House File 2075 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2075 BY ISENHART and KOESTER A BILL FOR An Act relating to school guidance counselors and professional 1 service providers, including professional service and 2 secondary guidance counselor preparation and professional 3 development programs, related licensing and endorsement 4 requirements under the board of educational examiners, and 5 the provision of career and academic guidance counseling 6 services by school districts. 7 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 8 TLSB 5069YH (8) 84 kh/nh
H.F. 2075 Section 1. Section 256.9, Code Supplement 2011, is amended 1 by adding the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 62. a. Collaborate with, at a minimum, 3 the board of educational examiners; the Iowa association of 4 community college trustees; the association of Iowa area 5 education agencies; the Iowa school counselor association; the 6 economic development authority; the department of workforce 7 development; the governor’s science, technology, engineering, 8 and mathematics advisory council; and students recommended by 9 the Iowa jobs for America’s graduates program; or successor 10 entities, to develop standards and procedures for the approval 11 of professional service and secondary guidance counselor 12 preparation and professional development programs that, upon 13 approval by the department, academic institutions which grant 14 postgraduate degrees may offer to persons seeking authorization 15 by the board of educational examiners to serve as secondary 16 school guidance counselors or to provide professional services 17 in Iowa schools. 18 b. Community colleges, the economic development authority, 19 and the department of workforce development shall consult 20 and coordinate with employment and workplace stakeholders in 21 assisting the director in developing standards and procedures 22 for the approval of programs pursuant to this subsection. 23 c. Postsecondary institutions that offer programs approved 24 pursuant to this subsection shall coordinate with community 25 colleges to ensure that the professional development programs 26 approved under this subsection are offered throughout the state 27 at convenient times. 28 d. The requirements for coursework and programs approved 29 pursuant to this subsection shall include but not be limited 30 to the following: 31 (1) Provision of information regarding career exploration, 32 planning, and development assistance; and opportunities 33 available to Iowa’s students from targeted industries as 34 defined in section 15.411, subsection 1, as well as industries 35 -1- LSB 5069YH (8) 84 kh/nh 1/ 5
H.F. 2075 requiring skilled workers with educational backgrounds in 1 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 2 (2) One semester credit or the equivalent issued by a 3 community college in Iowa for coursework or professional 4 development in career exploration, career education, and 5 career planning which shall be offered by community colleges 6 at the resident tuition rate set pursuant to section 260C.14, 7 subsection 2, to students enrolled in approved professional 8 service and guidance counselor preparation programs and to 9 persons renewing their professional service or secondary 10 guidance counselor licenses or endorsements pursuant to section 11 272.9B. Each community college shall offer this coursework by 12 July 1, 2013, unless there is no demand for the coursework. If 13 a community college fails to offer coursework or professional 14 development in career exploration, career education, and career 15 planning by July 1, 2013, the provisions of section 272.9B 16 shall not apply to an applicant described in that section who 17 resides within the boundaries of the community college and 18 who is employed by an Iowa school as a secondary guidance 19 counselor, until July 1, 2014, or until twelve months following 20 the date upon which the coursework is made available by the 21 community college, whichever is later. 22 e. The director shall establish an application and review 23 process for approval of programs developed and implemented 24 pursuant to this subsection. 25 f. For purposes of this subsection, “professional service” 26 refers to preparation and professional development programs 27 for, and licensure and endorsement of, persons who are 28 authorized under chapter 272 to provide services in Iowa 29 schools as a school counselor. 30 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION . 272.9B Professional service and 31 guidance counselor licenses. 32 Beginning July 1, 2014, except as provided in section 33 256.9, subsection 62, paragraph “d” , the board shall require 34 applicants for professional service and secondary guidance 35 -2- LSB 5069YH (8) 84 kh/nh 2/ 5
H.F. 2075 counselor licenses and endorsements, and for the renewal of 1 such licenses and endorsements, to have successfully completed 2 a professional service or secondary guidance counselor 3 preparation program or professional development program, 4 as appropriate, approved in accordance with section 256.9, 5 subsection 62. 6 Sec. 3. Section 279.61, Code 2011, is amended by adding the 7 following new subsection: 8 NEW SUBSECTION . 3. Beginning July 1, 2015, except as 9 otherwise provided in section 256.9, subsection 62, paragraph 10 “d” , career and academic guidance counseling services shall 11 be provided by the board of directors of a school district 12 to students enrolled in grades nine through twelve only by 13 persons issued professional service or secondary guidance 14 counselor licenses or endorsements pursuant to section 272.9B, 15 or who hold a license issued by the board and meet the renewal 16 requirements for a license pursuant to section 272.9B. 17 EXPLANATION 18 This bill provides for the development of standards and 19 an approval process for professional service and secondary 20 guidance counselor preparation and professional development 21 programs, requires the board of educational examiners to 22 establish related licensing and endorsement requirements, and 23 requires, beginning July 1, 2015, that career and academic 24 guidance counseling services provided by school districts to 25 students enrolled in grades nine through 12 be provided only 26 by persons issued professional service or secondary guidance 27 counselor licenses or endorsements by the board of educational 28 examiners, persons who hold a license issued by the board and 29 who meet the renewal requirements for a license issued pursuant 30 to the requirements established in accordance with the bill. 31 The bill directs the director of the department of 32 education to collaborate with a number of entities to develop 33 requirements for professional service and secondary guidance 34 counselor preparation and professional development programs 35 -3- LSB 5069YH (8) 84 kh/nh 3/ 5
H.F. 2075 that academic institutions which grant postgraduate degrees may 1 offer, upon approval, to persons seeking authorization by the 2 board of educational examiners to serve as school counselors or 3 as secondary school guidance counselors. 4 The entities the director must collaborate with include 5 the board of educational examiners; the Iowa association of 6 community college trustees; the association of Iowa area 7 education agencies; the Iowa school counselor association; the 8 economic development authority; the department of workforce 9 development; the governor’s science, technology, engineering, 10 and mathematics advisory council; and students recommended by 11 the Iowa jobs for America’s graduates program; or successor 12 entities. Employment and workplace stakeholders must be 13 consulted in developing requirements for the programs. 14 Institutions that offer approved programs must coordinate 15 with community colleges to ensure that the professional 16 development programs are offered throughout the state at 17 convenient times. 18 The requirements for coursework and programs must include 19 but not be limited to the provision of information regarding 20 career exploration, planning, and development assistance, 21 and opportunities available to Iowa’s students from targeted 22 industries, as well as industries requiring skilled workers 23 with educational backgrounds in science, technology, 24 engineering, or mathematics; and one semester credit or 25 the equivalent issued by a community college for coursework 26 or professional development in career exploration, career 27 education, and career planning. The credit must be offered 28 by the community colleges at the resident tuition rate to 29 students enrolled in approved programs and to persons renewing 30 their professional service or secondary guidance counselor 31 licenses or endorsements. Each community college must offer 32 this coursework not later than July 1, 2013, unless there is 33 no demand for the coursework. 34 Beginning July 1, 2014, applicants for professional service 35 -4- LSB 5069YH (8) 84 kh/nh 4/ 5
H.F. 2075 and secondary guidance counselor licenses and endorsements 1 shall have successfully completed an approved professional 2 service preparation program, an approved secondary guidance 3 counselor preparation program or, for those renewing such a 4 license or endorsement, an approved professional development 5 program, and shall have the credit issued by a community 6 college for coursework in career exploration, career education, 7 and career planning. 8 The bill allows an applicant additional time to meet the 9 requirement to have successfully completed a preparation 10 program in order to be licensed or employed as a school 11 counselor if their community college fails to offer the 12 necessary coursework. 13 -5- LSB 5069YH (8) 84 kh/nh 5/ 5