(a) requires applicants to hold a bachelor's degree in communication disorders or the equivalent;
(b) requires significant clinical experiences under the supervision of an individual holding a professional speech-language pathologist license area of concentration; and
(c) prepares candidate to provide services in a school setting as detailed in the Utah State Board of Education Handbook for Speech-Language Technicians Working in Utah Public Schools.
(2) The Superintendent shall periodically review and revise the handbook for SLTs referenced above.
R277-306-6. School Counselor Preparation Programs.
(1) A Utah institution of higher education may seek approval by the Board for a school counselor preparation program if the program:
(a) prepares candidates to meet the Utah Education School Counselor Standards detailed in Rule R277-530;
(b)(i) results in a master's degree in school counseling; or
(ii) requires a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in a related field for entrance into the program;
(c) aligns with the 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Program Standards; and
(d) requires candidates to demonstrate all competencies required for the College and Career Readiness Certificate.
(2) For a program applicant accepted after January 1, 2020, a school counselor preparation program shall require multiple opportunities for a program applicant to successfully demonstrate application of knowledge and skills gained through the program in a school-based setting in each of the following:
(a) collaborating with learners, families, colleagues, and community members to build or implement a shared vision and supportive professional culture focused on student growth and success;
(b) delivering a sequential school counseling curriculum aligned with the Utah Model for College and Career Readiness School Counseling Program;
(c) leading individuals and groups of students and their parents or guardians through the development of educational and career plans;
(d) counseling individuals and small groups of students with identified needs and concerns;
(e) developing or maintaining a crisis prevention/youth protection response plan; and
(f) collecting and analyzing data for the purpose of accountability and program evaluation.
R277-306-7. School Social Worker Preparation Programs.
(1) A Utah institution of higher education may seek approval by the Board for a school social worker preparation program if the program:
(a) results in a masters of social work degree;
(b) is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education;
(c) includes school-based clinical experiences for a candidate to observe, practice skills, and reflect on practice that:
(i) are significant in number, depth, breadth, and duration; and
(ii) are progressively more complex;
(d) requires demonstration of competency in:
(i) knowledge of the role of a school social worker in furthering the educational mission of an LEA;
(ii) applying theoretical social work concepts and practical skills to the k-12 educational setting, including:
(A) social, emotional, family, and community assessment;
(B) individual, group, and family counseling;
(C) casework; and
(D) crisis intervention;
(iii) knowledge and application of rules regarding data and record keeping that apply to data available in a school, including:
(A) the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; and
(B) Title 53E, Chapter 9, Student Privacy and Data Protection;
(iv) knowledge of laws regarding disabilities and their application to school social worker practices and the school setting, including:
(A) the IDEA; and
(B) the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 12101;
(v) utilizing information from assessments in an educational setting to develop student focused programs and interventions;
(vi) implementation of evidence-based curriculum in response to current social and emotional aspects of education; and
(vii) providing and advocating for services that support the social and emotional aspects of education;
(e) requires multiple opportunities for a program applicant admitted after January 1, 2020 to successfully demonstrate application of knowledge and skills gained through the program in a school-based setting in each of the following areas:
(i) utilizing information from assessments in the development of student-focused and system-focused programs and interventions in a school setting;
(ii) counseling individuals and small groups of students with identified needs and concerns;
(iii) implementing varied models and strategies of consultation, collaboration, and communication with teachers, individuals, and families; and
(iv) developing or updating a crisis prevention/youth protection response plan.
(2) An individual holding a licensed certified social worker "CSW" license or licensed clinical social worker "LCSW" license through the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing in accordance with Rule R156-60a qualifies for an associate educator license with an associate school social worker license area of concentration detailed in Section R277-301-4 if the individual, no more than one calendar year prior to the application:
(a) completes a criminal background check, including review of any criminal offenses and clearance in accordance with Rule R277-214; and
(b) completes the educator ethics review described in Rule R277-302.
(3)(a) The Superintendent shall work with Utah universities and LEAs to create and administer a non-degree professional license preparation program for individuals described in Subsection (2) that meets all the requirements of Subsections (1)(c) through (1)(e) above.
KEY: preparation, psychologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech-language technicians, counselors
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: July 9, 2020
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53E-3-401(4); 53E-6-201