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The International School Counselor Association has adopted the American School Counselor Association's Ethical Standards for School Counselors. These standards are the tenets of professional responsibility for all school counselors.


To be employed as a counselor in most international schools, the educational requirements for counselors is similar to the expectations of many private schools in the United States as well as other countries around the world. Educators employed in international schools must hold at a minimum a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate, or equivalent. Although it is preferred that school counselors have a Master's degree in school counseling, exceptions are sometimes made by administrators when hiring for a counselor position and many in these positions hold related degrees (i.e. psychology, education, mental health, etc.) Many international school counselors are encouraged and supported by their administration to work towards state, national, or international credentials as a school counselor.

In 2017 a committee of international school counselors will be formed to review these Code of Ethics for ISCA members.

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