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ACSC Candidate Handbook 
Section 1: Introduction
  • About the ASCA-Certified School Counselor (ACSC) Credential
  • Purpose
  • Eligibility Requirements 
Section 2: Application Information/Process
  • Deadlines
  • Fees
  • Application Scoring 
  • Refunds and Deferrals
  • Resources
Section 3: Review and Scoring Process 
  • ACSC Portfolio Scoring 
  • Certification Status and Use of Certification Marks
Section 1: Introduction
About the ASCA-Certified School Counselor (ACSC) Credential
The ASCA-Certified School Counselor (ACSC) credential is an entry-level, individual-based certification that demonstrates school counselor knowledge in designing, implementing and assessing a school counseling program based on the ASCA National Model. School counselors who hold the ACSC demonstrate their commitment to the highest levels of professionalism, ethical practice and continuing professional development in their school counseling practice. ACSCs design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes.  
 
Purpose
Encourage school counselors to develop school counseling programs that 
  • Are based on data-informed decision making
  • Are delivered to all students systematically
  • Include developmentally appropriate instruction focused on the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors all students need for postsecondary readiness and success
  • Close achievement and opportunity gaps
  • Result in improved student achievement, attendance and discipline
  • Promote the utilization of ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors and the ASCA Professional Standards & Competencies
  • Promote continuing professional development for school counselors 
  • Promote uniform credentialing standards across states, agencies, and training institutions
Eligibility Requirements 



Pathway 1 Requirements
  1. Passed the Professional School Counselor PRAXIS within the last 10 years with a score of at least 156 (or must retake the Professional School Counselor PRAXIS and score at least 156)
  2. Complete the ACSC portfolio
  3. Apply for certification
 
Pathway 2 Requirements
  1. Listed on the RAMP application when it was submitted
  2. Passed the Professional School Counselor PRAXIS within the last 10 years with a score of at least 156  (or must retake the Professional School Counselor PRAXIS and score at least 156)
  3. Complete Section 3 of the ACSC portfolio 
  4. Apply for certification



Pathway 3 Requirements
  1. Graduated from the college/university after it received ASCA SPA recognition
  2. Passed the Professional School Counselor PRAXIS within the last 10 years with a score of at least 156 (or must retake the Professional School Counselor PRAXIS and score at least 156)
  3. Apply for certification
Pathway 3 is for individuals who graduate or have graduated from a college or university that has received national recognition of its school counselor preparation program through an ASCA Specialized Professional Association (SPA) under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Applicant must have graduated from the college/university after it received the SPA recognition Note: Individuals who graduate from an ASCA SPA program do not need to submit the ACSC portfolio as they have already fulfilled this requirement through their school counselor preparation program. 
Section 2: Application Information/Process
Deadlines
ACSC applicants may beginning applying in September 2020. Applications deadlines are twice per year:
  • Jan. 15 (certification awarded in May)
  • June 15 (certification awarded in September)
Fees
Those who graduate from an ASCA SPA program:
  • ASCA Member: $110
  • ASCA Nonmember: $250
Those who graduate from a non-ASCA SPA program
  • ASCA Member: $260
  • ASCA Nonmember: $400
Individuals may pay by credit card, check or purchase order. Email purchase orders to asca@schoolcounselor.org. Mail checks to: ASCA, P.O. Box 37149, Baltimore, MD 21297-3149

Refunds and Deferrals
The ACSC application is nonrefundable, but individuals may choose to defer an incomplete application and payment to the next certification cycle. 

Resources
Application checklist (Coming soon)
Sample ACSC portfolio
ACSC portfolio scoring rubric
ASCA National Model templates 
PRAXIS
 Section 3: Review and Scoring Process

ACSC Portfolio Scoring 
The application is scored based on the applicant’s PRAXIS score and the ACSC portfolio. The portfolio scoring rubric is based on “The ASCA National Model: A Foundation for School Counseling Programs (fourth edition)” and “The ASCA National Model Implementation Guide (second edition).” Each application is scored by an ACSC reviewer who is supervised by a lead ACSC reviewer. The application will not be reviewed if all required components are not complete or provided. Be sure to utilize the application checklist (coming soon) to ensure all required components are included. 

Pathway 1: Portfolio score of at least 30 out of 33
Pathway 2: Section 3 portfolio score of at least 15 out of 17 (only Section 3 required)
Pathway 3: No portfolio required

Certification Status and Use of Certification Marks
Certification designation will be announced in May (for Jan. 15 applications) and September (for June 15 applications) of each year. Once certification designation is awarded, individuals may use the ACSC seal on their resume, business card, social media platforms, email signature, etc. for five years, at which point they must apply for recertification.