ASCA School Counselor Preparation Program Standards
College/university school counselor preparation programs may seek national recognition of their school counselor preparation program through the ASCA Specialized Professional Association (SPA) under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The ASCA School Counselor Preparation Program Standards are a unified set of principles guiding school counselor preparation programs in training effective future school counselors in areas of professional practice and ethical behavior.
CAEP, like accreditors in law, medicine, engineering and other professional fields, maintains standards as the foundation for preparation in its professional domain – educators in P–12 schools. Through its affiliated SPAs, CAEP also adopts standards for initial and advanced preparation programs in specialty licensure areas. These standards are written for different fields of teaching (e.g., elementary, special education, secondary mathematics) and for other school professionals (e.g., principals, librarians, school psychologists). To earn the ASCA national recognition, colleges/universities must be accredited by CAEP. Learn more about CAEP.
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Development of the Standards
ASCA SPA Standards
ASCA SPA Rubrics
ASCA SPA Assessment Guidelines
Apply for the ASCA SPA National Recognition (coming soon) 
ASCA SPA Handbook (coming soon)
Sample Program Reports (coming soon)
Become a Reviewer

Programs seeking the ASCA SPA are reviewed by a team of three reviewers, who are prepared and trained by ASCA. If you’re interested in being considered, please email SPA coordinator Angela Hickman.