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School Counseling

School CounselingThe Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.05.05.02 mandates a planned, systematic program of counseling, consulting, appraisal, information, and placement services for students, grades PreK-12.  The program must be designed to address three goal areas: (1) personal and academic growth; (2) educational and career decision-making; (3) social/emotional growth and interpersonal relations. School counselors must meet the certification requirements set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education.  Generally, elementary schools have one certified school counselor, and middle and high schools have two to five certified school counselors, depending on the size of the school.
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School Counselors: Making a Difference
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Contact Information
Michael Linkins, Specialist, School Counseling
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  (410) 767-0769
Fax:  (410) 333-8148
Email:  michael.linkins@maryland.gov
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2016 Maryland Student Records Manual, August 2015
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School Counseling Practical Strategies 1st Edition
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Bullet Maryland High School Graduation Requirements
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