School counseling programs in Tennessee have always played an important role in the educational process for students. School counselors work with students, families, communities, faculties and staff to address issues that have a substantial impact on student academic, personal/social and career development. Wherever counselors serve, be it in rural, urban or suburban areas, they strive to meet the needs of all students.
To learn more about school counseling, see the resources below. For additional information, please contact Dr. Karey Lowdermilk, Manager of College and Career Counseling.
Tennessee School Counseling Model & Standards
Tennessee’s comprehensive school counseling model and standards, adopted in 2005, revised in 2016, and currently undergoing revisions to more closely align with the updated national model and standards, govern the day-to-day activities of professional school counselors serving students in all
- Tennessee School Counseling Model & Standards Policy
- Tennessee Comprehensive School Counseling Implementation Guide
School Counseling Licensure
A school counselor is a trained professional, with an advanced degree in school counseling, who helps
students navigate challenges, make educational decisions, and develop essential life skills.
For more information on how to become a school counselor in Tennessee, please
see the Tennessee Educator Licensure Policy. Information specifically related to school counseling is located on pages 11-13.
Information for licensed Tennessee school counselors looking to renew, activate, or update their
personal information can be found here.
School Counseling Resources
- Graduation Requirements
- Course Code Catalog
- Graduation Substitution Policy
- Early Post Secondary Opportunities
- Move On When Ready
- Test Anxiety Toolkit
- ACT Toolkit
Social and Personal Development
- School-based Mental Health Supports Bullying and Harassment
- Suicide Prevention Character Education School Climate
- College, Career and Technical Education PK-4 Career Readiness Milestones
- 5-12 Student Milestones for College & Career Readiness Approved Career Aptitude Assessments
- Career Clusters Work-Based Learning College for TN
- Tennessee College Access & Success Network Tennessee Promise
- Tennessee Money for College
The Tennessee School Counseling Advisory Council brings together school counseling leaders from across the state to promote collaboration and support the work of school counselors and provide feedback on school
counseling programming, policy, and initiatives. The application window for council membership is open annually, during the summer. As the work continues to grow, the council has a renewed focus on providing opportunities for in-personal collaboration and professional learning opportunities across the state with the belief that Tennessee School Counselors are BETTER TOGETHER.