and more. Members are automatically added to the Open Forum community and are invited to join other communities specific to grade level or interest. In the ASCA Scene library, you’ll find member-curated content, including everything from student check-in templates to career readiness lessons. ASCA Scene is also your gateway to connect directly with a member you met at a training, at the ASCA Annual Conference or elsewhere in your city or state. Network with and learn from other school counselors 24/7.
ASCA Aspects: The monthly enewsletter, ASCA Aspects keeps members on top of new ASCA programs and resources, as well as new research, tools, and developments in the school counseling field.
Member Logo: As an ASCA member, you can use the ASCA MEMBER logo on your business cards, website, letterhead, etc. (Note, the ASCA MEMBER logo may only be used by professional members and may not be used in any for-profit advertising or marketing materials.)
Professional Membership – $129
Professional members must hold a master's degree or higher in counseling or the substantial equivalent and must be credentialed as a school counselor by a state, district or territory of the United States or the credentialing agency of the country in which they practice or must be employed as counselor educators in a graduate program that prepares school counselors. This is a voting membership type.
Retired Membership – $69
Members who are in retirement and do not hold full-time positions in school counseling are eligible for retired membership. Retired members hold a master's degree or higher in counseling or the substantial equivalent; are or were credentialed as a school counselor by a state, district or territory of the United States or the credentialing agency of the country in which they practice; or were employed as school counselors, supervisors of school counselors or counselor educators in a graduate program that prepares school counselors. This is a voting membership type.
Student Membership – $69
Students who are enrolled in a master’s program preparing school counselors and who do not hold full-time positions in school counseling are eligible for student membership for two years only.* (Doctoral students who meet the requirements for Professional membership may join in that category; otherwise, see Affiliate category.) This is a nonvoting membership type. (*ASCA understands sometimes it takes longer than two years to complete your degree. If you need student membership for more than two years, contact us for a case-by-case decision.)
Affiliate Membership – $129
Individuals interested in counseling, who are not eligible for any other type of membership, may become affiliate members. This is a nonvoting category.