- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 30
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate: Yes
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Course SummaryRefresh your knowledge of the topics you'll find on the FTCE Guidance and Counseling exam with this comprehensive study guide. Use these video lessons and quizzes to test your understanding of the material and ensure you can earn a passing score on the exam.
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About This Course
With this expertly-taught study guide, you'll review everything you need to know to pass the FTCE Guidance & Counseling PK-12 exam, which is part of the certification requirements to become a guidance counselor in the state of Florida. Our easily accessible online format makes it convenient and fun to refresh your knowledge of the profession, including student advising, assessments, postsecondary/career guidance, legal and ethical issues, and more.
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Syllabus & Course Information
This online study guide was especially developed to help you prepare for the FTCE Guidance and Counseling exam. The guide is broken down into chapters, which are further divided into individual video lessons to make your learning experience as comprehensive as possible. In addition to introducing major counseling theories and techniques for interacting with students in individual, small- and large-group settings, this study guide covers the following topics:
- Knowledge of activities and programs for addressing current issues
- Assessments of learning
- Counseling students on career development
- Consultation, collaboration and coordination in school counseling
- Professional, ethical and legal issues in school counseling
- Academic advisement
- Appropriate technology
- Social and cultural diversity issues for school counselors
In this study guide, you'll work through five chapters that cover 28 lessons designed specifically to align with the content you'll encounter on the FTCE exam. For additional review, this guide also includes quizzes, worksheets and cumulative chapter tests that will help you keep track of your studies. Work through these resources on your schedule and at your own pace; take as much time as you need to gain a full understanding of the material.
FTCE Guidance & Counseling PK-12 (018) Exam Information
All potential public school guidance counselors in the state of Florida must pass the FTCE Guidance & Counseling PK-12 (018) exam.
- Number of Questions: 120 questions
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Exam Cost: $200 (First attempt) / $220 (Retake)
FTCE Guidance and Counseling Exam Preparation and Registration
This study guide was developed by professionals with experience in guidance and counseling. The video lessons can complement what you learned in college, and you might even uncover some concepts you haven't encountered before. Self-assessment quizzes accompany each lesson. These can show you areas where you need additional help and expose you to the types of questions you're likely to see on the FTCE.
You'll register for the FTCE Guidance and Counseling exam online, and you'll receive an admissions ticket, which you need to bring with you to the test, via email following registration. During registration, you'll select which Florida school districts you want to receive your scores.
FTCE Guidance and Counseling Exam Scoring
It will be approximately four weeks before your official test results are released; however, you can get your unofficial score the day of your test. The minimum scaled score to qualify for certification is 200 points. In addition to getting your total score, you'll find out how you performed in each of the following content categories:
Questions on your general knowledge of counseling make up approximately ¼ of the FTCE Guidance and Counseling exam. In addition to facing questions about major theories in counseling, you might be asked to apply these theories across specific situations or populations. You also might have to show that you have the leadership, listening and responding skills to serve students with varying needs.
Activities and Programs for Addressing Current Issues
This section comprises approximately 14% of the exam. Questions might center on use of evidence-based strategies to help students reach their academic potential and intervention strategies to help those who exhibit high-risk or addictive behaviors. Other topics covered in this section might include character education, conflict resolution, crisis counseling and management, drug education and prevention of bullying.
Around 8% of the exam focuses on your knowledge of student assessment. You might be asked about basic concepts of measurement, such as norming and standardization, or strengths and weaknesses of standardized and nonstandardized forms of assessment. You also might have to interpret assessment results and pinpoint circumstances that could affect student performance on assessment tests.
Career Development and Postsecondary Opportunities
This section of the test, which features approximately 9% of the questions, measures your knowledge of career development theories and resources. You might be asked to analyze assessment data related to career development or outline approaches that students can use to make decisions about their futures. Questions also might focus on opportunities for technical career education versus options at 4-year colleges and universities.
Consultation, Collaboration and Coordination
Another 9% or so of the questions on the FTCE Guidance and Counseling exam gauge your competency in working with various stakeholders in students' success. Questions also might focus on enhancing the school environment, helping students in transition and communicating via e-mail, websites and other methods. You also might be tested on your ability to implement and evaluate an ethical and professional school counseling program that is sensitive to the multicultural needs of students and faculty.
Professional, Ethical and Legal Considerations
In this section, which comprises another 8% or so of the exam, you'll be asked to show that you understand legal and ethical standards in counseling. Questions might cover legal rights regarding student records and legislation aimed at students who have special needs.
Around 6% of questions focus on your knowledge of academic advisement, including helping students with course selection, informing them about graduation requirements and advising them about the college admission process. You also might be asked about ways to close gaps in student achievement and opportunity.
Research, Program Evaluation and Follow-Up
Another 6% of the test measures your knowledge of research, program evaluation and follow-up techniques. Topics covered in this section might include accountability, needs assessment techniques and research methodology. Other questions might address monitoring students' progress and reporting that progress to stakeholders.
Approximately 5% of this FTCE exam gauges your proficiency in utilizing technology to access and manage students' information. You also might be asked about using technology to plan and organize a school counseling program and to transmit students' transcripts to other institutions.
Social and Cultural Diversity
Around 10% of questions revolve around social and cultural diversity. Questions might focus on multicultural and societal factors that impact development of a counseling program and your ability, as a counselor, to address your own biases. You also might be asked about inclusive strategies that can benefit both school and community.
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