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(a) Except as provided in (b) and (c) of this section, to meet the requirements of AS 08.29.110 (a)(5), an applicant's degree must be from an institution of higher education that was accredited, at the time of the applicant's graduation, by the
(1) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;
(2) New England Association of Schools and Colleges;
(3) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;
(4) Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges;
(5) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;
(6) Western Association of Schools and Colleges; or
(7) Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
(b) If the applicant's degree is from an institution of higher education in the United States that is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency not listed in (a) of this section, to meet the requirements of AS 08.29.110 (a)(5) the degree must have included course work in at least eight of the following subject areas:
(1) the helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice;
(2) human growth and development;
(3) lifestyle and career development;
(4) group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consulting;
(5) assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals;
(6) social and cultural foundation, including multicultural issues;
(7) principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior;
(8) marriage and family counseling and therapy;
(9) research and evaluation; and
(10) professional counseling orientation; and ethics.
(c) To meet the requirements of AS 08.29.130 , an applicant's degree must be from a foreign college or university approved by the board that meets the standards of a regionally or nationally accredited education institution in the United States. To be approved, a degree from a foreign college or university must have included course work in at least eight of the subject areas listed in (b)(1) - (10) of this section.
(d) An applicant who has not obtained enough graduate semester hours in the applicant's earned master's degree in counseling or a related professional field to meet the 60 graduate semester hours required under AS 08.29.110 (a)(5)(B) may obtain the additional graduate semester hours needed to meet that requirement from an accredited program in (a) of this section either online or at an institution.
History: Eff. 10/30/99, Register 152; am 1/28/2005, Register 173
Authority: AS 08.29.020
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