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School Counseling Data Specialist



Collecting and analyzing data can help school counselors and their administrators identify achievement gaps, understand educational issues and assess programs to ensure they are making a difference for all students. For school counseling programs to be considered a pivotal and valued resource to the learning environment, school counselors must commit to formulating and executing services that link their work to the instructional mission and concretely demonstrate accountability for student academic success.

School counselors need to use data for four reasons:
  • Identify school counseling program goals
  • Monitor student progress to close the achievement gap
  • Assess and evaluate programs
  • Demonstrate school counseling program effectiveness.
To address the need for school counselors to understand how to use data in their programs, ASCA offers the School Counseling Data Specialist program.

For just $99 ($249 for nonmembers), you can earn five CEUs (equal to 50 contact hours) focused on the ins and outs of using data in your school counseling program – all from the comfort of your own home or office. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Materials:  How to Get Started
  1. Register here to sign up for the School Counseling Data Specialist Training. 
  2. Read/view the above assignments. 
  3. Take your exams to indicate mastery of the subject matter. To access your exams, log in to the ASCA website and click on "My ASCA."  Then click on My Profile. From your My Profile page, click on the “Purchases” tab at the top, then click on “Exams” on the left. Your ASCA U Specialist Course and its affiliated exams will be listed in the center of your screen. Click on “Details” then “Take Quiz” to begin taking and passing your exams.
  4. Once you successfully pass all course exams by correctly answering every question, you can view and download a record of your education credits by going to your “Account” tab at the top of your profile and clicking on the “Education Credits” on the left. A certificate suitable for framing with arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks.