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- Available Lessons: 192
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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About This Course
Get ready for the NES School Counselor (501) exam with this comprehensive test preparation course. Covering the fundamentals of human development, counseling types and school counseling programs, this course enables you to study for the exam quickly and efficiently. Our short lessons are taught by subject-matter experts who explain school counseling concepts in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. Be sure to take the accompanying practice assessments to reinforce your knowledge as you study for the exam.
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Syllabus & Course Information
This course covers the types of school counseling concepts that you'll likely encounter on the NES School Counselor exam. As you progress through the course, you'll learn about the basics of student learning and development and the components of quality school counseling programs. When you're finished working through the course, you should be able to:
- Describe cognitive, emotional, social, physical and language development from childhood through adolescence
- Explain a variety of learning theories and instructional strategies
- Design a school guidance counseling program
- Evaluate counseling programs for students from diverse cultural backgrounds and students with special needs
- Compare types of counseling, including crisis, career and college counseling
- Analyze ethical and legal counseling issues
- Assess the professional development process of school counselors
This course contains 180 lessons, which are divided into 15 topical chapters. You'll review video and text-based lessons, and the included self-assessments offer you a quick way to reinforce your understanding of the material. We've also included a final course exam to help you see how prepared you are for the NES School Counselor test.
NES School Counselor (501) Exam Information
The NES School Counselor exam is one of the licensure requirements for school counselors in several states, including New Mexico and Oregon.
- Number of Questions: 150
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: 3 hours
- Exam Cost: $95
NES School Counselor (501) Exam Breakdown
|NES School Counselor (501) Exam Concept||Percent of the NES School Counselor (501) Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Student development and learning||22%||33||80|
|Comprehensive school counseling program||45%||67||78|
|Professional knowledge and practice||33%||50||22|
NES School Counselor Exam Preparation & Registration
You probably encountered many of the topics in this study guide's lessons during your college days, but our instructors may introduce you to a few new ideas, too. These videos examine strategies for creating innovative, effective school counseling programs for students from many backgrounds who have various types of needs. You'll learn more about management techniques, including how technology can help organize a counseling program, and see how to involve families, the community and other education professionals in counseling programs. Each lesson is followed by a short quiz that lets you assess your learning and see where you may need extra study.
The NES School Counselor exam is offered on a space-available basis on many dates throughout the year at testing centers all over the U.S. To register, you must create an account on the exam's website, and select a date and site for testing. You'll receive a confirmation notice when your registration is processed. You can change the test date without penalty up to 24 hours in advance. On test day, all you need to bring is a government-issued photo-bearing ID in the name in which you registered for the test.
NES School Counselor Exam Scoring
A scaled score will be available immediately after you complete the test, and a full score report will be sent to you with two weeks of the test date. In New Mexico, 220 is the passing score, while Oregon requires a score of at least 224. The test is divided into three content domains, which are not individually timed. You can use the three allotted hours as you find necessary. Only correct answers are counted towards your score, which means it's OK to guess if you aren't sure of an answer.
Student Development and Learning
Percentage of total test score: 22%
Exam topics covered: Theories of development in children and adolescents, environmental factors that impact development, special needs (including health conditions) that can influence development and learning, methods of promoting growth and development, characteristics of different learning environments, the influence of culture, family and language on development and sources of stress for students
What you'll study: These lessons offer a review of theories of human development, creativity, stages of language development, how environment and culture impact language development, social development, peer relationships, the impact of parenting styles on learning, abnormal development, social issues in middle childhood, behavioral and other types of disorders, such as eating and mood disorders, latchkey children, Renzulli's triad, classroom strategies, various types of learning theories and teaching strategies.
Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Percentage of total test score: 45%
Exam topics covered: How to use a needs assessment to develop a guidance curriculum, the use of technology to organize a school counseling program, ways to incorporate multiculturalism into a curriculum, characteristics of effective prevention and intervention activities, strategies for active learning, strategies to encourage staff involvement in guidance programs, ways to encourage students to consider post-secondary options, methods of assessing a student's social development, when to provide individual counseling, when students should be referred to other professionals, group counseling methods, crisis counseling methods, time management in a counseling program, methods of community outreach and how school counselors can model fairness
What you'll study: Benefits of integrated curriculum, types of instructional strategies, Bloom's taxonomy, ESL curriculum development, how to identify children with learning disabilities, student intervention plans, individual education plans, how to manage classroom behaviors, evaluating assessments of learning, misuse of assessments, what a comprehensive school counseling program does, characteristics of counseling programs at all grade levels, tools for college counseling, career counseling, multicultural counseling, methods for counseling ESL students, diversity and equality issues, how to support special needs students, counseling theories and models, individual counseling, group counseling, crisis counseling, substance abuse problems and how to stop bullying at school are among the concepts you'll review in our study guide.
Professional Knowledge and Practice
Percentage of total test score: 33%
Exam topics covered: How to select assessment methods, techniques for analyzing data from assessments, program audits, how to forge relationships with families, ways to encourage parental involvement in the school, how to work with other professionals, the mission of the school counseling program and its role in the school's mission, how a counselor can be a change agent, the importance of professional development, ethical standards of the school counseling profession, legal issues related to students and why continual reevaluation of the school counseling program is necessary
What you'll study: Topics covered in these lessons include types of counselors, qualities of an effective counselor, ethics in counseling, licensing and certification requirements, what a school counselor does, educational leadership, advocacy, developing a school counseling program, how to support student matriculation and retention, legal issues for school counselors, importance of program evaluations and how technology can be used in a school counseling program.
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